Given that hair transplant surgeries must be carried out with a high degree of precision, it’s no wonder that robotic hair transplants are also an option for patients seeking hair surgery.
The technology that’s currently used in robotic hair transplantation is the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System, which both speeds up and offers unparalleled precision in the harvesting of hair follicles.
To see whether you’d be better off undergoing one type of surgery over the traditional option, here’s a quick comparison between the Artas robotic hair transplant and manual extraction.
Artas Robotic Hair Transplant
The ARTAS system is one of the newest innovations in the industry and offers many benefits for hair transplant patients including:
- It’s a physician-assisted technology that offers permanent and natural-looking results;
- It’s minimally invasive and faster than manual Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE);
- It uses intelligent algorithms to identify and select best hair follicles for transplant;
- Delivers robust and high-quality grafts and preserves natural look of the donor area;
- Each hair is analysed, tracked and monitored 60 times per second;
- Potential for fatigue-related and other human errors are eliminated;
- Assists in the design of the recipient site;
- Detects healthy hair in recipient site and avoids it, creating recipient sites only where transplantation is needed;
- Direction parameters and hair angles are physician-controlled;
- Faster procedure and fast recovery;
- Eliminates prolonged downtime;
- Punch tool size is smaller and size parameters can be adjusted;
- Does not leave scarring, allowing you to style your hair however you want;
- Procedure is carried out using long-action anaesthetic to numb the patient’s scalp.
This type of hair transplant procedure is efficient and it’s less straining on the patient, however, it requires constant supervision from the hair transplant specialist.
While it eliminates the potential of human error, it doesn’t eliminate the need for expertise and experience from the hair transplant surgeon and the medical team involved in the operation. The result is very much dependant on these aspects as well.
Despite being a hair transplant method that relies on automation, it’s still an expensive procedure largely because of the high acquisition costs of the equipment and because surgeons require extensive training to be able to successfully perform procedures with this technology.
Whether FUE or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant), manual extraction and manual hair transplant continue to be cheaper alternatives to robotic hair transplant.
Manual extraction relies exclusively on the proficiency and experience of the hair surgeon, who determines the hair follicles to harvest and carries out the entire hair transplant process himself.
Of course, the risks of human error are higher, scarring – especially when it comes to FUT transplant – is more pronounced, the procedure and recovery itself take longer.
Even so, manual hair transplant can be just as successful as ARTAS-assisted hair transplant if it’s performed by an experienced surgeon.
Which One Should You Choose?
Because not all hair loss is the same, hair surgeons will determine on a case-by-case basis which type of hair surgery is best for the patient.
If you prefer a type of surgery, you can discuss its pros and cons with your hair surgeon and choose the best option together.