Bernstein Medical, P.C.


Name: Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., F.A.A.D.


Hair Restoration Services offered:
Ultra-Refined Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Robotic FUE (Robotic-assisted Follicular Unit Excision)
Hair Transplant Repair
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Eyebrow Transplant
Medical Hair Loss Treatment


110 East 55th Street, 11th Floor
New York
New York



Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., F.A.A.D., Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University Performing Follicular Unit Transplantation and Robotic FUE in NYC, NY.

Why Dr. Bernstein is recommended.

Robert M. Bernstein, MD, MBA, FAAD, FISHRS is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York. He is a world-renowned pioneer of modern hair transplant surgery and founder of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration in New York. Dr. Bernstein is recognized for developing Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Excision (formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE), and Robotic FUE, the procedures that revolutionized the field of surgical hair restoration and have led to improved outcomes for thousands of patients.

In addition to pioneering and improving hair transplant procedures through research and medical publications, Dr. Bernstein is known for his exceptional surgical skills and keen aesthetic sense in designing a hair transplant. He has performed thousands of surgeries over more than 20 years, and the results speak for themselves. You can see before and after hair transplant photos for more than 200 patients on the Bernstein Medical website in the photo galleries. His website also has a section dedicated to letters he has received from patients.

Dr. Bernstein is on the forefront of robotic hair transplant technology and collaborates with Restoration Robotics to improve the ARTAS® Robotic System for FUE. Bernstein Medical is a beta-test site for studying and deploying new applications in robotic hair restoration technology and Dr. Bernstein is a medical advisor to the company. Advances to the ARTAS System that were introduced at Bernstein Medical include: customizable punch sizes, more efficient graft harvesting, robotic recipient site creation, automated graft selection, a “long-hair” technique that enables Robotic FUE without shaving the entire donor area, plus several other important modifications. Every FUE procedure at Bernstein Medical uses the precision of the ARTAS system.

Published Works

As the most published author on the subject of FUT and FUE – with over 70 articles, editorial reviews, books and textbook chapters – Dr. Bernstein is widely recognized as an authority on all aspects of hair transplantation and hair loss. His landmark scientific papers on FUT and FUE are considered seminal works in the field. Dr. Bernstein was cited in “Millennium Paper: A History of Dermatologic Surgery in the United States,” as one of three physicians who lead the advancement and development of surgical hair restoration. For the layman, Dr. Bernstein co-authored Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies, a thorough guide to male and female hair loss and its treatment.

Awards & Recognition

Dr. Bernstein has received the “Platinum Follicle Award,” the highest honor awarded by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). In presenting the award, the president of the ISHRS said, “Dr. Bernstein has contributed to the field of hair transplantation in dramatic and substantial ways, revolutionizing the advancement of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. His published articles have become ‘Bibles’ for this methodology.” Dr. Bernstein has also been honored as “Pioneer of the Month” and “Surgeon of the Month” in Hair Transplant Forum International, the journal of the ISHRS.

Dr. Bernstein has been included Castle Connolly Medical’s “America’s Top Doctors” and New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” for 16 consecutive years. He was included in New York Magazine’s “Best Beauty Docs in New York” for his pioneering work in FUT and FUE.

Dr. Bernstein has made numerous appearances on television and in the media, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, “The Doctors” on CBS, The Early Show, The Howard Stern Show, The Discovery Channel, Univision, Telemundo, and National Public Radio. He has also been interviewed by GQ Magazine, Men’s Health, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Columbia Business, The Columbia Journalist, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Professional Organizations & Societies

Dr. Bernstein is board certified in Dermatology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and a member of the inaugural class of Fellows of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS). He is certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) and has served as an Examiner on this board and on the editorial board of the journal Dermatologic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery (AAARS), American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).


Dr. Bernstein graduated with honors from Tulane University achieving the status of Tulane Scholar. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School where he was given the Dr. Bleiberg Award for “Excellence in Dermatology.” He received his dermatologic training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Bernstein also holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration

Dr. Bernstein’s practice, Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, was founded in 2005 and is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss using the most advanced treatments and technologies. Our facility is located in midtown Manhattan, New York City.

