A hair transplant is a standard surgical procedure that involves the removal of hair grafts or follicles from an unaffected part of your scalp to an area that is thinning out or has gone bald. You will typically be placed under local anaesthetic. This means you will remain awake throughout the procedure but not feel any pain.
Many places use surgeons to carry out the procedure, but PLC is one of the first to use a robot tool called ARTAS. The robot first uses its harvesting system to gently and precisely remove individual hair grafts. When compared with legacy treatment, ARTAS will allow for a more precise and natural-looking result.
Once the physician harvests your hair, the robot’s hair transplant system will carefully create new sites to integrate each graft (using the robot’s patented AI technology) based on the patient’s chosen hairline design.
Depending on the patient, procedure, and device model, your surgeon can simultaneously make recipient sites and implant the harvested grafts with the robotic hair transplant. Meanwhile, the proprietary AI algorithm protects existing terminal hair while creating a natural-looking aesthetic result.
The two types of Hair transplants
FUT is a procedure in which your physician removes a strip of skin containing grafts from the back of your scalp. The strip of skin is then broken up and separated into small sections of grafts and re-inserted into the balding/thinning area. You will not feel any pain from the procedure due to the local anaesthetic. However, the procedure will leave a scar on the back of your head. This scar will be visible sometime after the surgery.
Traditional FUT is also much less accurate than ARTAS. This means the ratio of hair follicles or grafts taken from the back of the scalp and the actual number of grafts implanted into the skin is deficient. As a result, many grafts are discarded as they will be deemed inadequate and unusable by the physician.
A Manual FUE hair transplant is a procedure in which the physician takes individual skin grafts with a graft pen and then implants it in the thinning/balding part of the scalp. This procedure is less wasteful than FUT. However, it has a significant issue of relying on the hand-eye coordination of your physician as they must decide on each and every follicle to remove and implant, causing an exhausting and tedious process.
The benefits of ARTAS Hair Transplant
The advantages of our ARTAS are that our machine is the most precise and gentle method in modern technology. ARTAS’s high-definition stereoscopic vision system produces the least waste of hair follicles as only optimal grafts are used and leave virtually undetectable scarring. It is clinically proven to create natural-looking results while having much less severe recovery time when compared to other treatments, with just two days of downtime after the procedure. This downtime is due to the local anaesthetic and not the procedure itself.
The dissection is consistent throughout the entire procedure, from the first to the last graft. With this technology, the physician can insert hair follicles while the machine simultaneously creates new sites (prescribed by the physician before the treatment) in which the grafted hair is placed.
Do you qualify for a Hairline transplant?
For men, qualifying for hair transplants is dictated by the severity of alopecia. Most men aged 30-50 will be eligible for this treatment, but to clarify, you must have enough hair grafts at the back of your head to cover the thinning/balding area.
Unfortunately, only about 30% of women qualify for hair transplants because their eligibility is commonly decided based on their alopecia type. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia and Lichen Planopilaris are typically not treatable with hair transplants and are either more common or effectively exclusive to women.
Under specific circumstances, ARTAS hair transplants can treat genetic or autoimmune alopecia if they are found to be dormant and have remained so for an extended period. To confirm this, you must get approval from your doctor after a consultation.
Another rare autoimmune condition, Alopecia Areata, is equally common between men and women and potentially treatable with hair transplants. However, like many autoimmune alopecias, treatment is only possible if the condition has burnt out.
In addition, Alopecia Aratea may be permanently untreatable if the condition has spread to your donor hairs, killing them and leaving nothing to extract and implant.
Traction Alopecia, commonly called tension alopecia, is a non-genetic condition that is entirely treatable with ARTAS hair transplants and often permanent (so long you follow the correct after procedures).
Finally, Telogen effluvium and Anagen Effluvium are not treatable via hair transplants as they tend to resolve themselves.
You may have certain acquired conditions that inhibit the possibility of undergoing a hair transplant. For example, HIV/AIDS or menopause.
Furthermore, acquired hair loss through trauma, like burns or surgery, is usually treatable with a hair transplant.
However, PRP may be what you need to help you with your hair loss. For more information regarding PRP, please click here.
What happens after a hair transplant?
Immediately after your treatment, the surgeon will ensure that the new grafts are secure and in the correct position. They will then thoroughly rinse the treated areas, and a light protective dressing may be applied. Your physician will tell you the necessary instructions about caring for the grafts when you go home. These include recommended shampoos, topical antiseptics, or hair care products. Removal of sutures will not be necessary as no incision was made.
We may advise you to have somebody pick you up as you will likely be feeling the effects of the anaesthesia. It would be best to rest for at least two days after the procedure to ensure the anaesthetic has completely worn off. After which, you will be able to return to work or travel, etc.
You may experience some swelling and discomfort from the procedure area. Though, this will typically only last for a few weeks. There is always a tiny chance of infection with any surgical procedure, so please contact your physician if you feel unwell after the procedure is complete.
What type of Results can I expect following Cosmetic Hair Restoration?
It is possible to see the procedure’s results one or two months later. However, most patients do not see the full results until eight to twelve months later. Many patients first need to lose the hair transplanted into the target area, then wait for new ones to come back.
The hair grafted for the transplant will be permanent. This is due to the hair placed at the back of the head having alopecia resistance, meaning it will not bald or thin out. However, the area around the rest of the head may continue to experience natural hair loss due to ageing; it is still possible to experience some hair loss after the procedure.