Why We Aren't Using The ARTAS

February 7, 2013 — by Robert True
Tags: Hair Loss Fue Follicular Unit Artas


Why aren’t we using The ARTAS?

We at True & Dorin are very familiar with The ARTAS robot. In fact, we participated with the development of the device by giving technical feedback to Restoration Robotics and we have also evaluated it in clinical demonstrations.  While we find the device very well conceived and promising ,at this point, we find The ARTAS is not yet as efficient, reliable and unique as the proprietaryfollicular unit extraction technique and device that True and Dorin has developed over the past nine years. We have been among the primary developers and invovaters  of follicular unit extraction as a technique of donor harvesting. 

We find that with the ARTAS robot, the healing in the donor area for some patients may not be as good as we see it with our system of using extremely sharp punches. The ARTAS robot uses dull punches. Our concern is the dull punches may produce fibrosis and scarring in the extrication sites that is not seen with extremely sharp punches. Additionally, at this point in time, the robotic technique can only be used if large areas of the scalp are completely shaved. With our technique, we are able to perform many treatments with a partially shaved scalped. We can also perform F.U.E. when the scalp is not shaved. This makes a huge difference for many patients in the recovery period.

Another limitation of the ARTAS robot is that it can only be used for scalp harvesting but with our F.U.E. technique at True & Dorin we can also use other body and beard as donor areas hair for extraction. There are a large number of patients for whom this additional donor source can be very significant.

One of the most important clinical concerns in FUE is graft quality and survival. With our sharp punch mechanical rotary FUE technique we produce very high qulaity grafts that have good amounts of supportive tissue necessary to assure survival and growth. On the other hand, the ARTAS and other related techniques tend to produce grafts that are stripped of tissue in deeper levels. This leaves hair follicles naked and more vulnerable to drying and trauma during placement potentially resulting in an adverse affect on the ultimate result of the transplant.

We continue to closely monitor the development and advancement of The ARTAS robot and we’re looking forward to the day when our concerns are resolved. At that point, we may incorporate the device into our practice. We are convinced that  we offer a superior process at this time.