Hair transplant surgery has been around for decades, but in recent years, the technology has become so advanced, and surgeon skill so precise, that hair loss can almost be completely restored in some areas. The process of hair transplants does not create new hair. Instead, healthy hair follicles are removed and extracted from the back of the head where hair growth is considered permanent, and the grafts are then transplanted to a more visible area on the front of the head. Dr. Clinton Webster offers FUE (Follicuar Unit Extraction) using the highly technical ARTAS hair transplant system to complete this process. Our patients are extremely pleased with their outcomes and consider their results to be full and natural.
Hair loss, while common, can be distressing. When nonsurgical treatment such as oral and topical medications are not enough to slow, stop, or restore hair loss, there are other effective solutions worth considering. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair restoration transplant surgery that uses robotic technology to track and extract hair follicles with precise accuracy and control. The process involves using a small (0.8mm – 1.0mm), rounded instrument or “punch” to remove the hair grafts. The FUE procedure is often preferred over the strip method (FUT) because it does not involve the use of a scalpel or stitches, nor does it leave any noticeable scarring. Dr. Webster offers the state-of-the-art ARTAS robotic hair transplant system for FUE, a technology that creates outstanding outcomes that last a lifetime.
Dr. Webster performs FUE on-site at his accredited surgical facility. It is here where he maintains the ARTAS equipment. The entire procedure can take up to 6-8 hours to complete and the patient is usually awake the entire time. The first part of the surgery involves the extraction of the hair follicles from the back of the head, and the second part involves the actual transplant. Recovery is dependent upon each individual and the extent of their surgery–meaning how many grafts were used to accomplish the desired result. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for 1-2 weeks. Within the first few weeks after this procedure, the newly transplanted hair grafts will fall out. This is common and is to be expected. The hair follicles that were transplanted are permanent in the scalp and over time, new, healthy hair will begin to grow. It typically takes about a full year for the final results to be shown.
Hair transplant surgery offers individuals the chance to regain hair in balding areas. For individuals who wish to try other avenues before considering surgery, there are topical solutions, oral medications and hair systems/camouflage pieces that may work.
There may be some skin irritation, slight itching and some skin discoloration after treatment, but this is usually only evident at the injection site and typically subsides in a few days. This procedure is non-invasive, and complications are usually rare.
The ideal candidate has a healthy amount of hair growth on the sides and back of the head. The more hair the patient has in the donor sites, the better the overall results. It is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon. In addition, various factors may alter the cosmetic result, including hair color or texture.
The Artas robotic procedure is a minimally invasive hair restoration solution that leverages digital imaging and precision robotics to harvest health grafts for transplantation. Unlike the earlier methods of hair restoration, there is no need for the surgical removal of a band of tissue from the back and sides of the head, no linear scar left after surgery, and no need for stitches or staples to close the wound. The benefit is a quick recovery time and the ability to return to normal activities and work sooner.
Yes. Trimming your hair in the donor area allows the Artas Robotic System to accurately visualize, track, and harvest each grouping of hairs. You will receive instructions on having your hair cut shorter in preparation for your Artas robotic hair transplant.
The Artas robotic hair transplant provides extremely natural looking results. After the procedure, you are able to wear your hair any length or style with confidence.
Old fashioned “hair plugs” include the harvesting of large patches of hair that resulted in an awkward and unnatural appearance once implanted. In the Artas robotic procedure, hairs are harvested in their natural groupings and then transplanted individually by your physician. Individual transplantation provides you with the look you desire, including a great looking hairline and a fuller head of hair.
Yes. The Artas robotic hair transplant uses your own permanent growing hair, typically from the back of your head, and your physician then implants this hair to the thinning areas of your scalp. As this hair is not susceptible to the conditions that cause male pattern baldness, the transplanted hair will last a lifetime.
Recovery time with the Artas robotic hair transplant is less than with most surgical cosmetic procedures. As there is no surgical incision or stitches required with the Artas robotic hair transplant, healing time is short, and you can usually go back to your daily activities after a day or two. Some doctors schedule a follow up visit the morning after the procedure to examine your scalp and to teach you how to take care of your newly implanted hair.
Transplanted hair grows naturally in phases. New hairs are seen about three months after the procedure and will continue to increase over the course of a full year. At approximately six months, you will enjoy a noticeable improvement and after a full year, you will see the final results.
With the Artas robotic hair transplant, any scarring is minimal and nearly undetectable. Your new hair grows gradually, reducing the chance that people will notice the procedure. Your friends and family will comment that you look better, but the results from your hair transplant are subtle and natural.
The Artas robotic hair transplant, an outpatient procedure performed in the doctor’s office, requires only a local anesthetic. The patient feels virtually no pain. Some patients can experience minor discomfort and swelling post-procedure, which subsides in one to three days.
Because the Artas robotic system selectively harvests individual hair groupings rather than removing a large area of scalp requiring sutures, there is minimal scarring in the donor area. Hair can be worn fashionably short, or longer in styles, whatever you prefer. You’re not limited by having to cover scarring from strip surgery.
Treatment costs will be determined during your consultation with your doctor and depend on the amount of new hair that you desire. Discuss the procedure pricing with your doctor, as some doctors may offer payment options.
The Artas robotic hair transplant usually takes from four to eight hours as determined by your doctor to achieve your hair restoration goals. You are comfortably seated during the process, and the doctor and staff are there with you to maximize your comfort throughout the procedure.