Timeline of Innovations at Bernstein Medical
Drs. Wolfeld and Shah Selected as ‘Rising Stars’ by Super Doctors
Two physicians at Bernstein Medical have caught the attention of their peers in their respective fields in New York City and have been named “Rising Stars” by the Super Doctors® publication. Dr. Michael B. Wolfeld was selected for his accomplishments in the field of plastic surgery and Dr. Sejal Shah for her achievements in the field of dermatology. Both doctors appear in the 2014 and 2015 New York Super Doctors editions.
Dr. Bernstein Presents “Pre-Made Recipient Incisions” at 2015 ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago
Small, simple modifications in the sequence of the major steps in a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure will be beneficial to healing and growth following the procedure, says renowned hair restoration surgeon Dr. Robert M. Bernstein. Presenting at the 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Bernstein detailed how making recipient site incisions before harvesting follicular unit grafts can improve the outcome of an FUE procedure.
Dr. Wolfeld Presents Robotic Hair Transplantation at International Cosmetic Surgery Conference
Dr. Michael B. Wolfeld, a board certified plastic surgeon at Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration in New York and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, was a featured speaker at the 4th International Conference & Expo on Cosmetology and Trichology in Philadelphia. Dr. Wolfeld presented the cutting edge field of robotic hair transplants and shared his experiences with the robot, new and updated procedure protocols, and the latest improvements to the ARTAS® robotic system.
New York Magazine ‘Best Doctors’ Issue Includes Dr. Bernstein for Sixteenth Consecutive Year
On being chosen for his sixteenth consecutive ‘Best Doctors’ issue, Dr. Bernstein said: “I am honored to be considered among the best doctors in New York and it is a credit to the hardworking staff at Bernstein Medical that, after two decades of incredible progress, we are still making significant advances in the surgical treatment of hair loss.”
Long-Hair Robotic FUE
Author: Bernstein RM. Long-Hair Robotic FUE. Restoration Robotics White Paper. May 2015.
Synopsis: A limitation of FUE procedures is the short-term cosmetic problem of clipping the entire donor area in the back and sides of the scalp. The long-hair robotic technique avoids this problem by harvesting through a broad band of clipped hair that is covered with longer hair combed down over the harvested area. This technique enables the physician to harvest relatively large amounts of donor hair without shaving the patient’s entire scalp.
America’s Top Doctors Guide Includes Dr. Bernstein in 14th Consecutive Edition
Dr. Bernstein is honored to appear among the top 1% of medical specialists in the country in the 14th edition of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors. His inclusion is in recognition of his pioneering career in surgical hair restoration and the treatment of hair loss. Dr. Bernstein has been selected for every edition of the national guide.
Dr. Bernstein Introduces Robotic Graft Selection at ARTAS Annual Meeting
Dr. Robert M. Bernstein introduced a new capability of the ARTAS® robotic system, “Follicular Unit Graft Selection,” at the ARTAS User Group Meeting on February 6-7, 2015 in Newport Coast, CA. He presented the new technology and the preliminary results of a bilateral pilot study of the technique conducted at Bernstein Medical.
Dr. Wolfeld Presents Robotic Hair Transplant Advances at Plastic Surgery Meeting
Michael B. Wolfeld, M.D., a board certified plastic surgeon in New York City, presented advances in robotic hair transplant procedures to the 88th annual Plastic Surgery “The Meeting,” the largest international conference on plastic surgery. Dr. Wolfeld presented topics such as robotic harvesting of follicular unit grafts and robotic recipient site creation using the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant system.
Dr. Bernstein Presents Advances in Robotic Hair Transplants at ISHRS 2014
Dr. Robert M. Bernstein presented the ARTAS Hair Studio™ digital hair transplant design software and robotic recipient site creation using the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant system, each advances in key aspects of hair transplantation, at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, October 11th, 2014.
Dr. Wolfeld Selected as 2014 ‘Rising Star’ by Super Doctors
Dr. Michael B. Wolfeld has been selected as a “Rising Star” in the field of plastic surgery by the Super Doctors publication and is included in the 2015 New York City edition of the list. Only 2.5% of physicians in a state or region are named to the Rising Stars list. To be eligible, candidates must be active and fully-licensed to practice for 10 years or less.
ARTAS Robotic System Provides Minimized Donor Area Scarring
Author: Bernstein RM. ARTAS Robotic System provides a comprehensive suite of tools to minimize donor area scarring following hair transplantation. Restoration Robotics White Paper. September 2014.
Synopsis: The ARTAS® Robotic System provides a unique, comprehensive suite of tools that physicians can use to minimize donor area scarring and offer the patient greater styling options post-surgery. Factors that influence scarring in the donor area include: dissection punch size, density of harvest sites, distribution of the harvest sites, total number of sites, and the ‘blending in’ of harvest zones with un-harvested areas.
Dr. Bernstein, Robotic Hair Transplant Pioneer, Honored to be Included in 15th Consecutive ‘Best Doctors’ Issue of New York Magazine
Robert M. Bernstein, MD, MBA, FAAD, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University in New York and a pioneer of modern hair transplant procedures, is honored to be included in New York Magazine’s annual ‘Best Doctors’ issue for the fifteenth consecutive year.
Robotic Recipient Site Creation in Hair Transplantation
Author: Bernstein RM, Wolfeld MB, Zingaretti G. Robotic Recipient Site Creation in Hair Transplantation. Hair Transplant Forum Intl. 2014; 24(3): 95:97.
Synopsis: The initial application of the ARTAS® robotic system (robot), released in the fall of 2011, was the separation of follicular units from the surrounding scalp tissue, the first step in a follicular unit extraction procedure. Subsequent steps in FUE include removal of the follicular unit grafts from the donor scalp, site creation, and graft placement. With its new hardware and software capabilities, the robot can now perform one more step in this process, making recipient sites. Preliminary observations suggest that it can accomplish this function with greater precision and consistency than when performed manually.
