ARTAS Robotic FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

The growing popularity of Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) hair transplants has inspired significant technological advances in the field of hair transplant surgery – the FDA-cleared ARTAS® Robotic (FUE) System being an important one.  It is the first and only robotic (FUE) transplant system which utilizes an optical guidance system to identify, locate and extract your follicular units under the guidance of your surgeon during the all-important donor harvest step of a hair transplant procedure.

You’ll have natural looking hair – your own hair – that you can wear in any style with confidence.


 ARTAS® System Machine Interface

  • Visualizes the surface of the scalp in three dimensions with micron-level precision.
  • Stereo digital imaging maps coordinates, angle orientation and direction for each follicular unit.
  • Determines the density and distribution of follicular units.
  • At 50 times a second, monitors and updates distinct parameters of each and every follicular unit.
  • Intelligent algorithms set the alignment and depth for individual follicular unit harvesting.
  • Calculated angle of approach minimizes transections by the two-needle system.

Robotic Hair Transplant 3,207 graphs, 1 year after surgery

Robotic Hair Transplant 2,500 graphs, 18 months after surgery

How Does It Work?

The advanced digital imaging analyzes and tracks each hair to preserve the natural look of your donor. Customized punch sizes of 1.0mm, 0.9mm or 0.8, are selected by your surgeon according to the character and quality of your hair.  Smaller punches may shorten healing times, decrease donor scarring and help to minimize any potential damage to neighboring follicles. Currently, 4 prong punches are used to more precisely incise the tissue and harvest the grafts.  This minimally invasive procedure does not leave a linear scar, so you have the freedom to cut and style your hair without any worries. It has been praised for its speed and accuracy. Once these grafts have been robotically extracted from the back of the head, they are meticulously placed into the recipient sites your surgeon has created in your thinning and balding areas.

Dr. Ziering was the first hair transplant surgeon purchase and launch ARTAS® Robotic System in the US and to introduce it to Europe. He was the first hair transplant surgeon to break the 2000, 3000 and 3500 graft harvest thresholds and the first to perform a robotic FUE procedure with a female patient, an African American patient and the long hair robotic FUE procedure. Ziering Medical of Beverly Hills and New York are beta centers for the ongoing development and refinement of this exciting technology. Frequently tapped to teach and train surgeons on the ARTAS® Robotic System, Dr. Ziering has recommended and contributed many upgrades and improvements to this evolving technology.

Another feature of the ARTAS® Robotic System is its ability to create recipient sites, following the unique plan and design of the hair transplant you have discussed with your surgeon.  If this option is applied, your surgeon will create the recipient sites for your hairline and the ARTAS® Robotic System is employed to automate recipient site creation throughout the frontal zone behind the hairline.

For larger surgical cases (1500 + grafts), we perform this procedure over two consecutive days. On the first day your donor area is shaved down and the recipient sites are created which takes approximately 3 – 4 hours. This provides our surgical team with a more accurate predication of the grafts needed to harvest while giving our patients a visual demonstration of where the grafts will be placed. Another key benefit is this jumpstarts the healing the process, releasing growth factors into the zones where recipient sites have been created. The following day, we begin robotically harvesting the grafts first thing in the morning which assists with maximizing the harvest, managing the time required to complete the procedure, maintaining the patient’s comfort, and reducing the amount of out-of-body time for the grafts increasing graft survivability. With the ARTAS® System Procedure, your hair transplant surgeon utilizes advanced digital technology and precision robotics to give you fuller, healthy looking hair.

Dr. Ziering has received the ARTAS Clinical Excellence Award each year since 2013 for his work with Robotic FUE Hair Transplant. 


Dr Ziering and Team using The ARTAS® System

ARTAS® System FUE Procedure Overview

Patient’s Side Perspective of the ARTAS® System Harvesting Process




Placing the TensionerPatient Undergoing ProcedureHarvesting NeedleKevin and the wall of the interfaceClose up of harvested hair folliclesbnm

Robotic Surgery: With New Technology Come New Opportunities?

With all the press surrounding health care reimbursements and related topics, it’s easy to forget that there are still new and exciting procedures to offer for the benefit of both your patients and your practice.

Robot-assisted hair restoration is one such procedure. The ARTAS System enables physicians to offer their patients a minimally invasive procedure that leverages image-guided robotics to deliver permanent, natural-looking results.

Read more here.

Robotic FUE Hair Transplant Surgery Results*

Case Details: 1,115 Grafts, 1 Robotic FUE Procedure 12 Months Post Op

*Individual results may vary


Dr. Craig Ziering

Hair Surgeon & Artist

Dr. Rae Lynne Kinler

Hair Surgeon & Artist

Dr. James Calder

Hair Surgeon & Artist

Dr. Michelle Elway

Hair Surgeon & Artist