To learn more about Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, visit their hair transplant website at

hair transplant photos and results


Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 2275
Baldness Class: 4A
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 2009
Baldness Class: 4A
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 2016
Baldness Class: 5
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 1721
Female Transplant
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 2174
Baldness Class: 5A
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 1454
Baldness Class: 3
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 1950
Baldness Class: 3
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 2
Grafts: 4152
Baldness Class: 5
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 2194
Baldness Class: 3A
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Baldness Class: 4A
Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 1411
Baldness Class: 3
Procedure Type: FUE

Hair Transplant

Sessions: 1
Grafts: 1886
Baldness Class: 5
Procedure Type: FUE

Hair Loss Patient Websites Featuring Hair Restoration Experiences, Results and Photos


My hair loss started early. I was one of those guys in guys school who could be mistaken for a teacher. I tried a couple of over the counter topical solutions and they seemed to increase my hair loss. Living in New York City I know that we have...

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This is my story. Since I was a teenager I’ve been into exercise and staying in shape and growing up I always felt like I had really good hair, until I started seeing more of it in the sink. As I got older I started to get more and more self conscious...

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I began losing hair at the age of 21. My hair loss pattern is almost identical to that of my father and his father. My hair loss progression has been gradual over the last 27 years and I’m now a Norwood 4a.

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Started very young.  Had two bad transplants (plugs) in the 80's which had removed  surgical, which left some scaring on the left and right front sides (temple area).  (I have pictures posted.  Search on my name.)  As hair...

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My hair loss story....where do I start? I started to notice a receding hairline when I was around the age of 21. Around this time I started to grow my hair out a little and noticed I had a curl to my hair. I liked the curly look and it was alot...

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Onset: I started noticing large amounts of shed hair in my towel after showering at age 14.  Yes, 14.  My locks barely survived through my Bar Mitzvah.

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I am a women who had hair loss in the front and sides and was referred to Dr. Bernstein for a hair transplant. My results are wonderful!

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Hair Transplant Patient Experiences Posted on our Hair Restoration Forum

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Dr. Bernstein patient "rwj22" shares his FUE hair transplant results using the ARTAS robot.

Hair Transplant Videos: Patient Results and Education

Can Grafts Fall Out After A Hair Transplant?

While hair transplant grafts can fall out within the first few days after a hair transplant, this is extremely rare. More often, patients will mistake the hair that normally falls out after a transplant for the graft itself. This is because the hair has a little bulb at the bottom of it, but that's not the follicle; it's just the root sheath, so it is nothing to be concerned about.

How Is Robotic FUE Different At Bernstein Medical?

Robotic FUE at Bernstein Medical is distinguished in that we produce high quality grafts, faster healing times, and better cosmetic results.

How Young Is Too Young To Have A Hair Transplant?

At Bernstein Medical we generally do not perform hair transplants in patients younger than 25 because it is too difficult to determine if their donor area is stable.

How is the ARTAS Robot Used During a Hair Transplant Procedure?

The follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure consists of four steps: 1) separation of follicular units from the surrounding tissue, 2) removal of follicular units from the scalp, 3) creation of recipient sites, and 4) placement of follicular units into these recipient sites. The first step is performed by the ARTAS System -- the part of the FUE hair transplant which requires the greatest precision and that is most subject to human error.

FUT Hair Transplant Procedure Part 2: Strip Harvesting

In Part 2 of our two-video series on FUT, Dr. Bernstein walks us through preparing the hair transplant patient’s donor area before harvesting the donor strip. The donor area is shaved and injections of anesthetic are administered. Dr. Bernstein then incises the donor area so he can remove the thin strip of skin containing the follicular units that form the basis of the hair transplant procedure. After removal, the strip is placed into a dish containing Ringer’s Lactate at room temperature before going to the dissecting table. From there, we see the painstaking process of dissecting out the individual follicular unit grafts for later placement into balding areas of the scalp. Dissected grafts are held in a special chilled biologic solution to maximize graft survival.