Hair Restoration Pioneer Introduces Next Step in Robotic Hair Transplants
Dr. Bernstein introduced new technology that allows the ARTAS Robotic System to accomplish a critical step in hair transplant surgery, the creation of recipient sites. Presenting at the 2nd ARTAS User Group Meeting on February 7th and 8th, 2014, Dr. Bernstein previewed the recipient site creation technology that brings the robotic system one step closer to performing critical aspects of the labor-intensive, hair transplant procedure.
Columbia Business Features Dr. Bernstein for Having “Revolutionized” Hair Restoration
Dr. Bernstein is featured in Columbia Business, the alumni magazine of the Columbia Business School, for having “revolutionized the field of hair restoration.” The article mentions his pioneering the FUT procedure — now recognized as the “gold standard” in surgical hair restoration — and robotic hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Bernstein Named Inaugural Fellow of ISHRS (FISHRS)
Dr. Bernstein is honored to be designated an inaugural Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS). He and 60 colleagues make up the first class of fellows to the ISHRS, the world’s leading organization of professionals in the field of surgical hair restoration.
Current Status of Surgery In Dermatology: Hair Transplantation
Author(s): Hanke CW, et.al.
Synopsis: Every few decades, the American Academy of Dermatology publishes a comprehensive survey of the state of dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Dr. Bernstein was asked to contribute to this historical overview. The paper describes important developments in the field of hair restoration surgery over a period of more than twenty years. Dr. Bernstein’s pioneering articles on FUT and FUE are highlighted as key advances in the field, along with contributions by more than a dozen dermatologists. The section on hair transplantation includes a look towards the future with mentions of both robotic graft harvesting and the promise, and challenges, of hair cloning techniques.
Dr. Bernstein’s Key Contributions to Hair Restoration Outlined in Historical Review of Dermatologic Surgery
Dr. Bernstein is credited with introducing the “follicular unit” to surgical hair restoration, the innovation that allowed for a “completely natural-looking hair transplant” to be achieved. The commentary on Dr. Bernstein’s contributions to the field of hair transplantation are outlined in an historical review of dermatologic surgery that appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting
As a member of the panel on “Difficult Cases,” that explored challenging and atypical medical conditions and their treatment, Dr. Bernstein presented the “Management of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia.” This condition is a form of primary scarring hair loss. Dr. Bernstein chose to discuss this disease because it can be mistaken for common baldness; however, since the transplanted hair will be destroyed by the disease process, it is a contra-indication for hair transplantation. Since missing this diagnosis can lead to unnecessary and ineffectual surgery, an awareness of its signs and symptoms are important for every physician managing patients with hair loss.
On the panel on “Post Finasteride Syndrome,” Dr. Bernstein was part of a group that reviewed the latest studies on the efficacy and safety of finasteride in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. They discussed possible adverse events including claims of persistent sexual dysfunction (Post Finasteride Syndrome) and concerns relating to prostate cancer. They also discussed the challenges that arise in caring for patients when scientific research and the mass media give conflicting information.
In the Symposium “Question the Expert,” Dr. Bernstein presented a case of Diffuse Un-patterned alopeica (DUPA). This condition was first detailed by Dr. Bernstein in his landmark paper “Follicular Transplantation: Patient Evaluation and Surgical Planning,” that was published in Dermatologic Surgery in 1997. DUPA is a form of androgenetic alopecia that presents as rapid generalized hair loss in young adults.
Robotic Hair Transplants
Author: Bernstein RM.
Synopsis: A major advance in Follicular Unit Extraction is the introduction of a robotically controlled, image guided system to remove intact follicular units directly from the scalp. The robotic device increases the accuracy of graft harvesting, which in turn minimizes damage to hair follicles and reduces harvesting time. Each of these factors potentially contributes to increased graft survival. The technology also enables FUE to be performed on a wider variety of patients. This paper discusses this new robotic technology.
Age and the Donor Zone in FU Hair Transplants
Author: Bernstein RM.
Synopsis: When considering Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures, a person’s age and the ability to assess the permanence of the donor area are important variables in determining surgical candidacy. This FUT case study examines the importance of these variables in the patient evaluation.
Dr. Bernstein Gives Keynote Presentation On Robotic Hair Transplantation
Dr. Bernstein was honored to deliver the keynote address at the ARTAS International Users Forum in San Francisco. “Follicular Unit Extraction: Then and Now,” reviewed the evolution of surgical hair restoration from FUT through FUE to the cutting edge technique of Robotic-FUE.
Dr. Bernstein Selected For 14th Consecutive NY Magazine ‘Best Doctors’ Issue
Dr. Bernstein was included in the ‘Best Doctors’ issue of New York Magazine for the fourteenth consecutive year. The annual special issue of the magazine contains a directory of the New York area’s best physicians. The directory is based on the results of a peer-reviewed survey that is conducted by Castle Connolly, Ltd.
Bernstein Medical Receives National Accreditation for Maintaining Rigorous Standards in Patient Care
Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration has received a three-year re-certification for accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association).
‘America’s Top Doctors’ Book Includes Dr. Bernstein
The 12th edition of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors includes Dr. Bernstein for his work in hair transplant surgery and hair restoration. The list of doctors represents just the top 1% of medical specialists in America. Dr. Bernstein has been included in America’s Top Doctors for the past 12 consecutive years.
