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Kevin Chapman

Dr. Robert Leonard has ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant Performed by Dr. Matthew Lopresti

ARTAS donor area preparation

Dr. Robert Leonard’s Donor Area Pre-Op

In my many years of practice, I have thought about what it really would be like to be on the other side of the desk both for a hair loss consultation as well as for an actual hair transplant procedure using the ARTAS Robotic System.  Well, my time has arrived!

First of all, I had to trust the colleague who would perform it.  Since I personally trained Dr. Matt Lopresti, I put all of my faith in his surgical skills and artistic abilities to be my hair restoration surgeon.  What better stamp of approval from me than to have him to be my doctor?

In reviewing our own pre-operative instructions, I didn’t realize how much preparation was necessary and how much in advance things had to be done.

For a Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) procedure, we advise our patients to have their hair trimmed very closely in the donor area in order to properly perform this type of donor harvesting.  If they typically wear their hair longer around the sides and back (as I did), we strongly advise them to see their hair stylist during the two or three months before their transplant to begin to transition to a significantly shorter hairstyle.  I can tell you from my own experience, that this is great advice!  I had my stylist trim my hair to about a number three length at one haircut, then just before my ARTAS procedure to a number two trim.  It was rather drastic for me, but I was surprised how many compliments I received about this new look…Additionally, I followed the other pre-op instructions in order to make my procedure as perfect as possible.

Because the patient (me!) needs to be still as possible during the robot-assisted harvesting, Dr. Lopresti prescribed medication that I needed to take before I arrived. I, therefore, arranged to a ride to Leonard Hair Transplant Associates and for a ride home after the procedure.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog entries this week on my transplant day experience and things I learned from being the patient instead of the surgeon.