FUT Hair Transplant Procedure Part 1: Consultation

In Part 1 of our two-video series on Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Dr. Bernstein is seen in consultation with a patient in preparation of his hair transplant procedure. In FUT, follicular unit grafts are harvested from the back and sides of the scalp through a long, thin donor strip. Dr. Bernstein reviews with the patient the target number of grafts to be harvested and how he arrived at that number. Next, he goes over the aesthetic plan for the transplant and how the patient will be able to groom his hair when the transplant has matured. Sedatives are administered and the patient’s vital signs and blood oxygen are recorded.

Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure Part 3: Graft Harvesting

In Part 3 of our three-video series on FUE hair transplants, Dr. Bernstein narrates as he and his team of assistants prepares the patient for graft harvesting by the ARTAS Robot for FUE. This includes positioning an apparatus called a tensioner on the donor area, administering tumescent fluid to the dermis, programming the robot for the specific procedure and aligning the robotic arm over the donor area.

As the robotic extraction commences, Dr. Bernstein discusses the reason why the robot is tasked with extracting only 2-, 3- and 4-hair follicular units while avoiding the smallest 1-hair grouping. He also discusses the robot’s 2-step extraction procedure in which a 0.9mm sharp punch is used to score the skin and that is followed immediately by a 1.1-mm rotating blunt punch to dissect the deeper portion of the grafts from the surrounding skin.

Watch as Dr. Bernstein describes the actions of the robot as it uses its specially designed image-guided sensors to select the next graft, position itself to follow the angle of the hair, then use the 2-step technique to dissect out the follicular units.

After the robot performs the extraction, Dr. Bernstein’s team uses special forceps to remove the follicular units from the scalp and place them first in Ringer’s Lactate and then in chilled HyperThermosol-ATP a medium designed to prolong the life of the grafts after they have been removed from the scalp.


Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure Part 2b: Robotic Recipient Site Creation

Dr. Robert M. Bernstein and the team at Restoration Robotics, Inc., have used the Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration facility, in New York City, to demonstrate a test of the new recipient site creation capability of the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System.

At the 2nd ARTAS User Group Meeting in February 2014, Dr. Bernstein introduced hardware and software technology by which the ARTAS Robotic System can create recipient sites in an FUE hair transplant. The addition of the recipient site creation capability to the robot, which until now was used solely to extract follicular units, brings the system closer to performing all critical aspects of a hair transplant procedure.

In using the updated ARTAS robot, the doctor takes photographs of the patient which are fed into the robot’s computer system. The ARTAS™ Hair Studio converts the photos into a 3-D model of the patient. This model can be manipulated and saved for use in the patient’s procedure. The physician then designs the recipient site incisions in order to create the most natural looking hair transplant. During the procedure, the robot uses its guidance technology to avoid existing hairs while creating up to 1,500 recipient sites per hour. The automation of recipient site creation improves a procedure that, with manual tools, can be physically demanding and prone to human error.

The final step of a robotic hair transplant will be the automated insertion of follicular units into recipient sites created by the ARTAS. This step is likely 2 or more years away from use in a hair restoration clinic.

Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure Part 2a: Manual Recipient Site Creation

In Part 2 of our three-video series on FUE hair transplantation, Dr. Bernstein describes the recipient site creation process in detail. He explains why, in FUE procedures, the recipient sites are created before the follicular unit grafts are extracted from the donor area. “Pre-making” recipient sites is a key improvement to the FUE procedure that Dr. Bernstein was the first to describe in medical literature. It is beneficial in several ways, the most important of which include reducing the overall time grafts are out of the body and creating a “fertile bed” for the follicular unit grafts. Both of these processes contribute to increased graft survival.

Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure Part 1: Donor Area Preparation

In Part 1 of our three-video series on Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) at Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, Dr. Bernstein walks us through the preparation of the patient’s donor area for an FUE hair transplant. This includes shaving the hair in the donor area to 1-mm in length and administering anesthetic for the robotic hair transplant procedure.

Study: Graft Anchoring in Hair Transplant Surgery

This study determined exactly how long it takes after a hair transplant for the grafts to be securely anchored in the recipient area, so that they cannot be dislodged. This information is important in guiding the patient's post-op care after a hair restoration procedure. The study also showed that preventing the formation of crusts following a hair transplant would shorten the time patients are at risk of dislodging grafts. It would also allow them to return to their normal hair care routines more rapidly.

