Australian men confronting the physical and psychological impact of premature hair loss can now have follicles from their remaining hair transplanted and regrown in the affected area with the help of world-first robotic technology.

The first Australian surgeon to successfully use robot-guided hair transplant technology describes it as “the 21st Century answer to an age-old problem” for men with the most common form of hair loss – male pattern balding (androgenic alopecia).

“Hair loss is a very real issue for millions of Australians,” said Dr Russell Knudsen, a hair restoration specialist from the Knudsen Clinic in Sydney’s Double Bay, and past-President of both the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and the Australasian Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons.

“Until now, male pattern hair loss has been treated through medicinal options or surgical procedures involving follicular unit hair grafts, obtained by donor strip harvesting or manual extraction of hair follicles (Follicular Unit Extraction),” he said.

The new ARTAS System uses sophisticated digital mapping and precision robotics to harvest thousands of healthy individual hair follicles from the scalp, which are then carefully transplanted into the thinning area.

“The robot uses image-guided technology to select and remove the most viable hair follicles with minimal damage, providing the all-important root for transplanting and regrowth,” said Dr Knudsen.

“The implanted hairs develop their own blood supply, begin to grow and new hairs are seen a few months after the procedure,” he said.

Dr Knudsen explained that the robot’s precision in extracting the follicular unit hair grafts means they are removed quickly and in optimal condition, boosting the likelihood of each graft re-growing.

“The benefits to patients are fast healing, and gradual, natural looking hair regrowth without the potentially noticeable scar associated with strip surgery,” Dr Knudsen said.

Hair restoration surgery is becoming increasingly popular in Australia, doubling in the last decade to almost 4,000 procedures annually.1

“Hair loss can affect a person in many ways, including their confidence levels, relationships, overall emotional wellbeing, and even their career prospects,” Dr Knudsen said.

“For many men, hair is a major part of their identity and they will go to great lengths to reverse hair loss,” he said.

Research indicates that approximately two-thirds of men will experience appreciable hair loss by the time they reach 35 years age.2 By age 50, 85 per cent of men will experience significant loss in hair thickness.3

“In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the ARTAS robot is a FUE game-changer that will help answer the needs of many men who are desperate to overcome hair loss,” Dr Knudsen added.

About the ARTAS Hair Transplant System

  • Hair transplantation with the ARTAS system provides gradual, natural looking hair regrowth. New hairs begin to appear within a couple of months of the procedure and continue to grow over the course of a year, making gradual changes to the patient’s appearance. Patients should have noticeable results after six months and full results
    within a year.
  • The procedure is minimally invasive. As such, healing time is quick and patients can return to normal activities within a day or two. Results may vary.
  • The robotic system can remove up to 1,000 to 1,200 hairs per hour, minimising the amount of time the grafts remain outside of the scalp before being transplanted. The total procedure lasts between three and six hours on average.
  • The cost of the procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on the number of hairs to be transplanted, but will approximate to roughly $10,000 – $12,000 for the average patient.
  • Device Technologies is the Australian distributor of the ARTAS System.
  • Use only as directed. Your healthcare professional will advise whether the ARTAS System is suitable for you. If symptoms persist, see your doctor.

For further information on the ARTAS System please visit:

1. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. 2013 Practice Census Results. 2013.
2. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Male hair loss and pattern baldness in men.
3. American Hair Loss Association. Men’s Hair Loss.


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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