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New Hair Loss Prevention Robot Approved By FDA

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    In an attempt to fight balding, The Food and Drug Administration has approved a
    machine called the Artas System for commercial use that intends to bring one's
    follicles back to life.

    The System combines several features including
    an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small
    dermal punches and a computer interface.

    After the System is positioned
    over the patient's scalp, Artas is capable of identifying and harvesting
    follicular units. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into
    the patient's recipient area using manual techniques.

    The production
    company says the system can improve extraction rates to 750 to 1,000 units per
    hour. This is much quicker and less invasive than traditional harvesting
    techniques.

    However there is a catch; only males with brown or black
    hair are candidates.

    There are many causes for hair loss in men. However, in the overwhelming
    majority of males with hair loss, the cause is hereditary androgenetic alopecia,
    more commonly known as "male pattern baldness." The tendency for male pattern hair
    loss is genetically inherited from either side of the family.

    According to the manufacter's website:

    "The presence of the hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), in a
    genetically susceptible man, is necessary for this problem to occur and begins
    to develop after puberty. Hair on the scalp that is genetically susceptible (the
    hairline, crown and top of the scalp), starts to shrink in its shaft diameter
    and potential length, until it eventually disappears in a process known as hair
    miniaturization. The hair on the back and sides of the scalp is usually
    genetically 'permanent' hair, which is destined to remain for that man's
    lifetime."


    What can be done for a man losing his hair
    that wants to keep it around? First, hair restoration surgery offers a permanent
    solution to lost scalp hair. Modern techniques of surgical hair transplantation
    can restore lost hair and replace the hairline with your own natural growing
    hair, which needs no more care than the ordinary washing, styling, and trimming
    you have always done.

    Hair transplantation involves removing permanent
    hair-bearing skin from the back and/or sides of the scalp. There are two main
    techniques by which hair follicles can be harvested from the donor area:
    follicular unit extraction (FUE) and strip harvesting. FUE involves using a
    small dermal punch (e.g. 1mm in diameter or smaller) to individually dissect out
    follicular units directly from the scalp. Strip harvesting is carried out by
    excising a strip of scalp from the donor area and dissecting out the follicular
    units under a microscope.

    These small follicular unit grafts are then
    meticulously implanted into the bald or thinning area of the scalp (recipient
    area) so as not to injure any follicles already existing in the area and at the
    same angle as the other hairs present. The creation of small follicular unit
    grafts has enabled hair restoration surgeons to create natural appearing
    hairlines and results.

    Second, medical treatments are now offered in the
    form of a pill (finasteride) and a topical liquid (minoxidil). They require a life-long treatment however to
    maintain their effect.

    Then there is the good old fashioned wig.
    Hairpieces are a non-surgical means to restore hair by covering bald areas of
    the scalp. There is a large variety of means for attaching these such as glues,
    "weaves," and clips.

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