Robot To The Hair-Loss Rescue

This sounds like it could be something out of one of those Sci-Fi movies our dads used to watch, but actually, it's pretty impressive robotic technology that offers hope to those suffering from hair loss. The Restoration Robotics Inc.'s ARTAS System Hair Restoration actually computerizes the process of harvesting hair from a follicle-rich part of the head, so follicles can be saved and prepared for balding areas.

Think balding is just a man's disease? Think again. Significant hair loss in women can occur after pregnancy or other major hormonal shifts, following a period of extreme stress or simply because of heredity or age. In fact, women make up 40 percent of all hair-loss sufferers.

So back to our Sci-Fi technology. ARTAS is a computer-guided system that's directed by a physician. Once placed over the proper area, it's able to identify the right follicles, and with a slight puncture, can remove the desired hair. The benefits, noted by experts in the field, are greater accuracy, less grafting time and greater graft survival. The random patterns at which the robotic arm chooses the follicles ensures that scars from the grafting are nearly impossible to detect. (These grafts are then placed on the balding parts of the scalp with the current, manual procedure.)

Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in April, these robots are making their way into dermatologists' offices around the country. Are you on board with robots in your hair-restoration future?

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