The Loh Down On Science

Hair Transplants

A robotic end to male-pattern baldness.

You and me, my friend. Let's talk about hair loss.

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science

and on scalps and scalpels.

Hair transplant surgery has been available for decades.

A typical procedure is a lot like gardening. First, a hairy strip of scalp at the back of the head, about one by fifteen centimeters, is removed. That strip is divided into two hundred "bulbs" of hair follicles, which are painstakingly implanted in tiny incisions wherever hair is needed.

Takes about ten hours. And while it works, it can be a little. . . noticeable.

Frederic Moll at Restoration Robotics says there's a better way-- thank God!--using ROBOTS.

His fully automated system SUCKS out individual hair follicles using a millimeter-wide needle on a high tech robotic arm.

The system grabs about a thousand follicles an hour then implants them according to a computerized design using cameras and 3D imaging software.

There are no incisions, little risk of infection, and it only takes half the time of surgery. Better still, folks getting the transplant are spared that too perfect William Shatner hairline.

And we're all winners.


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