Dr. Bernstein Leads Robotic FUE ‘Coffee With Experts’ At ISHRS 20th Annual Meeting
Dr. Bernstein heads discussion on Robotic FUE at the 20th annual meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) which took place October 17-20, 2012. He led a roundtable discussion in the ‘Coffee with the Experts’ session on robotic follicular unit extraction. He was also a panelist at the Finasteride Symposium and gave a presentation on protocol in prescribing Finasteride to hair restoration patients.
Pre-Making Recipient Sites in FUE and R-FUE Procedures
Author: Bernstein RM, Rassman WR.
Synopsis: In FUT procedures, once the donor strip is removed, follicular unit dissection and graft insertion can be performed simultaneously. In FUE procedures, graft extraction must be completed before placement can begin, increasing the time grafts are out of the body and subjecting them to hypoxic injury. Waiting for recipient sites to be made adds to this time. These authors suggest creating recipient sites prior to extraction to decrease the time the grafts are outside the body. Other potential advantages of pre-making recipient sites are discussed.
Dr. Bernstein Proposes Improvements to FUE Hair Transplant Procedures
In the latest in a long of improvements made to hair restoration procedures, Dr. Bernstein has published an article in Hair Transplant Forum International which improves the FUE procedure even further, whether performing follicular unit extraction with the FUE robot or by hand. In his article, Dr. Bernstein suggests two techniques to enhance the FUE procedure. First, he recommends that surgeons create recipient sites prior to extraction, in order to decrease the time grafts are in their holding solution outside the body. Second, he suggests adding time between site creation and graft harvesting and placement, to allow recipient site healing to progress.
‘Best Doctors’ Issue Of NY Magazine Includes Dr. Bernstein For 13th Consecutive Year
Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., F.A.A.D., the world-renowned hair transplant physician, pioneer of the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and founder of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, was included in New York Magazine’s ‘Best Doctors‘ issue for the thirteenth consecutive year. “It is such an honor to be recognized by New York Magazine. Our passion for providing the best hair loss treatments has served as the impetus for pushing the envelope in utilizing new state-of-the-art hair restoration techniques such as Robotic assisted hair transplants.”
Dr. Bernstein Discusses Benefits Of Robotic FUE On Bloomberg TV
Dr. Bernstein Touts Benefits Of Robotic FUE On Bloomberg TVDr. Bernstein spoke with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller about the future of hair transplantation in a segment called, “The Bald Economy: Surgical Solutions to Hair Loss.” Dr. Bernstein said, “The robot now allows a mechanized system to do [follicular unit extraction] very, very quickly and very consistently, so that the human error in this part of the procedure is now gone.”
ARTAS Robotic FUE System And Dr. Robert Bernstein on NY1
NY1, a New York City television channel, has featured Dr. Bernstein in a segment on robotic hair transplantation. In the piece, Dr. Bernstein describes why having a computer-driven, image-guided robot is so helpful for hair transplantation. He also discusses the quality of follicular units extracted using the robot.
Interview Magazine: Dr. Bernstein a “Game-Changing” Hair Transplant Pioneer
The February 2012 issue features a section on the “elite league of experts” who celebs are increasingly turning to in order to maintain their high profile image. The article describes Dr. Bernstein as a “pioneer in the world of hair replacement surgery,” and as the hair transplant surgeon of choice for “VIP clients from the world of fashion and entertainment.”
Dr. Bernstein Again Selected Among Best Doctors In America
Castle Connolly has published the 11th edition of America’s Top Doctors. Dr. Bernstein is, once again, included on the peer-nominated list of doctors for his pioneering work in hair restoration. The list represents just the top 1% of medical specialists in America. Dr. Bernstein is the first hair restoration physician to be named to this list for more than 10 consecutive years.
ARTAS System For Robotic FUE Arrives At Bernstein Medical
We are pleased to announce that robotic FUE is now available at Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration. This is a major advance in FUE technology. The ARTAS system for hair restoration allows us to more effectively isolate follicular unit grafts from the donor area of the scalp without causing damage to individual follicles, a problem that has been a limitation of manual FUE techniques. Many other important parts of the FUE procedure will still be performed by the physician and team.
Hair Transplant Pioneer To Use Robotic ARTAS System For FUE Hair Transplantation
Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., F.A.A.D., world-renowned pioneer of the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant techniques and founder of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, will become the first hair transplant surgeon on the East Coast to use the robotic ARTAS System for Hair Restoration. Procedures using the computer-driven, automated system will begin in November 2011 in his state-of-the-art New York City facility.
U.S. News ‘Top Doctors’ List Includes Dr. Bernstein
The publishers of U.S. News Weekly have launched a searchable directory of the top doctors in the United States. Dr. Bernstein is featured in the directory with special designation indicating that he is considered among the top 1% in the nation in his specialty of dermatology.
Hair Transplant Pioneer Dr. Robert M. Bernstein in New York Magazine “Best Doctors” for 12th Consecutive Year
Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, pioneer of the follicular unit transplantation and follicular unit extraction hair transplant procedures, was selected as one of New York metropolitan area’s top physicians. Of his being selected in the 2011 issue, Dr. Bernstein said, “My inclusion in the Best Doctors issue for the twelfth year in a row is a testament to the hard work and dedication of my staff, our consistently high quality of care, and our passion for treating patients who are struggling with hair loss.”
NYC Hair Transplant Surgeon Named “Best Doctor” in New York Magazine for 11th Consecutive Year
Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, founder of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, was selected by Castle Connolly as one of the New York metropolitan area’s top physicians through a peer-review survey of medical professionals.
New York, NY — Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., F.A.A.D., world-renowned pioneer of the hair transplant techniques, Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction, and founder of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration in Manhattan, has been included in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue for the eleventh consecutive year.
