Robotic Hair Restoration
Today, many medical specialties are using new technology that involves robots for completing procedures. Robots can help to minimize human error or increase the speed of procedures. In hair transplantation, one of the most meticulous procedures in the surgical field, many stages need to be done microscopically using trained and highly specialized surgical technicians for the best results.
The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) procedure is one of the newer techniques of harvesting hair. FUE can help surgeons to avoid leaving a linear scar on the donor area of patients after a hair transplant. FUE transplantation has been gaining popularity in the last few years, but it is limited in terms of the quality of grafts and the number of follicular units that are able to be harvested in one session.
The reason for these limitations are due to the fact that FUE procedures require very extended labor hours as well as the need of the surgeon and surgical team to constantly work on removing follicular units using high magnification devices. Due to the above requirements and our standards of quality, we recognize that staying in the same position for long periods may cause fatigue in the surgical team and is a limiting factor in the number of grafts that are able to be harvested in one session.
Robotic surgery seems to be a perfect solution in which machines can do the tedious hard work in removing the follicular units in FUE sessions. Robots can also miraculously be used for placing the removed follicular units in the recipient areas. There have been many advanced methods of automated hair restoration procedures developed in the last few years. There is no doubting that many of the currently available automated techniques will lead to the advanced development of a perfect robotic system to harvest and transplant hair grafts in the near future.
Restoration Robotics is one of the companies who have pioneered robotic hair restoration procedures. The current machine used is a computer guided system that allows a surgeon to remove FUE grafts with high accuracy and a reasonable speed. The system still needs to be equipped to a transplanter in the future but even now, it could be considered a great device in the field of hair restoration. We will follow the advances in the field of robotic hair restoration closely and keep our viewers posted with other techniques or devices that become available in the future.