Artas System Robotic Hair Restoration: Good or Bad? Effective or Not?

New, state-of-the-art robot developed to help solve hair loss

Are you bothered about your baldness? If you find yourself getting more and more ‘follically challenged’ as you grow older and are now concerned about hair loss, take heart.

First, you’re not alone. Second, there’s help out there for you.

About one in four men suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB) or androgenetic alopecia, and about three-fourths of them feel that this makes them less attractive than if they still had all of their hair. That’s about 35 million men in the United States alone, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

All these men say balding causes them to suffer some psychological, professional and social problems. What’s more, by age 50, half of all men experience some degree of noticeable hair loss.

But the unlucky half, nowadays, aren’t really so unlucky after all.

First, there are prescription remedies like minoxidil [related: Is Minoxidil Effective?] and finasteride. And for those who demand nothing less than dramatic and permanent results, doctors can do a hair restoration surgery to move healthy, functioning hair follicles to the areas of a man’s scalp most affected by baldness.

This type of surgery — hair transplantation — has been popular for over 60 years, and in 2009, more than 100,000 American men chose to address their baldness with this procedure.

And now comes even more good news. For men concerned with balding, a new high-tech robot is helping to restore confidence — one precise hair follicle at a time.

The robot is called the Artas System and it’s from medical device manufacturer Restoration Robotics Inc. Approved last April by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (with a 510K clearance), it helps make hair restoration surgery more effective by helping with the follicular unit transplantation.

In this technique, the robot is in charge of removing follicular units — or groups of one to four hairs — from the back of the head and transplanting them to bald areas like the top and the front.

Removing those units has always been the toughest part of hair restoration surgery, but the state-of-the-art robot can do this with absolute precision. This is why even Dr. Robert Bernstein — credited widely for being the doctor who developed follicular unit extraction and transplantation — is now the first in the U.S. to use the device.