ARTAS Recipient Site Creation

  • Best Results8-12 months
  • Treatment Recovery1-4 days
  • Procedure Time2-3 hours
  • Skin SpecialistDermatologist
  • Duration of ResultsPermanent
  • AnaestheticBlocks, sedation
  • Back to Work1-2 days
  • Cost$$$$$

ARTAS Recipient Site Creation

Creating the recipient sites for repurposed hair follicles automates another step in the hair transplantation process. The AI or artificial intelligence of ARTAS achieves this with precision, speed & efficiency taking away fine motor errors by even the most experienced hair transplant surgeons.

FactsFacts on ARTAS Recipient site formation

  • The AI system of ARTAS can create up to 2,000 sites per hour
  • The design of the recipient site is imputed by a dermatologist
  • The robot can precisely create recipient sites with unparalleled accuracy
  • Robotic software spares the remaining hairs minimising collateral damage
  • Future software will allow the robot to transfer grafts to the recipient sites
  • Robotic hair restoration takes away any human errors associated with surgery

At what stage of the hair restoration process are recipient sites created?

This is the third step in the process of hair transplant. The steps involved in hair restoration using the ARTAS robotic system is as follows-

  1. Separation of the follicular units for the surrounding tissue at the donor site.
  2. Removal of follicular unit grafts from donor scalp.
  3. Creation of recipient sites
  4. Transfer of individual grafts to the created recipient sites

How does ARTAS create recipient sites on the scalp?

We still need to input variables for ARTAS including construction of the hairline. The steps are as follows-

  1. This border is delineated with special markings.
  2. Photos are taken of the scalp
  3. Photos are imported & calculated by the ARTAS Hair Studio software
  4. Images & markings are converted into a 3-D model
  5. We input hair direction, site depth, density & other factors into an algorithm
  6. Local anaesthesia is provided to the recipient sites

What information is imputed by the dermatologist to create recipient sites?

Robotic AI essentially eliminates the human error of fine motor control. Your dermatologist will input parameters such as-

  • Boundaries of the recipient site
  • Number of sites per area
  • Punch depth
  • Punch angle
  • Site direction
  • Avoidance of existing hair (reduces accidental transaction of follicles)
  • Minimum distance between recipient sites
  • Distance between existing hair follicles

Robotic AI hair respiration is still not autonomous, as we still need to program what ARTAS needs to do (which is a good thing).

What is the biggest advantage of ARTAS in the context of recipient site creation?

AI of ARTAS can work out the exact placement of a finite number of grafts over an area with absolute accuracy.

An example is one required to transplant 1500 grafts over 80 cm2, ARTAS can precisely & uniformly create the number of recipient sites with exact spacing between follicles and avoid pre-existing hair shafts. The density within specified areas can also be varied according to what is required.

Davin’s Viewpoint on ARTAS Recipient Site Creation

Artificial intelligence and robotics are the way forward for medicine. In the context of ARTAS, the recipient sites can be created with absolute speed and accuracy, without the variation of human error. Over the next decade robotic hair transplantation will totally surpass what the most experienced surgeon can achieve.

There are two main areas that FUE manually is preferred over ARTAS. The first is the hairline, as this should be irregular & consisting of primarily one follicular unit grafts (& ideally vellus hairs). The second is the crown area with the cowlick swirl.

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