Diffuse Patterned & Unpatterned Hair Loss Treatment

Both diffuse patterned (DPA) & unpatterned (DUPA) hair loss can be treated with medication, but only DPA can be corrected with surgical hair restoration.

What Is The Recovery Time After A Robotic FUE Hair Transplant?

Dr. Wolfeld answers the following question: What is the recovery time before resuming normal activities after robotic FUE hair transplant?

Can the ARTAS Robot Create Recipient Sites to Make a Hair Transplant Look Natural?

People often ask if the ARTAS hair transplant system can create recipient sites in such a way as to result in a natural-appearing hair transplant. Dr. Wolfeld responds.

For a Second Hair Transplant, Do You Recommed FUT or FUE?

Dr. Wolfeld of Bernstein Medical - Center for Hair Restoration answers a common question on which type of hair transplant procedure — FUT (strip harvesting) or FUE (follicular unit extraction) — is recommended for a second surgical procedure.

Robotic FUE Advantages Over Manual FUE Procedures?

Advantages of Robotic FUE hair transplant using the ARTAS® System over traditional manual FUE hair transplant techniques.

How Do You Determine Who Is A Candidate For A Hair Transplant?

How do you determine if you are a candidate for a hair transplant? Dr. Robert M. Bernstein answers in this video

Evolution of FUE Instrumentation: From Hand-held Punch to Robotic Extraction

Instruments used in FUE hair transplant procedures have evolved from the hand held punch tool to robotic-assisted follicular extraction (Robotic FUE). 

Surgical instruments for follicular unit extraction (the harvesting of follicular units in a hair transplant) began with the use of a simple hand-held punch. New hand-held tools were developed to improve the FUE process, these included a motorized two-step extraction instrument. However, because hand-held devices required consistent precision by the doctor to avoid damaging grafts they were difficult to use. The ARTAS System, a robotic hair transplant system, overcomes these difficulties by using its image-guided computer-driven system to extract grafts with precision and consistency. The result with the robotic system is a more efficient follicular unit extraction procedure.

How Does the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System Locate and Dissect Follicular Units?

Dr. Bernstein describes how Robotic FUE hair transplant procedures require a device called a tensioner to help the robot locate and extract follicular units from the scalp.

Specifically, in doing a robotic hair transplant, we use an instrument called a tensioner, a small window like device, to stretch the skin of the scalp; we place it on the scalp and then we expand it. The expansion puts traction on the skin to hold it firmly in place.

This tensioner also has little tiny dots around the edges that are coded for the robot to visualize. The robot scans the edges of the tensioner and incorporates it into the software.

The robot then uses a 3D optical system to visualize the follicular units; it then aligns the cutting part of the robot with the angle of the hair follicles, and it makes a small incision around the hair follicle.

Hair Plugs And Hair Transplant Repair At Bernstein Medical

Hair plug procedures, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, often resulted in an unsightly "pluggy" or "dolls head" look. In the past we tried to work around the plugs with fine grafts in order to camouflage them, but this proved ineffective. At Bernstein Medical, we now find it best to totally remove the old plugs, put them under a microscope, dissect them into smaller follicular units and then re-implant them. This process is called Combined Hair Transplant Repair. In this way, many of the cosmetic defects created by hair plug procedures can be partially or completely reversed.


CBS-2: Dr. Robert Bernstein and the ARTAS System

CBS's story on the ARTAS System, featuring the practice of Dr. Robert Bernstein, Bernstein Medical - Center for Hair Restoration, one of the first adopters of the ARTAS System.


African American Female Hair Transplant Patient on the Early Show

African American female with alopecia areata undergoes hair transplant surgery on Dr. Robert Bernstein and is featured on Fox News

Non-Caucasion | Class: 2 | FUT/Strip | Transplant

Female Hair Transplant Patient Treated at Bernstein Medical on Fox News

Dr. Robert M. Bernstein treats a woman with a bald spot after surgery removed skin cancer from her scalp. "Dr. Bernstein was the first person who looked into my eyes and said 'I can do this!'" - Tricia Cranston, Hair Transplant Patient.

