Hair loss is a common condition that affects people of all ages. Statistics show that 35 million men experience hair loss and two-thirds will have noticeable hair loss by age 35.
While balding has few physically harmful consequences, for some people failing to find a solution for hair loss can lead to anxiety and avoiding social situations.
Hair transplants are the only permanent solution to hair loss. Pills and topicals may slow hair loss with continual use, but once stopped, any benefit is permanently lost. Unfortunately traditional hair transplant require precise, tedious, monotonous movements thousands of times for a single procedure by the surgeon, which result in inconsistent and variable results. The hair direction, angle, spacing and depth must also be estimated visually by the operator.
Dr. Mohamad Hakim, general surgeon and medical director of Elite Vein and Hair Restoration Centers in Dearborn, MI, had searched for an alternative for his patients and discovered a new alternative, robotic hair restoration, the ARTAS Robotic System for Hair Restoration. ARTAS is an FDA cleared physician-controlled, computer-assisted technology for minimally invasive hair transplantation which results in fuller hair while eliminating the drawbacks typically associated with older transplant methods. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not leave a linear scar, so patients have the freedom to cut and style their hair in any way without having to worry about hiding a scar.
The ARTAS Robotic System was designed with the patient in mind. Developed by leading hair transplant physicians and researchers, this state-of-the-art robotic technology was created to eliminate the guess work and fatigue associated with manual handheld methods, along with the scarring, complications and downtime of existing invasive surgical techniques. According to Mohamad Hakim, MD, FACS medical director of Elite Vein and Hair Restoration Centers in Dearborn, MI, “fatigue and error are major contributors to transection, but the precision and accuracy of the ARTAS are unmatched in terms of the human hand.”
During the initial consultation the physician uses the ARTAS Hair Studio Technology to create your customized hair transplant as a 3D model. Patients are able to see their simulated results, showing the number of grafts needed and the optimal hairline design to meet expectations.
Next, the physician-assisted ARTAS® Robotic System identifies your optimal hairs to use for transplant and the hair is selectively harvested with robotic precision to preserve the natural look of your donor area. The 3D model design is then delivered to the robot for site making under physician control. The hair is then transplanted into the thinning areas. Noticeable, permanent, thicker visible hair starting at six months with continued growth over time.
The ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant is an an outpatient procedure performed in the doctor’s office, and requires only a local anesthetic. Typically the procedure lasts between four to eight hours depending on the extent of the patient’s baldness and patients can experience minor discomfort and swelling post-procedure, which subsides in one to three days.
Elite Vein & Hair Restoration in Dearborn is the first office in Metro-Detroit to offer this revolutionary technology. For more information about ARTAS Robotic System or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hakim, call 248-851-8346 or visit eliteveins.com.