Dr. Bernstein On Dr. Oz Show To Discuss ‘Taboo’ Of Hair Loss In Women
Dr. Mehmet Oz invited Dr. Bernstein to appear on his show, the Dr. Oz Show, where they discussed the ‘taboo’ subject of hair loss in women. Dr. Bernstein also demonstrated how he uses a densitometer to evaluate the hair loss of a female audience member.
‘America’s Top Doctors’ Guide Includes Dr. Bernstein In Top 1% Of American Doctors
The American consumer’s best source for finding top medical specialists — Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors — recently published its 8th Edition. Dr. Bernstein is included for his work in hair restoration and hair transplants.
O, The Oprah Magazine Discusses Hair Loss In Women, Female Hair Transplants With Dr. Bernstein
O, The Oprah Magazine – March 2010, The Oprah Magazine has a feature on hair loss in women in their March 2010 issue. Dr. Bernstein was consulted for the article and discussed female hair transplantation. “Since female hair loss is often diffuse, only about 20 percent of female patients with thinning hair are candidates, says Robert Bernstein, MD, a New York City dermatologist who specializes in these surgeries.”
Dr. Bernstein Offers Hair Loss Help on Fox and Friends
Dr. Bernstein was interviewed on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends” over the weekend. He discussed hair loss, hair transplant surgery, propecia hair loss medication, hair plugs, and more. Watch the full video on this post.
Dr. Bernstein in New York Magazine ‘Best Doctors’ Issue for 10th Year
Dr. Bernstein has been selected to be in the New York Magazine‘s “Best Doctors” issue for 2009. His selection marks the tenth consecutive year he has been included in the special issue. The physicians are chosen through a peer review process by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., publishers of the guidebook Top Doctors.
Dr. Bernstein Talks About Hair Loss in Women with New York Times
The New York Times interviewed Dr. Bernstein for a full-length article on hair loss and hair transplant options for women interested in hair restoration. The article — titled, “Tricks and Transplants for Women’s Hair Loss” — covered modern hair transplantation techniques, hair transplant costs, camouflage techniques, and more.
ABC News Hair Transplant Video Diary Features Dr. Bernstein’s Patient
What thoughts go through the head of your average hair loss sufferer before, during, and after a hair transplant? The answer to that question may now be revealed. ABC News correspondent Cari Nierenberg and associate producer Ryan Stevenson take us directly into the mind and life of Bernstein Medical patient Adam Khoudja in a three-part video diary and feature on hair loss and hair restoration.
Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies
December 3, 2008, publication of the definitive layman’s book on hair restoration: Hair Loss & Replacement For Dummies written by internationally-respected hair transplant pioneers Dr. William R. Rassman and Dr. Robert M. Bernstein. This book offers readers not only the full gamut of modern-day hair-care options, but crucial tips on how to avoid unscrupulous hair transplant doctors and potentially harmful products as well.
Dr. Bernstein Appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show
On a special episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, co-hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Bernstein was invited to discuss his pioneering follicular unit hair transplant procedure and the newest diagnostic techniques for hair restoration. Oprah opened the segment asking Dr. Bernstein “Do hair transplants really work?” After he explained the procedure, viewers were shown video footage of Dr. Bernstein performing a hair transplant and the patient from the video came on stage to be examined by Oprah.
Dr. Bernstein Named “Best Doctor” by New York Magazine for Ninth Consecutive Year
June 9, 2008, Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., was selected as one of NY Magazine’s best doctors for the 9th consecutive year. Annually, New York Magazine presents the findings of Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, publishers of Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors, and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. Dr. Bernstein is the only hair transplantation surgeon who has been included in this list of prominent physicians for nine consecutive years.
Columbia University Medical Center Awards Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Bernstein
Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., Clinical Professor of Dermatology, receives Certificate of Appreciation from Columbia University Medical Center for his “sustained contributions to the academic programs of the Department of Dermatology of Columbia University.”
Bernstein Medical Center’s Website Wins World Wide Web Health Award
The World Wide Web Health Awards, organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), names BernsteinMedical.com one of the Internet’s best resources for outstanding health information, based on accuracy, success in reaching the targeted audience, and overall quality. BernsteinMedical.com has been recognized for helping those with hair loss make educated decisions regarding their treatment options including preventative measures and possible hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Bernstein Named “Best Doctor” by New York Magazine for 8th Year
Robert M. Bernstein, MD has been selected again as one of NY Magazine’s best doctors. The June 11, 2007 issue presented the findings of Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, publishers of the guidebook, Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. Dr. Bernstein is the only hair transplantation surgeon included in this list of prominent physicians for eight consecutive years.
Dr. Bernstein Appointed Clinical Professor at Columbia University
The Trustees of Columbia University appoints Dr. Bernstein as Clinical Professor of Dermatology on April 1, 2007. This promotion was based on Dr. Bernstein’s teaching, lectures, research, original scientific papers, and outstanding patient care. The Department of Dermatology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is a major center for basic science and clinical research.
Bernstein’s Densitometry Paper Makes Cover of Hair Transplant Forum International
In an effort to give hair restoration surgeons more precise diagnostic information in their evaluation for patients considering hair transplants, Dr. Bernstein and his colleague Dr. Rassman use the techniques of densitometry and video-microscopy to analyze the scalp under high-powered magnification. The technique gives important information on hair density, follicular unit composition and hair shaft diameter. The new tools give physicians vital information for making decisions about whether patients are candidates for surgical hair restoration, the amount of donor tissue needed for the hair transplant procedure, and to help them better predict how the results of the hair transplant will ultimately look.
Bernstein Medical Opens Facility Designed for Follicular Unit Transplantation
Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration moves its New York facility to a new location in mid-town Manhattan. It is the first center of its kind specifically designed and engineered to perform state-of-the-art Follicular Unit Hair Transplant procedures.
