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ARTAS Hair Restoration System Receives FDA Approval
It looks like the latest innovation in hair restoration just got a little more interesting: it's a robot. But don't write it off as a scam-- it just got approved by the FDA. The ARTAS™ System combines a computer, imaging technology, a robotic arm, and other technologically advanced devices designed to treat hair loss. Specifically, it aids in the follicular unit extraction (FUE) aspect of hair transplants.
“We are thrilled to receive FDA clearance, and look forward to rolling out the ARTAS System to leading hair restoration physicians,” said Jim McCollum, the Chief Executive Officer of Restoration Robotics. “Hair loss is a very real issue for millions of men in the United States. We’re pleased to offer a powerful new technology for patients who are interested in a safe new way to enhance their quality of life.”
The ARTAS System, manufactured by Restoration Robotics, works by extracting active hair follicles from the back and sides of the heads. This procedure, called FUE, is pretty routine in the world of hair loss treatments-- since hair grows normally in these areas, some of the follicles can be removed and placed on areas of the head that don't grow hair. Since there are so many hair follicles per square inch, these extractions aren't very noticeable. The ARTAS System is different because it's able to electronically identify and extract the follicles using a small dermal punch. The robotic arm moves over the patients scalp, punching out active follicles. After they've been removed from the scalp, they're then manually transplanted to the head by a hair transplant specialist. The ARTAS System is quick and efficient, with the ability to remove between 750 and 1,000 hair follicles per hour.
But since the ARTAS System is controlled by a computer, it doesn't have quite the color visibility of a human. The ARTAS System can only treat men with black or brown hair. Moreover, it's only approved for men with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss). So if you're a man that suffers from a less common form of hair loss like telogen effluvium (TE), you're not a good candidate for the Artas System.
According to Restoration Robotics, 35 million men in the U.S. are effected by androgenetic alopecia. Hair is a sign of youth and vitality, so it's natural that those men want to do something about their hair loss. Sixty-eight percent of men feel helpless about their hair loss. If you're one of those men, you don't have to suffer any longer. You can restore your hair and confidence more easily than ever. The ARTAS System uses the same hair restoration techniques that have been trusted for years, but enables the FUE to be more precise than ever. The technological mishaps that sometimes occur during total manual hair transplantation have been virtually eliminated by the ARTAS System.
“Many patients are seeking less invasive alternatives to the current hair restoration techniques,” said Dr. Miguel Canales, the medical director at Restoration Robotics. “There is growing interest in FUE because of its many patient benefits, such as less discomfort and a quicker return to normal activities. The ARTAS™ System solves many of the technical challenges experienced by physicians currently attempting the FUE procedure which gives physicians and patients an exciting new choice.”
If you'd like to learn more about the exciting new ARTAS System for hair loss, contact us today. We'll set up a private consultation with a hair loss expert in your area.