Hair Transplant Industry Could Be Doomed

Robots, cell therapy may put today’s hair transplant specialists out of work |

Tech advances set to replace labor intensive hair transplant procedures | 

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Direct Hair Implantation

A tool called Choi Implanter Pen removes the hair follicles one by one, which will then be inserted into the bald or thin areas of the scalp.

This procedure might take longer since efficiency is a key factor, and only one surgeon will be performing it with the use of the implanter pen. The results, however, will be precise.

Here are the steps for direct hair implantation:

  • One by one, the hair follicles on the donor area will be extracted using the Choi Implanter Pen.
  • Hair follicles that are extracted will be collected and in a solution, which enhances the follicles’ development after placement, and will be stored in a specific temperature.
  • The DHI implanter will be used to inject the hair follicles one by one to the recipient’s bald area.

Robotic Hair Restoration

The robot’s stereoscopic vision system will be using artificial intelligence to detect the most suitable hair follicles to harvest and to be implanted. Once selected, these will be gathered precisely to ensure a more natural-looking result, leaving the area without any trace of scars. This hair implantation is much faster than DHI.

The ARTAS Robotic Procedure is one of the latest robotic hair transplant systems that’s increasing in popularity.

It reduces human error, eliminates fatigue, and provides algorithms to experts to adjust every patient’s procedure. Patients will experience a quick healing and recovery process, and will just feel minimal pain.

Here’s how the procedure will go:

  • Before the actual procedure, a simulation will be done using ARTAS by a physician to see what you would look like when the transplant is done.
  • The doctor will then estimate the number of grafts needed for the transplant.
  • During the procedure, ARTAS will analyze the scalp. It will identify and examine which follicles are suited for transplantation using multiple cameras with software algorithms.
  • Every 20 milliseconds, it will recalculate the hair positions to make sure the dissection and optimal grafts are right.
  • Extraction will be continued until the needed number of grafts are obtained. Read more.. 

Soon There Will Be Unlimited Hair

New uses of stem cells and 3-D printing could make baldness obsolete 

The Atlantic – Recently a series of scientific publications has explored advances that involve both stem-cell research and 3-D printing, with the goal of cloning a person’s actual hair and then inserting it into his or her scalp—in tremendous, unlimited quantities.

“For a long time, we’ve been saying this is 10 years away,” says Robert Bernstein, a dermatologist in Manhattan who specializes in hair transplantation. “But now it actually might be less.”

Of all the parts of the body to create in a lab, hair could seem like the simplest. It’s a strand of protein filaments wrapped around one another. Hair doesn’t have to “function” in the way of a liver or brain; it just has to sit around and grow and not fall out.

But hair is much more complex to make than many researchers initially expected. How To Prevent Balding

To produce a single, hardy strand, the body relies on thousands of stem cells called dermal papillae at the base of each hair follicle.

Human scalps contain about 100,000 hair follicles, but their life spans are limited: As dermal papillae disappear over time, follicles “miniaturize” and become dormant.

(In this way, a bald person’s head still has hair, technically, but only in wiry strands that are the result of dormant follicles with only a few hundred dermal papillae.)

When a hair follicle goes dormant, it cannot be restored. So any ads for hair “restoration” that you might see are actually ads for surgical transplantation of hair follicles—taking hair from one part of the scalp and moving it to another.

The procedure can cost about $10,000, and its results are limited by how many vital hair follicles a person has available to move.

Doctors in some parts of the world will move a person’s body hair (back or underarm) onto his or her head, but most surgeons agree the aesthetic outcome is not pleasing.

Conceivably, a person could have someone else’s hair put onto their own head, but that would require a blind eye to the ethics that prohibit the purchase of human organs.

The answer, then, lies in generating new hair. This science is progressing alongside the creation of other bodily structures in what is known as cell therapy … Read more. 


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