FAQ’s

Following ARTAS® hair transplantation, when can I expect to see the hair begin to grow?

As with any hair transplant surgery, the implanted hair grafts need time to develop their own blood supply and will naturally grow in long phases. New hair will continue to grow over a year’s time; however, new hair is not initially noticeable until approximately three months following the ARTAS® surgery.

A noticeable improvement will be visible at about six months and the final results achieved after one year.

How is a hair transplant procedure performed with ARTAS®?

Dr. Glenn Charles utilizes the ARTAS® System’s sophisticated digital imaging and robotic arm to gather follicular units. To obtain optimal grafts for harvest, the ARTAS® re-calculates continuously the hair angle, hair position and other pertinent parameters, achieving optimal follicular units for transplant.

Follicular units are targeted in a random manner through the ARTAS® technology, ensuring the donor areas remain natural in appearance. Following harvesting of the donor units, they are stored prior to implantation ensuring the recipient sites are not noticeable and the area appears natural looking.

After an ARTAS® robotic hair transplant procedure, how will the transplanted hairs appear?

Extremely natural-appearing hair growth follows an ARTAS® hair transplantation with minimal donor site scarring. Any length or style of hair can be chosen with confidence and improved self esteem.

How long will the ARTAS® transplanted hair follicles last?

Hairs are typically taken from the back of the head and placed in the sparse, thinning areas of the scalp. These transplanted hairs are permanent as they are not susceptible to male pattern baldness, being taken from the back of the head.

Transplanted hairs will continue to grow and look natural for a lifetime!

Approximately how long will the ARTAS® procedure take to perform?

Hair transplantation utilizing ARTAS® technology generally takes four to eight hours to complete. The approximate length of time is determined by Dr. Glenn Charles based on your needs and the goals you would like achieved as well as the time required for Dr. Charles to achieve the utmost natural-appearing end results in your hair restoration.

During the procedure, you will be seated with both Dr. Charles and the attending staff ensuring your comfort is maximized.

How does the ARTAS® technique differ from hair plugs?

During hair transplantation by the out-dated hair plug technique, large patches of hair follicles were harvested. This method resulted in a very unattractive and unnatural look to the areas where the hair plugs were placed.

When Dr. Charles utilizes the ARTAS® methodology, the computer-assisted robotic arm as well as the digital mapping will pinpoint individual follicles from the donor site for dissection.

This technique provides Dr. Charles precision and control, allowing him to design and achieve hair growth patterns that are natural in appearance as well as providing optimal growth with robust grafts.

How long will healing from an ARTAS® procedure take?

Following ARTAS® surgery, recovery time is brief and you can resume your routine daily activities after a day or two, which is much shorter than following most cosmetic surgeries.

Dr. Charles will advise you regarding follow-up appointments and will schedule a visit the following morning to examine your scalp and instruct you in the care of the transplanted hair follicles.

In approximately three days, growth cells will be transferred to the scalp from the follicles. The implants will begin to scab as they heal, and once healed the scabs are able to be rubbed gently off the scalp and you will have a natural-looking scalp.

Is a hair restoration procedure with ARTAS® noticeable?

When Dr. Charles utilizes the ARTAS® technique, it is virtually undetectable with any scarring minimal. During the course of a year, hair grows in naturally and gradually.

Is ARTAS® hair transplantation painful?

Performed in Dr. Charles’ office on an out-patient basis, only local anesthetic is used to numb the scalp prior to the procedure. Should the patient feel any discomfort, additional anesthetic will be applied.

Post procedure, some patients may experience minor discomfort and swelling, which after a few days will subside.

How visible is donor site scarring?

Individual follicular units are harvested from within existing hair follicle groups with the ARTAS® technique, thus there will be minimal scarring at the donor site. Hair can be worn long or short in any style.

Prior to ARTAS® robotic hair transplantation, do I need to have my hair cut?

When a patient’s hair is trimmed in the donor area prior to the procedure, the ARTAS® System is able to more accurately track, visualize and harvest each follicular unit. Additionally, hair is able to be harvested from a more expansive area, providing Dr. Charles with more transplantable units per procedure.

Individuals requiring coverage of a smaller recipient site can trim a smaller harvest or donor site area.

In either scenario, following extraction of the required units for hair transplantation, the donor site area hair will grow in at a normal rate.

What is the cost of utilizing the ARTAS® System for a hair restoration procedure?

Cost will depend on the extent of treatment required, the end-results you would like to achieve, can vary from area to area and also from doctor to doctor.

Dr. Glenn Charles will provide your best possible option and can also offer suggestions regarding financing plans.