How Does Hair Restoration Actually Work?

Modern hair restoration isn’t very old. It began in the 1930s in Japan when a doctor invented the first surgical hair transplant technique. Since then, doctors and people losing their hair have tried countless ways to grow hair where it’s gone bare, from creams and ointments to injections and drugs. 

To this day, the most effective method remains follicular unit extraction (FUE). And the most advanced form of FUE is the ARTAS® iX™ robotic hair restoration system.

This is the system we use at the practice of Melissa Schneider, MD, in Boston. Dr. Schneider is known for her expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery and her ability to reduce and reverse the effects of aging so her patients walk away looking and feeling their best. 

When it comes to hair restoration, she uses only the most effective, clinically proven technique that results in natural-looking hair that feels fuller and thicker. The best part is that it keeps growing. Here’s how it works.

What to expect during ARTAS iX hair restoration

Our state-of-the-art facility allows Dr. Schneider to offer you the very latest in technology — and that means the very latest in comfort. The revolutionary ARTAS robotic hair restoration system is virtually painless, and most patients relax comfortably during the procedure. Dr. Schneider does offer a mild local anesthetic for those particularly sensitive to pain, so you can rest assured that your hair restoration session will be a pleasant experience.

Find out if ARTAS iX is right for you

The ARTAS iX system is customizable and can be used to help people with a wide variety of hair loss conditions, but there are a few characteristics that may make you a better candidate than others. In general, the system works better on straighter hair than curly hair, and the darker your hair, the better. If your hair is thinning or balding because it runs in your family, this is called male- or female-pattern baldness, and ARTAS iX is a good fit for you. 

Don’t worry if you don’t fit all these criteria, though. We may still be able to help. A consultation with Dr. Schneider is the best way to find out.

Manage your expectations

When you come in to see Dr. Schneider, she can give you a realistic idea of what to expect from your ARTAS iX hair restoration treatment. She lets you know exactly where she plans to harvest follicles and where she plans to implant them so you can have a clear understanding of what to expect from your new hairline.

Even after her thorough examination and explanation, the treatment results may vary from patient to patient.

How ARTAS iX works

Although the ARTAS iX robotic hair restoration system seems simple because it’s painless and minimally invasive, it’s made possible through highly complex technologies. Using a touch screen, Dr. Schneider controls an articulating robotic arm that performs the procedure more precisely than is humanly possible. 


The procedure begins with the harvesting of healthy, producing hair follicles from other parts of your scalp. The robotic arm relies on an artificial intelligence algorithm and a high-definition visual system to detect your follicles, and then dissects them at a precise angle that eliminates any chance of errors. 


Next, Dr. Schneider carefully extracts the tiny grafts that contain the follicles. She places them into a solution that keeps them cool, sterile, and healthy while our team prepares them for implantation.


The implantation phase is what sets ARTAS iX apart from other techniques, as it achieves a level of accuracy that can only be accomplished robotically. Following a 3D plan that Dr. Schneider customizes for you, the ARTAS iX system maps out exactly where to place your grafts. The robotic arms scans your scalp and identifies the precise location for graft placement. 

One of the key features of ARTAS iX is that it avoids existing hair follicles to give you the best chance at a fuller head of hair. Other treatments can damage your existing healthy follicles and, therefore, decrease the density of your hair after the procedure — which defeats the purpose.

You can expect to see new growth in the transplant area in about six months, with full effects visible in about 12 months. 

There’s no hair restoration system like ARTAS iX and no better place to get it than at the office of Melissa Schneider, MD. When you’re ready to get your real hair back once and for all, call us for a consultation or request an appointment online

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