Robotic Hair Transplantation

Hair Transplant by Robot

Work with Dr. Miguel Canales, the Clinical Authority on Robotic Hair Transplant
Dr. Miguel Canales is known as the leader in robotic hair transplant (ARTAS Robotic Procedure), that is, the most advanced therapy for hair transplantation. The ARTAS® Robotic System uses artificial intelligence, 3D treatment planning software and sophisticated precision robotics to harvest follicular units and create aesthetic personalized recipient sites for follicular unit implantation. The advantages of the ARTAS Robotic Procedure over conventional hair transplants are having no linear scar in the donor area, having no post-operative limitations on physical activity and achieving natural aesthetic personalized results. By working with Dr. Canales, you are working with one of the creators of the ARTAS robotic hair transplantation technology.

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Silicon Valley Hair Institute is fortunate to have pioneered the use of the ARTAS robotic hair transplantation for San Francisco Bay Area patients in our Foster City, California, location. Convenient to San Francisco, San Mateo, and Palo Alto as well as other Bay Area cities, we are the leading center for those seeking Bay Area ARTAS robotic hair transplant procedures.

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The ARTAS robot’s advanced optical guidance system locates and extracts follicular units according to specifications programmed by the physician. It carries out this process hundreds to thousands of times per session with speed and accuracy that is impossible to duplicate with the human hand. The robot also creates aesthetically natural and personalized recipient site patterns for the placement of follicular units according to an aesthetic plan designed by the physician.

A Pioneer in the Use of Robotic Hair Transplantation

As Medical Director of Restoration Robotics, Inc., Dr. Miguel Canales pioneered the clinical development of the ARTAS Robotic Procedure.  Dr. Canales established the standards of clinical excellence for robotic hair transplantation, is named on over 11 critical patents on robotic hair transplantation and has trained the most re-known physicians throughout the world on the ARTAS Procedure. Dr. Canales served as Medical Director for Restoration Robotics, the company that manufactures the ARTAS hair transplant robot, for a decade.robotic hair transplant in the San Francisco Bay Area

Robotic vs. Conventional

  • No linear scar, no detectable scarring in the Donor Area
  • Increased survival of harvested follicular units
  • Less pain, discomfort and down-time
  • Less invasive approach enables hair restoration an option for younger patients
  • Intelligent algorithms maximize the harvest of follicular units that contain the most hair which minimizes wounding
  • Easier harvest of follicular units in patients from different racial backgrounds (e.g. curly hair from patients of African descent)
  • Creating aesthetically personalized recipient sites to achieve more natural aesthetic results.  The ARTAS System is able to create recipient sites that match the hair angle, direction and elevation of pre-existing hair in the recipient site area.
  • Robotic recipient site-making potentially reduces the incidence of “shock loss” by avoiding damage to pre-existing hair in the recipient area.  The robot detects pre-existing hair and makes incisions beside them.
  • Eliminates the significant human error due to fatigue and the imprecision/variability of hand-eye coordination

Questions and Answers about Robotic Hair Transplant

Q. What is the cost of a robotic hair transplant?

A. Hair transplant surgery costs depend on individual needs and desires. Generally, the price of a robotic hair transplant procedure can range from $8,000 and up. Our clinic staff helps manage affordable robotic hair transplant surgery by setting up a reasonable payment plan. It’s important, for example, to compare the costs of a Bay Area hair transplant with the costs of a hair transplant in Turkey or Mexico (where travel, and rather unregulated providers are an issue). You can read an interesting data study on hair restoration trends, here.

Q. Is a robotic hair transplant painful?

A. It’s our mission to ensure patients experience a comfortable, painless robotic hair transplant surgery. In general, our patients tell us they hardly feel anything during surgery. Men and women, old and young – people from throughout the Bay Area from San Francisco to Palo Alto, Oakland to San Jose, come to us. Everyone is unique, and we work hard to optimize the procedure against your individual pain tolerance. That’s because we identify an individual plan and provide local anesthesia to help numb the scalp. Our ARTAS hair transplant robot also helps to ensure a quick and comfortable recovery with no discomfort after surgery.

Q. What is the difference between robotic hair transplant vs. competitive hair transplants?

A. The main difference is an important one and can affect the outcome of hair loss surgery. Manual hair extraction devices like hair grafts rely on the surgeon to hold it while each hair is extracted. The ARTAS hair transplant robot directly manages each hair during hair restoration surgery. The robot maintains accuracy during the process reducing common errors made in manual FUE/FUT hair loss surgery. That means the physical exhaustion of holding a device during each extraction is not the surgeon’s job. The robotic hair transplant system allows the hair loss surgeon to focus their energy on the overall result to ensure there is no ‘over harvesting’ on any part of the scalp. Guided by one of the best hair loss surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area, we believe the ARTAS hair transplant system can help patients achieve their ‘dream hair.’

Here is a video on how robotic hair transplant surgery is improving the quality of life for people around the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Oakland, San Jose to Menlo Park and everywhere between here in Northern California.

Q. What are Robotic hair transplant side effects?

A. Side effects of robotic hair transplantations are minimal, if not at all. The noticeable scarring related to traditional hair loss strip surgery is not part of today’s innovative technology. Instead of a long scar in the back of the head where hair follicles were harvested, robotic transplant surgery only leave tiny white dots easily hidden under the hair. After anesthesia from surgery wears off, our patients generally don’t feel any pain, which equals a short recovery time. It will take time for the new hair to grow, but because it’s the patient’s hair, they should experience average hair growth.