Bernstein Launches Hair Transplant Blog
Dr. Bernstein creates a new Medical Weblog to help hair loss suffers learn more about their condition and the best possible treatment options. The Hair Transplant Blog covers a wide range of topics from the diagnosis of hair loss to medical and laser therapies. The focus is on Dr. Bernstein’s pioneering hair transplant procedures of Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction. Within six months, the Hair Transplant Blog is the most popular Blog on the internet specifically focusing on surgical hair restoration.
Dr. Bernstein Honored as “Pioneer of the Month”
Hair Transplant Forum International honors Dr. Bernstein as “Pioneer of the Month” for his pioneering work in Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. “In 1995, a surgeon just entering the field of hair transplantation became aware of these natural follicular units and came to believe that they should be the building blocks for all hair transplants. His name was Bob Bernstein. From 1995 to 2000, Bob and his colleague Dr. Bill Rassman articulated the rationale and benefits of FUT in dozens of publications and numerous lectures. Doubtlessly, Bob’s extraordinary effort advocating FUT in public forums during that time was critical to FUT’s rapid evolution and acceptance among surgeons.”
Launch of FollicularUnitForum.com
This new website, sponsored by Bernstein Medical, serves as a place where questions about hair transplant procedures are answered by persons who have actually had the procedure themselves. This hair transplant forum is unique in that it enables viewers the ability to ask question anonymously about all aspects of hair restoration surgery.
Bernstein Develops a New Instrumentation for Follicular Unit Extraction
A major limitation in Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the damage to follicles caused by the sharp instrument that separates the follicular unit grafts from the surrounding tissue. In three-step FUE, a blunt instrument is used to prevent this injury. A limitation of the 3-step procedure is that it is strictly dependent upon the complexities of instrument design. In this paper on New Instrumentation, Dr. Bernstein sorts out the essential elements of the 3-step process and designs a simple instrument to help achieve the goal of eliminating injury to grafts.
Bernstein Uses Scientific Methods to Establish Post-op Guidelines After Hair Transplants
To answer the long-asked question of exactly how much time it takes after a hair restoration procedure for the transplanted grafts to be securely anchored in place, Dr. Bernstein examined the transplanted grafts histologically. In the study, Graft Anchoring in Hair Transplantation published in Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Bernstein showed that by 9 days following a follicular unit hair transplant, grafts could not be dislodged. In addition, this interval could be shortened to one week if patients can prevent crusts from forming during the immediate post-op period. This information is now used by physicians to refine the post-op advice they give to their patients.
Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction
Dr. Bernstein, and his colleagues, Dr. Rassman and Dr. Harris, write the chapters in Haber and Stough’s new textbook on Hair Transplantation that describe the two major hair restoration techniques developed over the past decade. These chapters explain the current status of both Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and discuss controversial issues regarding these techniques. Areas of key interest are the lateral slit technique for recipient sites and the new 3-step method for FUE.
Bernstein in New York Magazine’s “The Best Doctors in New York” for 7th Year
Dr. Bernstein is honored to be included in this list of prominent physicians for the 7th consecutive year. In the selection process, medical professionals are asked to nominate the best doctors in a particular field, doctors that they would refer their own family members and patients to. They are asked to take into account the physician’s education, residency, board certification, hospital appointment, disciplinary record and reputation for dealing with patients.
Bernstein and Rassman Write Chapter on Hair Transplantation in Dermatology Clinics
As a follow-up to the ground-breaking “The Logic of Follicular Transplantation,” which appeared in Dermatology clinics in 1999 and discussed the evolution and rationale for follicular unit hair transplantation, Dr. Bernstein’s 2005 paper on the same subject, published in a special issue on Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, describes the techniques of follicular unit hair transplantation as the procedure enters its second decade.
Bernstein Authors Chapter on Hair Transplantation in Textbook “Surgery of the Skin”
Surgery of the Skin, published by Elsevier-Mosby and edited by Robinson, Hanke, Sengelmann and Siegel, is a monumental work that has been written to “To capture the art and practice of dermatologic surgery at the beginning of this century.” Dr. Bernstein has the honor of writing the chapter on Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation.
Dr. Bernstein Discusses Challenges of Corrective Surgery at ISHRS
On a panel of distinguished hair transplant surgeons at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 13th Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney, Australia, Bernstein speaks on the particular nuances of repairing the cosmetic problems that resulted from older techniques and poor surgical planning.
Dr. Bernstein Presents New Instrumentation for Follicular Unit Extraction at International Meeting
At the 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Bernstein presents a new method of performing Follicular Unit Extraction using a specially designed instrument that minimizes trauma to hair follicles.
Bernstein in New York Magazine’s “The Best Doctors in New York” for 6th Year
Dr. Bernstein is honored to be included in this list of prominent physicians for the 6th consecutive year. The selection takes into account the physician’s education, residency, board certification, hospital appointment, disciplinary record and reputation for dealing with patients. This year, Dr. Bernstein is the only hair transplant surgeon in New York to receive this recognition.
Dr. Bernstein Lectures on Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation at New York Teaching Hospitals
Dr. Bernstein gives lectures to the Department of Plastic Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Cornell University in New York and to the Department of Plastic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. In these lectures, he presents the newest techniques in surgical hair restoration to the plastic surgery residents.
Dr. Bernstein is Featured on The Today Show
Hosted by Matt Lauer, The Today Show special, “What Men Will Do for a Few More Strands of Hair,” is a three-day series on hair loss and its treatment. Dr. Bernstein and his hair transplant patient are featured in the segment that focuses on hair transplantation and Dr. Bernstein’s pioneering follicular unit transplantation techniques.
Bernstein Medical Launches Comprehensive Website on Hair Restoration
BernsteinMedical.com is created to provide a truly educational resource for understanding hair loss and the treatment of baldness. The site offers detailed explanations to most commonly asked questions of hair loss sufferers and provides an in-depth resource for information on more detailed issues relating to hair restoration. With photos, diagrams, video and useful links, this site is a virtual encyclopedia for the treatment of hair loss.
Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration is Founded
Robert M. Bernstein, M.D. forms Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration to provide patients with the most advanced medical and surgical therapies for hereditary baldness using his pioneering Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction techniques. The Center is solely devoted to the treatment of hair loss.
Drs. Bernstein and Rassman publish “Follicular Unit Extraction Megasessions”
In Follicular Unit Extraction Megasessions: Evolution of a Technique, that appeared in Hair Transplant Forum International, Bernstein and Rassman discuss the use of the new technique of FUE to transplant large numbers of grafts in a single session. In the paper they discuss the advantages over small FUE sessions. However, they describe the difficulty in extracting intact follicular unit grafts from previously harvested areas and caution that the technique of FUE may result in decreased overall yield.
Dr. Bernstein Discusses Issues in Density and Graft Growth at International Meeting
On a panel of distinguished hair restoration surgeons at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 12th Annual Scientific Meeting, in Vancouver, Canada, Bernstein highlights some concerns about the growth of follicular unit grafts when dense packing techniques are used in excess or when used on inappropriate candidates, such as patients who have significant sun damage on their scalp.
Dr. Bernstein Writes Sections in Unger’s Text on “Hair Transplantation”
Dr. Walter Unger’s classic text “Hair Transplantation” published by Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY, 4th Edition edited by Unger and Shapiro, includes Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation for the first time. Bernstein writes the sections titled “The Rational for Follicular Unit Transplantation” and “Techniques for Limiting the Amount of Epinephrine in Large Hair Restoration Surgeries.”
Dr. Bernstein Presents Results of “Graft Anchoring Study”
In this presentation at the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery held in Vancouver, Canada, Bernstein presents the results of his study that answers the crucial question “How much time does it actually take following a hair transplant so that the grafts are permanent and cannot be dislodged?” The results of the study are used to guide patients in their post-operative care. This important study has been accepted for publication in Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Bernstein Selected for New York Magazine’s “The Best Doctors in New York” for 5th Consecutive Year
This annual issue in New York Magazine reports the results of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publishers where they selected Dr. Bernstein through a peer-review process of 12,000 nominees. The medical professionals are asked to nominate the best doctors in a particular field, physicians to whom they would refer their own family, friends as well as patients.
Dr. Bernstein Chairs Hair Loss Advisory Panel
Dr. Bernstein serves as the Program Chair and Moderator for the Hair Loss Advisory Panel. This program is sponsored by Healthology for the purpose of providing information on the diagnosis and newest treatments of patterned hair loss in men and women.
Dr. Bernstein is Host Surgeon at the ISHRS in his Manhattan Facility
Dr. Bernstein has the honor of being “Host Surgeon” at the Live Surgery Workshop at the 11th Annual International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Meeting in New York, NY. At the workshop, Dr. Bernstein showed his method of Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction to the other hair restoration surgeons.
New York Magazine Recognizes Dr. Bernstein in “The Best Beauty Docs in New York” Special Issue
In the “Best Beauty Docs” in New York 2003, Dr. Bernstein is recognized as being among the City’s Top Cosmetic Dermatologists and commended for his pioneering work in Follicular Unit Transplantation and the natural looking results that this procedure achieves.
Dr. Bernstein Featured on The Early Show Discussing Women’s Hair Loss
On the CBS special “What Can Women Do for Hair Loss?” Dr. Bernstein is interviewed by Julie Chen regarding the issues facing women who suffer from hair loss. The CBS segment also showcases a hair transplant patient of Dr. Bernstein and explores the diagnostic challenges and various treatment options available to women.
Bernstein and Rassman Publish Definitive Work on Corrective Procedures
In the paired articles “The Art of Repair in Surgical Hair Restoration – Part I: Basic Repair Strategies and Part II: ““The Tactics of Repair” that appeared in Dermatologic Surgery, Bernstein and Rassman present both the conceptual framework for repairs and a practical approach to fixing the poor hair restoration procedures of the past. An important conclusion from their studies is that microscopically dissecting and redistributing existing large grafts prior to camouflage with follicular units is critical.
“Follicular Unit Extraction” Published by Rassman and Bernstein
The first paper on Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is published by Rassman and Bernstein in the journal Dermatologic Surgery. The article Follicular Unit Extraction: Minimally invasive surgery for hair transplantation describes the technique of Follicular Unit Extraction, the indications for the procedure and the limitations of the technique. The doctors explain the role of FUE as a complement to, rather than a replacement of, FUT.
The 6th Edition of “The Patient’s Guide to Hair Restoration” Published
The newest edition of Rassman and Bernstein’s popular guide includes new sections on drug therapy, surgical planning, and innovations in hair transplant repair. It has more than a hundred color photos showing patients in different stages of their restoration process.
Bernstein and Rassman Publish “A New Suture for Hair Transplantation”
In “A New Suture for Hair Transplantation: Poliglecaprone 25”, Bernstein and Rassman introduce the suture Poliglecaprone 25 to the field of hair restoration surgery. This new absorbable suture is shown to be superior to other types of donor closures with respect to level of comfort, convenience, and healing.
Good Morning America Films Dr. Bernstein
In the ABC special “The Bald Facts,” Good Morning America features Dr. Bernstein performing his pioneering hair transplant procedures and airs his interview with Charlie Gibson. During the interview, Gibson, tongue-in-cheek, asks Bernstein about his own hair loss.
The Discovery Channel Features Dr. Bernstein and His Pioneering Hair Transplant Repair Techniques
In a special titled “Cosmetic Surgery Gone Wrong,” The Discovery Channel films Dr. Bernstein in the process of transforming a patent’s old plugs into a natural looking hairline using corrective techniques developed by Dr. Bernstein at the New Hair Institute.
