As with any toy or gadget everything eventually gets an upgrade. In this case the Robotic ARTAS FUE is the upgrade for the old Strip method for hair restoration. More and more people are opting for a Robotic FUE procedure as there are many things that differentiate it from the strip method. Dr Mark Bishara, the board certified hair restoration surgeon of North Texas, specializes in robotic hair restoration and his practice is a Center of Excellence awarded to very few robotic hair transplants surgeons by Restoration Robotics.
Making the decision to do a strip surgery vs the Robotic FUE can be tough! With a strip procedure your looking at not being able to wear your hair short (unless you don’t mind people seeing the linear scar) as with the Robotic FUE you can wear your hair which ever way you like because the tiny dots are easily disguised. Pain after a Robotic FUE with ARTAS at most will require tylenol or ibuprofen as for a strip procedure most patients need some prescribed narcotic pain medication. Recovery with a Robotic FUE does not have much of down time- 1.5 to 2 days. Most patients return to normal activities 3-4 days after versus with strip it can take up to 2 or more weeks as you will require more time to heal from the incision.
So as you see the improvement has been great and the Robotic FUE ARTAS transplant works wonders. Whats even better is that Dr. Mark Bishara does the Robotic FUE at both his locations, Mansfield and Southlake! Give us a call and schedule your In-Office or Virtual Consultation, don’t let more time pass by, get started today restoring your hair with the Paragon Hair Clinic and with Dr Mark Bishara, MD, FISHRS.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ARTAS ROBOTIC FUE HAIR RESTORATION SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT US (817) 473-2120 OR EMAIL APPOINTMENTS@MARKBISHARAMD.COM TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.
Frequently Asked Questions
About The ARTAS Procedure
How does the ARTAS Robotic Procedure work?
The ARTAS Robotic Procedure is a minimally invasive hair restoration solution that leverages digital imaging and precision robotics to harvest healthy 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.
What is the price of the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant?
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.
Does the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant procedure hurt?
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.
How will my hair look after the 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.
How is the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant different than “Hair Plugs”?
Old fashioned “hair plugs” included 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.
Are ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant results permanent?
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, transplanted hair will last a lifetime.
How long does it take to recover and heal?
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.
When will my new hair start to grow?
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 final results.
Should I cut my hair before treatment?
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.
Will people know I have had a hair transplant procedure?
With the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant, any scarring is minimal and is nearly undetectable. Your new hair grows in 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.
Will there be visible scarring in the donor area?
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 in longer styles, whatever you prefer. You’re not limited by having to cover scarring from strip surgery.
How long does the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant procedure take?
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.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ARTAS robot hair restoration SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT US (817) 473-2120 OR EMAIL APPOINTMENTS@MARKBISHARAMD.COM TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.
Before you make a decision, it is important to ask your physician questions about pain, residual side effects and the major differences between the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure and manual follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Be sure to download the list of questions to take to your consultation.
How is the physician involved during my ARTAS Robotic Procedure?
The ARTAS Procedure is performed by a licensed physician and surgical staff that have been properly trained and certified on the ARTAS Robotic System. Your physician is the one who creates the hairline design, sets the parameters for harvesting and manages your personalized treatment plan.
What are the qualifications of the ARTAS technicians you use?
At Restoration Robotics, we certify and train the staff on the ARTAS Robotic System. Restoration Robotics also provides ongoing education and training to keep the staff updated on the latest technology developments.
It is important to confirm with your physician that the individuals you meet with make up the team that will execute your procedure.
Does my ARTAS Robotic Procedure require stitches? Is it painful? Are there any residual side effects like with strip surgery?
- In strip surgery, a long strip of tissue is surgically removed from the back of your head and stitches are used to sew the scalp back together again. This can leave a visible linear scar and also make the healing process uncomfortable, or even painful.
- With the ARTAS Procedure, small needles are used to remove thousands of hair follicles from your scalp leaving only small pinpoint incisions. Since the incisions are distributed throughout a broad area, your Donor Area maintains its natural look and the procedure is less detectable. Patients often describe the procedure as virtually pain-free.
