- Best Results8-12 months
- Treatment Recovery1-4 days
- Procedure Time2-3 hours
- Skin SpecialistDermatologist
- Duration of ResultsPermanent
- AnaestheticBlocks, sedation
- Back to Work1-2 days
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-
- Separation of the follicular units for the surrounding tissue at the donor site.
- Removal of follicular unit grafts from donor scalp.
- Creation of recipient sites
- 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-
- This border is delineated with special markings.
- Photos are taken of the scalp
- Photos are imported & calculated by the ARTAS Hair Studio software
- Images & markings are converted into a 3-D model
- We input hair direction, site depth, density & other factors into an algorithm
- 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.
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Is robotic recipient site creation better than a surgeon’s hand?
Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant process that can be prone to human variability and error. This especially applies to fine motor control to obtain consistent depth, spacing & angle. Robots do not have momentary lapse of concentration, nor do they get tired.
ARTAS brings artificial technology one step closer to fully automated hair transplant that can be performed with precision, speed and reproducibility, with minimal input from a surgeon.
What are the limitations of robotic hair restoration?
Though robotics and AI are a huge step forward in hair restoration surgery, the robot does not do the swirls of the crown swirl area. This is known as the cow lick pattern.
Another area which we do by hand is the hairline. The subtle wavy pattern of the frontal hairline is best created manually using single follicular units.
How long does it take to create recipient sites?
ARTAS is superfast at creating recipient sites achieving an astonishing 2,000 sites per hour. In practice it takes a little longer as the dermatologist has to input parameters into the computer.
Does ARTAS leave any scars at the recipient site?
Scarring is an extremely unlikely event– less than 0.01%. The super sharp incisional blade of ARTAS markedly reduces the chances of scarring.
What makes a natural hairline?
The hairline is the definitive marker of a natural outcome following hair restoration surgery. The recipient sites of the hairline are created by the ARTAS in a wavy pattern (non-linear) ready for follicular transfer. Your dermatologist will then use the extracted follicles to create 1,2, 3 & 4 unit hair grafts arranged in a pattern that balances coverage & aesthetics. This ensures that your hairline is both natural & dense.
When will I notice hair growth?
As with all hair transplantation procedures, hair growth is seen after 12 weeks. Your hair will continue to grow both in number & density to reach a maximum level at 10 to 12 months after hair transplantation.
Procedures such as home microneedling & clinical PRP, timed correctly, can induce faster & more robust hair growth.
Why choose a dermatologist for hair restoration?
Dermatology is the only speciality that offers formal training in the management of hair loss disorders. All dermatologists undertake a minimum of four years intensive training in a hospital. During these four years, we are required to diagnose, investigate & treat all hair loss disorders including management of hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, namely male & female pattern hair loss.
How do you know if ARTAS robotic hair restoration is the treatment for me?
Book a consultation with a dermatologist specializing in hair restoration. We assess the stage of hair loss you are at. We also will give an accurate guide as to the number of follicular units you will require to achieve your desired hair line. In some cases, manual FUE or FUT may be the preferred method of hair restoration.
Additionally, it is important to ensure that your scalp is at maximum health prior to the consideration of any transplantation process.
How much is the procedure?
The cost of ARTAS hair restoration varies depending on the area treated & the number of grafts required. For an accurate quote, book an appointment with one of our dermatologists at Clinic Cutis.
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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