The increasingly popular ARTA FUE hair transplant robot has to date only been used for the purposes of automated extraction of hair from the donor region at the back of a patient’s scalp.
However, in the near future, ARTAS will also be used to create recipient sites. And thereafter, to insert grafts into those recipient sites. i.e., within a few more years, we might be able to witness fully automated hair transplants.
The renowned hair transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein has a detailed page on robotic FUE hair transplantation on his website. Towards the end of that page, he states the following:
“Bernstein Medical is beta testing the ARTAS System for use in recipient site creation. Dr. Bernstein introduced this new technology at the Restoration Robotics user meeting in California on February 8, 2014. The capability should be available for general use by the fall of 2014”.
This is a ground breaking development that might be realized a bit sooner than I was expecting. Dr. Bernstein is a medical consultant to Restoration Robotics, and also an investor in the company according to his website.