What is the difference between the ARTAS Procedure versus manual FUE ?
- Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a labor intensive procedure that is highly dependent on precision and repetition to harvest thousands of healthy hairs for transplantation. When performed manually, the success of the procedure is limited by hand-eye coordination. Because the procedure is tedious and long, the results can be affected by a person’s fatigue.
- With the ARTAS Procedure, a robot is used to harvest the hair. Robots excel at tasks that require precision, repetition and consistency. Because of the intelligent algorithms and the dissection technique, the robot can harvest hair effectively throughout the procedure. The quality of the first graft is the same as the 500th graft harvested. Robots never get tired.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
Scalp Micropigmentation is one of the latest trends in helping people with different types of hair loss. It is used to mimic the hair follicles. It is not a scalp tattoo, special pigments are made and used for this treatment.
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Who can do SMP?
Anyone can do Scalp Micropigmentation. People suffering from alopecia, anyone with hairloss in the crown or hair. It can also be done on any skin types. SMP can cover up scars including those from past hair transplants surgeries. Last but not least, Yes! SMP is for women as well!
How is Scalp Micropigmentation done?
Scalp Micropigmentation is performed using a 3 dimensional needle to give the appearance of a small well trimmed hair shaft. Organic ink is placed superficially into the epidermis. If the ink is placed too deeply the blot smears and expands. Sessions include at time zero, 2 weeks later, and 6 weeks. Occasionally redoing some areas where necessary.
Is there any down time?
Shortly after your treatment scabs will begin to form. The scabs will naturally fall off between the 5 and 7th day. You want to avoid any physical activity or anything that will cause sweating for 4 days.
How long will the procedure take?
Typically your first SMP session will take any where from 3 to 4 hours. For the second session it will not take as long but it can be anywere from 2 to 3 hours.
Is the treatment painful?
Pain is different for each person. There are people that can do just fine and sleep through the treatment. There are some that would rate it a 2 or 3 on a pain scale of 1 to 10.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SCALPMICROPIGMENTATION SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT US (817) 473-2120 OR EMAIL APPOINTMENTS@MARKBISHARAMD.COM TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.
What to expect from procedure
When consulting with Dr. Mark Bishara, he will explain what will be done through out the procedure and give you and idea on what to expect after your first Robotic Fue. In some cases, it can take more than one procedure to achieve your goal.
Day of the procedure
On the day of your procedure here at the Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we recommend for you to be well rested. Your Robotic Fue procedure will start early in the morning and take anywhere from 5 to 8 hours. Make Sure to wear comfortable lose fitting clothes.
During the procedure
During your Robotic Fue procedure expect to be sitting in the same position for a couple of hours. The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa staff will do everything to make sure you are comfortable. Dr. Mark Bishara will have his staff shave your head completely or partially shaving only the donor area. Local anesthetic will be used to numb the areas being worked on. The robotic part of the procedure will then begin, a tensioner will be placed on the donor area to help with the direction and depth of the hair. The robot will start capturing images of the patient’s donor area in order to identify the different angles and density of the patient’s hair. Dr. Mark Bishara will then start maneuvering the robot and the direction begins. Dr. Mark Bishara’s techs will go behind the robot and manually extract the hair. Once the robot portion is done Dr. Bishara’s techs will completely extract all hairs and begin the manual implantation of the hair.
After the procedure
Once completing the implantation of the hair, Dr. Bishara’s techs will go over all instructions to help take care of your new hair and donor area. At the Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we will provide you with all items needed for the first week. You will be called the day after and at two weeks to follow up.
After your robotic fue you want to make sure you follow instructions, the first three days are the most important. Make sure to take pain medications at the first sign of pain to help minimize discomfort. Avoid bending over to much, no exercising or heavy lifting at least for the first week. Avoiding touching your new hair as any rubbing etc. can easily dislodge the hair. Keep in mind that if your in doubt about anything you can always call the office.
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
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