Dr. Bernstein Receives “Platinum Follicle” Award
Dr. Bernstein receives the Platinum Follicle Award. This is the highest honor awarded by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. At the awards ceremony, the President of the ISHRS expressed: “I proudly present the 2001 Platinum Follicle Award to Robert M. Bernstein, M.D. Dr. Bernstein has contributed to the field of hair transplantation in dramatic and substantial ways, revolutionizing the advancement of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. His published articles have become ‘Bibles’ for this methodology.”
Columbia University Promotes Bernstein to Associate Clinical Professor
The Department of Dermatology of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, promotes Robert M. Bernstein, M.D. to Associate Clinical Professor for “Outstanding patient case, research, writing, lectures and most importantly teaching activities.”
Bernstein and Rassman Caution on Excessive Use of Adrenaline in Hair Transplants
In the paper Limiting Epinephrine in Large Hair Transplant Sessions, Bernstein and Rassman warn that the use of “super juice” (very high concentrations of epinephrine) to control bleeding during a hair transplant may be dangerous. The authors describe other ways that bleeding can be easily controlled in hair transplant procedures of up to 2,400 grafts without the need for these high concentrations of epinephrine which may cause palpitations, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms and increase the risk of the hair restoration surgery.
Dr. Bernstein Presents “The Power of Graft Sorting in Follicular Unit Transplantation”
At the 8th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery held in Hawaii, Bernstein explains how one can maximize the aesthetic benefit of a hair transplant that uses follicular units exclusively. This includes meticulous stereo-microscopic dissection of the grafts into their naturally occurring groups and then distributing them according to their various sizes into specific regions of the scalp to produce the greatest cosmetic impact.
Bernstein’s Leading Role in Hair Transplantation is Recognized
In “A History of Dermatologic Surgery in the United States” published in Dermatologic Surgery 2000, Dr. Bernstein is cited as one of the three Physicians to have played a leading role in Hair Transplantation in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Bernstein Named One of “The Best Doctors in New York”
Bernstein is cited in New York Magazine to be among the “Best Doctors in New York.” This selection to be among New York’s top physicians and surgeons was derived from nominations by other medical professionals that take into account a physician’s education, residency, board certification, hospital appointment, disciplinary record and reputation for dealing with patients.
Dr. Bernstein Heads Group to Predict “The Future in Hair Transplantation”
As this Millennium draws to an end, Bernstein asks eighteen prominent physicians and scientists to predict what they feel will be the future in the treatment of hair loss. The compilation of their views is titled The future in hair transplantation and published in the Journal of Aesthetic Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Bernstein Introduces New Suture for Hair Transplantation at International Meeting
In controlled clinical studies, Bernstein shows the advantages of Monocryl, a new absorbable suture that produces less skin irritation than other absorbable sutures and is more comfortable than other suture materials including staples. He also shows that the cosmetic result in the donor area is superior to other techniques.
Dr. Bernstein Holds First “Workshop” on Follicular Unit Transplantation
The first International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery workshop to be completely devoted to Follicular Unit Transplantation is given by Dr. Bernstein. The title of the workshop is “The Philosophy and Practical Application of Follicular Unit Transplantation”.
Dr. Bernstein Appointed to ISHRS Scientific Committee
Dr. Bernstein is selected to serve on the Scientific and Education Committee of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. The function of this committee is to review submissions of research protocols that will decide the scientific grants and awards made by this international society.
The 5th Edition of “The Patient’s Guide to Hair Restoration” Released
Rassman and Bernstein’s highly informative book on hair loss and its treatment, written predominantly for their patients, is updated with new sections on Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation, new medications, and a host of new “before and after photos” of patients with their hair restoration process completed.
Dr. Bernstein Cautions on Using Excessive Adrenaline During Hair Transplant
Dr. Bernstein changes anesthesia techniques to make it more safe and effective and presents these techniques at the ISHRS. The research published the following year in Hair Transplant Forum International.
“The Logic of Follicular Unit Transplantation” Published
Dow B. Stough, MD, a Founder of the ISHRS and Editor of Hair Transplant Forum International writes: “Everything you wanted to know about follicular unit transplantation, and then some. This monograph, presented by Bernstein and Rassman, can be thought of as a thesis on the subject of the follicular unit, this may be perhaps the most comprehensive accumulation of thoughts on the subject thus far.” The Logic of Follicular Unit Transplantation serves as the basis for the introductory chapter on the subject in Unger and Shapiro’s 2004 text, “Hair Transplantation.”
Bernstein Exposes Physician “Fear” of Microscopes
In this short satire called Microscopophobia; Bernstein pokes fun at physicians who are afraid, or otherwise resistant, to introducing microscopes into their practices. The article gives a step-by-step cure for their follies.
Bernstein and Rassman Show Hair Shaft Diameter Critical to Hair Transplant
Drs. Bernstein and Rassman explain mathematically why hair shaft diameter is more important than absolute hair counts in determining the aesthetic results of hair restoration surgery and define both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the follicular unit.
Bernstein and Rassman Warn that Automatic Graft Cutters Can Damage Follicles
Although the use of automated cutting devices to speed up the hair restoration process is appealing, in Blind graft production: Value at what cost?, Bernstein and Rassman caution physicians that the use of these devices may increase the speed of the procedure at the expense of quality and that they may result in an unacceptable degree of follicular damage.
Bernstein and Rassman Quantify Benefits of Stereo-Microscope in Hair Transplantation
Dissecting microscope versus magnifying loupes with transillumination in the preparation of follicular unit grafts is the first scientific paper to show the advantages of using a dissecting stereo-microscope for Follicular Unit Transplantation. This bilateral controlled study validates the benefits of the technique that had been introduced to the field by Dr. Bobby Limmer.
