Hair transplant technology has evolved considerably since its initial development in 1939. The procedure then involved taking hair from healthy areas of the scalp and using it to cover balding spots. By the 1980s, transplants were done in large sections, which generally made the transplants quite noticeable. By the 1990s and 2000s, Micrografting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) allowed doctors to transplant hairs in smaller amounts and with greater accuracy, lending a much more natural appearance to the finished work. FUE in particular, with an accuracy of 1-3 hair follicles per unit, left no scars, and delivered outstanding results. As of 2011, the FDA approved ARTAS system has taken the FUE procedure to the next level. The ARTAS hair transplant robot (operated by a trained physician) delivers a faster, more comfortable, more precise, and less disruptive transplant. It delivers all the benefits of FUE in a more advanced system. In 2012 the Hair Institute of Miami began using ARTAS, the latest in transplant technology.
- 1In the 1980s, hair surgery involved transplanting relatively large sections of donor hair.
- 2Follicular Unit Extraction enabled surgeons to perform procedures with unparalleled attention to detail and aesthetics.
- 3In 2011, the ARTAS System became the first-ever FDA-approved hair transplant robot.