Robotic hair restoration

Dermatol Clin. 2014 Jan;32(1):97-107. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2013.09.008.


The latest innovation to hair restoration surgery has been the introduction of a robotic system for harvesting grafts. This system uses the follicular unit extraction/follicular isolation technique method for harvesting follicular units, which is particularly well suited to the abilities of a robotic technology. The ARTAS system analyzes images of the donor area and then a dual-chamber needle and blunt dissecting punch are used to harvest the follicular units. The robotic technology is now being used in various locations around the world. This article discusses the use of the robotic system, its capabilities, and the advantages and disadvantages of the system.

Keywords: Follicular isolation technique; Follicular unit extraction; Follicular units; Robotic hair transplantation; Strip harvesting; Transection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / surgery*
  • Equipment Design
  • Hair / transplantation*
  • Hair Follicle / transplantation
  • Humans
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Robotics / methods*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting / instrumentation
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting / methods*