At one point in their lives, most men will experience some form of hair loss. It’s something we can’t really avoid. There are countless ways you could deal with this – some as useless as the snakeskin oil cures of the past – but if you’re looking for proven results, you’ll undoubtedly come across ARTAS hair transplants.
If this is the first you’re hearing of it, your big question is likely “what is ARTAS hair transplant surgery?” That’s certainly a fair question, but there’s plenty more you need to know about the procedure before deciding if it’s right for you. Fortunately, we’ve got everything you need to know about ARTAS right here.
ARTAS is Follicular Unit Extraction
ARTAS is a method of follicular unit extraction (FUE). It, along with strip harvesting, are two of the most popular solutions for thinning hair. The FUE process was first envisioned around two decades ago, and while it was a huge leap forward in the world of fighting hair loss, it wasn’t always the most efficient method available.
Follicular unit extraction is a process where doctors remove one to four hairs, known as a “follicular unit,” from the scalp to be transplanted to another area. These donor sites are typically on the back or sides of the donor’s head. This is because these areas aren’t as heavily affected by male pattern baldness.
The follicular units are then transplanted onto parts of the scalp that are experiencing hair loss. The process is minimally invasive and superior to strip harvesting in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, the FUE process was typically drawn out and subject to high probabilities of human error.
As with almost everything else in life, though, FUE evolved over time. Once it was mechanized through processes such as ARTAS, the minimally-invasive procedure became both time and cost efficient. After all, throwing robots into the mix is rarely a bad thing. Unless you watched Terminator one too many times.
Rest assured, though, that Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be performing your procedure.
How Does ARTAS Work?
If you take one look at model Justin Hopwood, you might be under the assumption that we can all look great with thinning hair. If you don’t have model good looks, though, you might be wondering exactly how ARTAS works. After all, there are plenty of products and procedures out there that promise results. What about the ARTAS process makes it so effective?
Just like traditional follicular unit extractions, ARTAS identifies the best quality hair grafts to take from the donor site. What makes it different is that ARTAS uses robotic technology and artificial intelligence to identify the best possible grafts to harvest. Before these grafts are removed, doctors will prepare the pores on the balding portion of your scalp to receive the transplants.
The ARTAS hair transplant doesn’t immediately give you the full scalp of hair you deserve. Although it’s probably the best way to stop going bald and start growing hair, it will still take a few months to see full results. The new hairs typically fall out after about a week, and the best results are typically seen about six months after the initial procedure.
Keep in mind that, if you do nothing else with your hair, the ARTAS hair growth will continue for about 14 months after transplantation. The trick to overcoming this seemingly huge downfall of ARTAS is to combine other treatments that keep the scalp healthy and your new hair growing in like it did when you were a teenager.
While there are a variety of options for doing this, we’re sure that the aftercare provided by Barber Surgeons Guild is your best shot at permanent hair rejuvenation. Take a look at our Advanced Robotic Hair Regeneration page to learn more.
ARTAS vs Strip Harvesting
The benefits of ARTAS are innumerable, but before delving into them, it’s first important to understand why this procedure is superior to strip harvesting. There’s another FUE procedure on the market known as NeoGraft, and although it doesn’t employ the same sophisticated robotics and algorithms of ARTAS, both processes are superior to strip harvesting.
Just like ARTAS, strip harvesting procedures take out follicular units with the same number of hairs. Unlike the non-invasive process, though, strip harvesting actually removes entire strips of skin from your scalp. This strip is then divided up into several follicular units for transplantation. If the idea of having skin torn from your scalp bothers you, you’re not alone.
The fact is, there’s always one tool that’s better for a job. While strip harvesting has been shown to be effective in growing hair, it can also lead to obvious scarring. The worst part about this is that many people have had the procedure done multiple times. This leads to obvious areas where hair and skin were removed.
Hair plugs fell out of favor due to their conspicuousness, and there’s little doubt that this is why strip harvesting is becoming less popular as well. While this procedure has been around longer than ARTAS and NeoGraft, both newer techniques provide similar results without all the negative side effects.
The fact is that newer technology has created hair treatment procedures that allow you to return to life as normal. This means whether you’re getting a touch-up haircut at BSG or visiting famed barber Frank Rimer while checking out London, your mane will be a perfect canvass to work with.
Benefits of ARTAS Hair Transplant
The lack of scarring that accompanies ARTAS typically serves as reason enough for people to opt for the procedure. As it turns out, though, there are several other benefits of ARTAS that outshine countless other hair restoration techniques. Here’s just a sampling of the most popular.
