How does Artas® hair restoration work?
Artas is a robotic machine that takes away the need for a donor strip of skin and hair for the transplant (the traditional older method for a surgical hair transplant). This is a form of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a minimally invasive hair transplant method that takes donor hair without scalpel incision and implants it exactly where we want it.
It harvests the individual hair follicles from the donor area at an ultra-precise level. This technology allows us to find the absolute best hair follicles for the transplant via a high-definition stereoscopic vision system, robotic arm, and ARTAS Artificial Intelligence algorithms. One of the coolest aspects of this technique is there is no linear scarring of the donor area, and no need for incisions, stitches, or staples.
How does NeoGraft® hair restoration work?
NeoGraft is another form of FUE hair transplant, but it does not use robotics to do so. It is also minimally invasive and does not rely on the “strip” technique of older hair transplant procedures. Instead, the provider individually harvests the hair follicles and implants them at the sites for new hair growth. The primary difference between Artas and NeoGraft is Artas is a fully robotic device, whereas NeoGraft is a handheld manual device. They are both highly effect procedures we offer for a hair transplant in Rochester, New York!
Before we recommend any treatment, we always begin with a free 1-hour consultation. You’ll meet with Dr. Whipple for an open discussion about your current concerns and goals from a hair transplant in Rochester, New York. After talking through your desired results, she will recommend the best hair restoration treatment for your needs.
The procedure process depends on if you receive an Artas or NeoGraft hair transplant, but the preparation is similar. We will numb the treatment areas, particularly the donor and recipient areas of the scalp. We’ll ensure you are comfortable and relaxed in the treatment chair as we use the technology to do the procedure, checking in with you regularly.
Post-Care & Next Steps
We will provide all necessary post-care instructions after your hair transplant. Ask any questions you have. Some patients receive multiple treatments for the best results possible; we will recommend your amount of treatments based on your consultation and desired results.
What is a hair transplant?
Sometimes referred to as “hair plugs,” a hair transplant is a surgical treatment that uses your body’s own healthy hair follicles. During this procedure, healthy hair follicles are transplanted to a recipient area of the scalp (the sparse area where hair is thinning most). After some time, the transplant will “take” and you’ll be regrowing your own hair in the area that was once sparse!
Older techniques for hair transplants included surgical incisions to actually harvest an entire strip of skin and hair and transplant the entire piece of tissue. This was to ensure that the hair follicles stayed healthy and would have the ability to keep growing. Luckily, new advancements have made this technique outdated and we can now achieve just as good, if not better, results without the need for linear scars, stitches, or staples. Our hair transplants in Rochester, New York are minimally invasive and use the latest technology.
At the moment, there are only a couple FDA-approved medications to treat hair loss. These medications are finasteride and minoxidil. Unfortunately, these medications have to be taken regularly, and the results can be inconsistent.
These drugs also can have side effects that you won’t have from a surgical hair transplant. Minoxidil may cause dryness and an itchy scalp, while finasteride may cause sexual dysfunction in men.
With a hair transplant, there are less negative side effects because the treatment uses your body’s own resources!
LED Light Therapy
For a non-surgical, non-invasive approach, we also offer the REVIAN hair growth system. This at-home treatment uses a lightweight, wireless smart cap device that you wear for a specified amount of time. A smartphone app helps remind you to wear the device, and there is a 6-month money back guarantee.
Contact us to learn more.
We offer a non-surgical option to improve hair restoration through PRP for hair loss. This procedure uses Platelet Rich Plasma from a simple blood draw. This substance can be restorative for many aspects of the body to promote healthy tissue; we can inject it into the scalp to help with hair loss in specific treatment areas.
At Envision Aesthetics, we welcome all to come in for a free consultation to see if PRP for hair loss will be best for them.
The Hair Growth Cycle
Hair grows in cycles, and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, medications, hormone levels, and even body type all influence the length, coarseness, and color of body hair.
In general, hair goes through three phases of growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
Phase 1: Active Growing
Anagen is the active growing phase where the hair bulb is intact. Hair grows in both directions—upward and downward. Early anagen is when the bulb is closest to the surface of the skin, and contains an abundance of melanin (pigment). This phase allows for the most effective treatment.
Phase 2: Regression
Catagen is a brief intermediate phase between anagen and telogen. It is a regression phase, when the lower part of the hair stops growing but has not been shed, and when the body absorbs the lower third of the follicle.
Phase 3: Resting
Telogen is the resting phase. The hair bulb is no longer present, and is now a club hair, which will fall out, or be pushed out of the follicle by a new anagen growing hair.
There are two primary types of hair loss most of our patients have. Luckily, our hair transplant procedures stimulate new hair growth to give you thicker and fuller hair after your first treatment.
Patchy hair loss
People with patchy hair loss find they have concentrated areas of hair loss, usually at the crown of the head or up high near the temples.
Diffuse hair loss
Diffuse hair loss is overall hair thinning with no specific bald spots or areas of patchiness. Diffuse hair loss may not be as noticeable as patchy hair loss, but it can still cause self consciousness.
Men and women experience hair loss with age, changes in hormones, and other factors that can affect prevalence of hair. We offer hair transplants for our patients from Rochester, Fairport, New York, Brighton, and surrounding regions in New York.
Benefits of a Hair Transplant in Rochester, New York
We are proud to offer two of the latest technologies for hair transplants through the Artas and NeoGraft hair restoration systems. These techniques make the transplant process faster, easier, and better for long-term results.
Dr. Katherine Whipple is an esteemed Cosmetic and Reconstructive Oculofacial Surgeon with years of experience helping her patients feel and look their best. Her unique knowledge and expertise sets her apart as a hair surgeon in Rochester, New York.