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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Discuss and share your photos, experiences and results related to the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure, including its advantages, disadvantages and who is an ideal candidate.

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Old 08-09-2012, 11:29 AM
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Must be Dr. Rahal just recently purchased the robot because 6 months ago, FUE patients like Sean and Sugarhigh had motorized FUE (Safe system) performed on them. It would be really interesting to see any patient of Dr. Rahal who has FUE using ARTAS system and start posting his results in monthly basis. Really Interesting.
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I've been researching the ARTAS lately (for an article), and I'm fairly impressed. While it doesn't fully automate the FUE process and putting it in the hands of a neophyte surgeon could be a disaster (as extraction is only one aspect of an entire hair transplant procedure), it has some very unique features and a lot of care went into designing the device.

At the end of the day, it's still just a tool (and true results rely on the physician, not the device he/she uses), but I think it stands out among other automated FUE devices.
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I've been researching the ARTAS lately (for an article), and I'm fairly impressed. While it doesn't fully automate the FUE process and putting it in the hands of a neophyte surgeon could be a disaster (as extraction is only one aspect of an entire hair transplant procedure), it has some very unique features and a lot of care went into designing the device.

At the end of the day, it's still just a tool (and true results rely on the physician, not the device he/she uses), but I think it stands out among other automated FUE devices.
Agreed. It isn't some great equalizer of surgeons, making any doctor who uses it capable of the same results as any other, but it's definitely a nice piece of kit for a clinic to make available as a choice for patients. From what I've read the whole system has undergone a lot of refinement and the latest generation machine is capable of supreme accuracy.
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My understanding is that the actual puncture tool used in ARTAS is Dr. Harris' motorized SAFE tool, which is well regarded. So that, plus computerized mapping of the donor/extraction sites and computerized precision of puncture angle and depth should make for an excellent FUE system in the right hands.
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MATTJ, Is Dr. Rahal shifiting from SAFE system to ARTAS system in all of his FUE procedures? Also will his FUE rate will still say the same with using this new system? There are many HTN member and Rahal fans wondering about that!
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MATTJ, Is Dr. Rahal shifiting from SAFE system to ARTAS system in all of his FUE procedures? Also will his FUE rate will still say the same with using this new system? There are many HTN member and Rahal fans wondering about that!
Count me among those wondering.
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I know that Blake has contacted all of our physicians who are currently using the ARTAS for their expert opinion/input related to the device including their personal view on the advantages and limitations of the machine. Several have already replied with their feedback. I look forward to Dr. Rahal's input as well.

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In the below interview, Dr. Jerry Cooley provides his input on the ARTAS.

Dr. Jerry Cooley Acquires and Provides Input on the ARTAS Hair Restoration System for Automating Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

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i wonder how big the diameter of the punch is ? i heard 1.4mm then 1.3mm , i wonder if this is outside diameter , and inside diameter ?

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Artas Robotic Hair Transplant




Restoration Robotics, a company founded by Dr. Frederick H. Moll, developed the ARTAS System. This completely automated machine is the first robot designed to carry out the scoring aspect of the FUE hair transplant procedure. Once the machine is turned on and initial parameters are set by the physician, and set to start, the machine decides which follicles to score around. It then proceeds from one follicle to the other at preset speeds.
HOW ARTAS WORKS: THE MECHANICS

Cameras, color identification sensors, and 3-D imaging software guide the robotic arm of ARTAS in selecting which follicles to score. To carry out the rest of the FUE process, ARTAS employs:
  • A needle punch mechanism
  • Disposable dermal punches
  • Disposable cartridges
  • A video imaging system
  • A user interface
This double-punch extraction technique requires an outer 16g (1.65mm) punch with cutting capabilities, along with an inner 18g (1.2 mm) punch with a blunt edge.
ARTAS is only approved for use on patients with straight hair that is dark brown or black in color.
The patient is positioned for the robot to punch out the grafts on a donor area of roughly 5 to 10cm at a time. During this time, the patient must remain absolutely still as the head is restrained by straps. After this, the surgeon removes each graft by hand with a pair of forceps. The patient is then repositioned for ARTAS to work on a new section of donor hair. This process continues until the extraction portion of surgery is complete. The implantation of grafts to the bald area is done using a traditional transplant approach.
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