- Artificial Intelligence: Doctors are adept at finding the best hair for harvesting. No matter how good and professional they are, though, the artificial intelligence utilized by ARTAS is superior.
- Quick Recovery Time: Unlike some hair restoration methods, ARTAS has a negligible recovery time. In fact, you can drive yourself home the exact same day as your procedure.
- High-Speed Analysis: When the ARTAS system is analyzing the best hairs to be grafted, it tracks each potential hair dozens of times in a single second.
- Hair Growth is Gradual: Unlike wigs or plugs, ARTAS creates natural hair growth that comes in naturally like everyone else’s. This means you won’t go to work with thinning hair one day and then show up with a full mane the next. Let’s not be obvious, here!
- ARTAS Provides Scar Camouflage: Those who have had strip harvesting performed likely have obvious scars. ARTAS can disguise these areas.
- Style Your Hair However You Want: With the absence of linear scars, you’re free to style your hair and grow it at your own discretion. Go ahead and grab some HCO1 pomade and go to town!
- Outpatient Procedure: Although ARTAS hair transplant is a complex procedure, it’s pretty simple on your end. Only a local anesthetic is used, and any discomfort that may occur will usually subside in less than three days.
There’s no denying the benefits of ARTAS hair transplants, but we can really boil it down to this: You’re going to look better. If you need a few extra tips on looking your best after getting that lavish hair back on your scalp, check out the Barber Surgeons Guild Dispatch for more manly guidance!
Will ARTAS Damage Existing Hair?
The hair taken from your donor areas during ARTAS hair transplant will grow back. After all, these are the areas where your hair is healthy. ARTAS does nothing to change this. Many people still wonder, though, what happens to the hairs in the transplant site? After all, most guys haven’t lost all the hair in their balding spots.
Fortunately, ARTAS was also designed to have no ill effect on the healthy hairs in the transplant site. In fact, the artificial intelligence aspect of the procedure helps to identify exactly where each follicular unit should be placed. This assists doctors in avoiding damage to any permanent hair – all while still filling out the empty spots.
This means a full head of hair is possible without potential damage to the strands that are already there. The only question you have to ask yourself now is whether wax or water-based pomade is right for your new style.
Improvements to ARTAS
Hair regeneration methods have obviously improved over the years. Fortunately, ARTAS consistently progressed as time went on as well. Even if we ignore the advancements in robotics and machine learning that make the procedure possible, Barber Surgeons Guild has found its own ways to improve ARTAS hair transplant procedures.
Many ARTAS hair transplant providers transplant follicle units as soon as they’re grafted. At Barber Surgeons Guild, a cellular energy source known as ATP is utilized before transplantation. The ATP enhancement increases graft growth rate so that your new mane comes in as full and quickly as possible.
Platelet Rich Plasma
In addition to ATP enhancement, the professionals at Barber Surgeons Guild utilize platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to make your ARTAS hair transplant more effective. PRP is a component of your own blood that improves healing and stimulates growth. It’s easy to understand how this can benefit your hair regrowth process.
Centrifuges are utilized to pull concentrated levels of PRP directly out of your blood. After your grafts are placed into your new hair pores, PRP injections are performed to act as a sort of fertilizer to your new locks.
3D Imaging Consultation
Before undergoing any form of hair regeneration procedure, you’ll first sit down with a doctor to discuss exactly what you’re looking for. This consultation helps to better plan the appropriate steps needed to get the hairstyle you want. Of course, every hair regeneration professional likely offers consultations. What’s so special about BSG in this regard?
Well, there’s a host of things we could list, but we’ll just say two words: 3D Imagining.
No, I’m not really sure if “3D” should constitute one word or two, but you get where I’m going with this. Using ARTAS technology, doctors can create a three-dimensional image of exactly what you’ll look like following the procedure.
After all, the ARTAS hair transplant procedure is a bit more permanent than hair growth serums and wigs. Doesn’t it make sense to know what you’re getting before committing to the process? At Barber Surgeons Guild, you’ll know beforehand just how great you’ll look once you’ve received this professional transplantation surgery.
Turn Back the Clock on Hair Loss
Once you start losing your hair, it’s essentially a race against time. Fortunately, an ARTAS hair transplant procedure can help you snag first place in that race. Take the time to review all your options, and you’ll realize that ARTAS is the best choice out there. For more information on this procedure and other methods of keeping your hair where it belongs, check out all our offerings at Barber Surgeons Guild.