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Robotic Hair Transplants

The ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System is the most advanced technology for surgical hair restoration. Developed by the research engineers at Restoration Robotics, Inc., Mountain View, California, the system has been FDA-approved for hair transplant surgery since the spring of 2011. Dr. Bernstein is one of the first physicians to use this new technology, and he is a medical advisor to the company.

The physician controlled, computerized ARTAS system uses an image-guided robot to apply surgical tools to the patient’s scalp with precision and speed that surpasses manual techniques.

How the ARTAS System Works

Dr. Bernstein performing Robotic Hair Transplant using ARTAS System
Dr. Bernstein performing Robotic Hair Transplant using ARTAS System

The ARTAS robot uses a three dimensional optical system to guide a two-step dissection process that isolates follicular units to obtain hair from the back of the scalp for maximum preservation of the follicles. The follicular units are then carefully removed to complete the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) process. This is sometimes referred to as Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction (R-FUE) or simply Robotic FUE. Learn more in our section on Robotic Hair Transplants »

ARTAS Robotics at Bernstein Medical

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In the fall of 2011, Bernstein Medical became one of the first hair restoration facilities in the world to use the ARTAS system. We perform all FUE procedures using the new robotic technology. Dr. Bernstein has been working closely with Restoration Robotics for several years to improve the robot’s performance in FUE and to develop other applications of the hair transplant robot. Bernstein Medical is a beta-testing site for Restoration Robotics, and it was in our facility in New York City where Dr. Bernstein débuted automated recipient site creation using the robot. Robotic recipient site creation is scheduled to be available to all facilities in the fall of 2014. The next phase of development involves the last phase of a hair transplant procedure, the placement of grafts into recipient sites. This process is currently in development and will likely take at least two years before it is available. Learn more in our section on Robotic Hair Transplants »

FDA Clearance

The following is an excerpt of a press release about the ARTAS™ System by the developer of the device, Restoration Robotics, Inc.

ARTAS System Receives FDA Clearance for Ground-Breaking Technology Treating Hair Loss

Restoration Robotics, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the first robotic follicular unit harvesting system, today announced that it has received FDA 510K clearance for its revolutionary ARTAS System


ARTAS System for FUE Hair Transplantation

Mountain View, CA – April 14, 2011 – Restoration Robotics, Inc. a privately-held medical device company, today announced that its revolutionary technology, the ARTAS™ System, has received 510K clearance from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for harvesting hair follicles from the scalp in men diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) with black or brown straight hair. The ARTAS™ System was developed in close collaboration with several leading hair restoration physicians to enhance the quality of follicular unit harvesting for the benefit of physicians and their patients.

“We are thrilled to receive FDA clearance, and look forward to rolling out the ARTAS™ System to leading hair restoration physicians,” said Jim McCollum, Chief Executive Officer, Restoration Robotics. “Hair loss is a very real issue for millions of men in the United States. We’re pleased to offer a powerful new technology for patients who are interested in a safe new way to enhance their quality of life.”

ARTAS™ is a physician-controlled, state-of-the-art, interactive, computer-assisted system that enables harvesting of hair follicles during hair restoration procedures. It combines several features including an image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches, and a computer interface. The ARTAS™ System is capable of identifying and harvesting individual follicular units to implement the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique.

About Restoration Robotics

Restoration Robotics, Inc., a privately held medical device company, is dedicated to revolutionizing the field of hair transplantation by developing and commercializing its state-of-the-art image-guided ARTAS™ System. This interactive, computer assisted system uses image-guided robotics to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting for the benefit of physicians and their patients. Dr. Bernstein is a medical consultant to Restoration Robotics, is involved in the research and development of the ARTAS system, and has a financial interest in the company.

To learn more about Restoration Robotics and its technology, visit restorationrobotics.com.


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