Hey guys listen up! Are you dealing with the issues of losing your hair? We have good news for men with straight black or brown hair.
In a press release posted on Businesswire.com, Restoration Robotics, Inc. has developed the first robotic follicular unit harvesting system and has recently received FDA 510K approval in April 2011 for the ARTAS System, a revolutionary hair restoration robot.
"We are thrilled to receive FDA clearance, and look forward to rolling out the ARTAS™ System to leading hair restoration physicians," said Jim McCollum, Chief Executive Officer, Restoration Robotics. "Hair loss is a very real issue for millions of men in the United States. We're pleased to offer a powerful new technology for patients who are interested in a safe new way to enhance their quality of life."
Unlike harvesting follicles by follicular unit extraction (FUE) using a hair transplant punch to pluck small clusters of hair from the scalp, or unlike strip harvesting requiring cutting out a strip of the scalp and manually removing the follicles with a microscope, and grafting it into the balding area.
The ARTAS system uses a computer-assisted image-guided system. The patient is seated and the procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and only requires a local anesthetic. This robotic harvester is less invasive and a little more accurate in harvesting the number of quality hair follicles in the donor area, than a surgeon can accomplish. The follicles are manually placed in the thinning or bald area of the scalp. The period of time it takes to do the procedure is a single session between 4 and 8 hours determined by your surgeon.
Unfortunately, people with dark hair, black or brown straight hair, are the only candidates cleared for this technology. Sorry, you guys with the gray, blonde, or curly hair will have to stick with lower technology for now.
What do you guys think? Is there anyone who has gone through the ARTAS system procedure or know anyone who has? We would love to hear about your experience.