Dr. Bernstein is Appointed to Editorial Board of Prestigious Medical Journals
Dr. Bernstein is appointed to the editorial board of Dermatologic Surgery and the Journal of Aesthetic Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery. Dermatologic Surgery is the primary peer reviewed journal used by hair restoration surgeons use to publish their research.
Dr. Bernstein Leads Group of 21 in Developing Standard Hair Transplantation Terminology
Dr. Bernstein organizes a group of illustrious hair restoration surgeons in an attempt to unify the field of surgical hair restoration by setting standards for defining the most commonly performed hair transplant procedures. The purpose is to allow surgeons to be able to compare the results of scientific studies and to improve communication with their patients. The paper, Standardizing the classification and description of follicular unit transplantation and mini-micrografting techniques, formally changes the name “Follicular Transplantation” to “Follicular Unit Transplantation” and strictly defines the procedure as requiring stereo-microscopic dissection and single strip harvesting.
Bernstein and Rassman Define “Delayed Growth” Phenomenon
In “What is Delayed Growth?” Bernstein and Rassman describe the occasional wide variability in growth rates seen after a hair transplant and speculate on possible causes. They hypothesize a disruption in the normally asynchronous human hair growth cycle as one possible cause.
American Academy of Dermatology Asks Dr. Bernstein to Hold Annual Focus Session
The American Academy of Dermatology requests Dr. Bernstein to give a Focus Session at its annual meeting that is solely devoted to Follicular Unit Transplantation. This request underscores the fact that the AAD recognizes the importance of this two-year old procedure. The focus session runs for five years.
Dr. Norwood Writes Follicular Transplantation is “An Idea Whose Time Has Come”
Editor Emeritus O’Tar Norwood visits Dr. Bernstein’s east coast hair transplant facility and is impressed with “scientific methods, academic honesty, and almost eerie instinctive knowledge of hair transplant surgery.” In an editorial describing his visit, he proclaims Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation as an “Idea Whose Time Has Come.”
Dr. Bernstein Defines “The Art of Follicular Transplantation” at ISHRS in Barcelona
At the 5th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in Barcelona, Spain; Dr. Bernstein presents “The Art of Follicular Transplantation.” In the presentation, he quantifies the characteristics of follicular units and details the ideal way to distribute follicular unit grafts to produce the best aesthetic results. A reviewer describes this presentation as “eloquent.”
Bernstein and Rassman Publish “Paired” Follicular Transplantation Articles that Become “Classic” Reference in Field
The articles Follicular Transplantation: Patient Evaluation and Surgical Planning and The Aesthetics of Follicular Transplantation are published in the prestigious journal, Dermatologic Surgery. These papers literally define the new field of Follicular Unit Transplantation. The Editor of Hair Transplant Forum international writes “Whatever happens, we will still be using something close to the Bernstein-Rassman technique in decades to come, as it provides convincing results with nature’s own building blocks…there is no doubt that their techniques are revolutionizing hair restoration surgery and almost every practitioner in this field has already been influenced by their past writings…”
Dr. Bernstein is Named “Surgeon of the Month”
Hair Transplant Forum International selects Robert M. Bernstein, M.D. as “Surgeon of the Month” for “introducing the concept of Follicular Transplantation” and for his pioneering work with this procedure. The Forum is the official publication of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Bernstein and Rassman Attack Laser Use in Hair Transplants
In the publication Laser Hair Transplantation: Is it Really State of the Art?, published in the prestigious Journal of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Drs. Bernstein and Rassman state that Lasers are not useful for creating hair transplant recipient sites and, in fact, cause more damage than sites made with needles. Lasers also decrease the ability of the surgeon to create a “snug fit” for the grafts and thus prevent the grafts from being held securely in place. As a result, lasers risk scarring and poor growth. Fortunately, “laser hair transplants” never gained popularity in surgical hair restoration, except as a tool for marketing.
Dr. Bernstein Criticizes “Scalp Reduction” Procedure
In the publication, Are Scalp Reductions Still Indicated? published in Hair Transplant Forum International, Bernstein refutes the idea that patients with male pattern baldness may benefit from scalp reductions. He explains that scalp reductions simultaneously decrease scalp laxity and donor density, and thereby deplete a patient’s donor reserves. In addition, a scalp reduction creates a scar in the crown forcing the surgeon to place additional hair in the area to cover the scar. Following this article in 1996, there was a precipitous drop in the number of scalp reductions being performed. A decade later, scalp reduction surgery is almost never used to treat male pattern hair loss.
Dr. Bernstein Presents Follicular Transplantation at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
Dr. Bernstein presents the theory behind Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation and shows results of this technique to physicians at the International Meeting of the ISHRS. The attendees hardly appreciate the importance and future impact that this new technique will have, but are impressed with the incredibly natural results.
Bernstein and Rassman Publish “Follicular Transplantation” and Define a New Hair Restoration Technique
In their landmark publication Follicular Transplantation, Bernstein and Rassman state that hair transplantation should be performed using only naturally occurring, individual follicular units. The paper introduces the term “Follicular Unit” to the field and describes both the technique and planning needed to get the best long-term aesthetic results.
Dr. Bernstein joins New Hair Institute to develop Follicular Unit Transplantation
Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologic surgeon in Manhattan, joins the New Hair Institute, to develop his idea of using follicular units in hair transplant procedures. The New Hair Institute (NHI) was founded by Dr. William Rassman in 1992 as a group of board certified physicians dedicated solely to hair restoration and specializes in performing “megasessions” and using “dense packing” techniques. Dr. Bernstein is appointed Medical Director of the Institute, the same year.