Emerging types of lasers and robotics are some of the newest tools being tested for the hair restoration market. These innovative tools offer some hope in slowing hair loss and improving natural hair growth. Although it takes time to develop such methods, it is interesting to consider the future of hair restoration. Several weeks ago, researchers presented some of these innovations at the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting. We explore them with you, below.
Robotics’ Role in Future Hair Restoration
In the recent past, your best option for hair restoration consisted of large hair plugs visible to everyone around you. Today, hair restoration experts can invisibly improve your hairline and restore naturally growing hair to balding areas using methods like FUT and FUE.
Tomorrow will bring even more incredible results, thanks to robotic-assisted follicular unit harvesting. Using robots, your hair restoration expert will provide even more advantages over manual follicle harvesting. These advantages of the future include even smaller incisions of less than 1mm and immediate placement of the follicular unit where it is needed on the scalp. These efforts will take place using a robot powered by your hair restoration surgeon.
The robot-assisted future of hair restoration will empower your surgeon to harvest up to 1000 follicular units in an hour. This will save the surgeon and the patient valuable time while providing even less scarring than today. Recovery time should improve as well, thanks to the smaller incision sizes.
Thankfully, today’s hair restoration techniques do not create visible scarring. In fact, your hair restoration expert can use punches sizing as little as 0.9mm. These incisions require no sutures. But for the future of hair restoration, robotics will definitely make the process faster and enable harvesting of more hair follicular units in less time. These efficiencies may reduce the cost of hair restoration procedures, as a result.
For the future of hair restoration, lasers also play a role as part of a light therapy called photobiomodulation. For this therapy, low-level lasers help start hair growth where loss has previously occurred. The FDA has cleared some home devices that use red light, LED light or a combination of these two types of low-level lasers. The devices include specially designed combs, hair bands and caps.
Although photobiomodulation offers hope for people with early hair loss, it can take four months or more to see any progress. Also, overuse of these devices can actually speed up hair loss. This makes patience and healthy balance important for seeing any results from low-level laser therapy.
Because of the lengthy timeframe for visible results from these devices, today’s hair restoration methods still provide faster and more visible results. Still, low-level lasers show some hope for development in the future of hair restoration.
The Future of Hair Restoration Is Now
Today’s methods of hair loss treatment provide such positive results that perhaps the future of hair restoration is now. Hair transplants were one of the biggest medical advancements of the 20th century. Since that time, the surgical methods and other available therapies have vastly improved.
Your options today at AZ Hair Restoration in Raleigh and Apex, NC include:
- Strip transplant, FUT
- Follicular unit extraction, FUE
- Multiple follicular unit (MFU)
- Hair restoration therapies
- Hair transplantation
Schedule a consultation with AZ Hair Restoration today to learn more about current methods and how the future of hair restoration is here today. While robotics offer the greatest promise for improving the process and results of hair treatment, you can enjoy the same benefits of hair transplantation today. Call AZ Hair Restoration at 919-615-0577 for scheduling.