Caucasion | FUT/Strip | Transplant

Hair Loss Help from Dr. Bernstein on Fox and Friends

Dr. Bernstein discusses today's hair loss treatments and state of the art hair restoration surgery on Fox News.

Hair Loss Patient Meets With Dr. Bernstein on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Hair Loss Patient Meets With Dr. Bernstein on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Dr. Robert Bernstein analyzes his donor area (the area on the sides and back of the scalp) to determine if he's losing hair all over, or only on top of the scalp. This will help him determine whether or not the patient's hair loss is genetic or potentially caused by some other non-genetic contributor. View this video for more information.

Hair Transplant Patient Education and Consults

View hair transplant video interviews featuring interviews with leading hair transplant surgeons by clicking on a title that interests you below.

Today's Medical Hair Loss Treatments

In this hair transplant video interview, Coalition hair restoration physician Dr. Bob Bernstein discusses the advantages of today's non-surgical hair loss treatments including Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) in combination with hair transplantation.

How to Select a Quality Hair Transplant Doctor

In this hair transplant video interview, Coalition hair restoration physician Dr. Bob Bernstein provides tips to balding men and women suffering from hair loss in selecting a quality hair transplant surgeon.

Designing the Perfect Hair Transplant

In this hair transplant video interview, Coalition hair restoration physician Dr. Bob Bernstein discusses how to design the perfect hair transplant with a skilled clinical team and state of the art hair replacement techniques.

How Hair Restoration Can Restore a Person's Self Esteem

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses how restoring a person's hair can improve their self esteem and change their lives.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that unfortunately in our society, hair is very important. I think that you can really change people's lives. The thing with this field is that it's a very small field and it's essentially in its infancy. Things have already dramatically changed. I think as individual practioners we're really able to actually move the field in the direction we want, where a lot of the fields in medicine has been very well established. I think in hair restoration, the innovations have really changed the nature of what we can do. The patients are really happy and I think that people really use hair to judge their self esteem and it's just so much a part of how they look and feel. I think we're really improving people's lives."

How to Treat Patients with Hair Loss

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses how he treats patients with hair loss as patients, not just as surgical candidates for hair transplantation.

Below is a transcript of the hair restoration video for your reference.

"I think the most important thing in my practice is that we don't view people as coming in for hair transplants. We view them coming in as having a hair loss problem or self image problem. First of all, we try to understand exactly what bothers them. And then the next thing is to try to find out what the best solution is. Sometimes people just need a little hand holding. Many people come in having very early hair loss and need medical therapy. Many times women come in and they don't have androgenetic alopecia. They either have hair loss from thyroid disease or some other condition. So it's really important to evaluate the person very thoroughly first and make sure that those people who are eventually going to have surgery have considered other options and are really appropriate candidates for surgery. We look at evaluating people as having hair loss, not as being candidates for hair restoration surgery."

Treatments and Procedures Dr. Bernstein Provides His Patients

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the services he provides his patients including surgical hair restoration techniques such as follicular unit hair transplantation via strip and follicular unit extraction (FUE), medical hair loss treatments, etc.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"Our main focus is follicular unit hair transplantation and that's really an all encompassing procedure. It involves strip harvesting which is the main stay. We do follicular unit extraction (FUE) where we don't use the donor strip, we use in select patients. We do a lot of repair work in our practice. Many of the old procedures such as hair plugs can be improved and we do a lot of the fine asthetic work and we do eyebrow restoration. So we really offer the whole gamet of things and of course we also, many of our patients are on medical therapy and actually don't need hair transplantation."

Advantages of Researching Hair Transplantation on the Internet

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the advantages and disadvantages of researching hair transplantation on the internet.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that the internet has helped a great deal because it allows people to get information from other patients. And I think sites such as the Hair Transplant Network are great because it's really a destination point for people that have hair loss and it allows people in one site to be exposed to a lot of different doctors, a lot of different ideas, hear a lot of patient's complaints, praises and it's really just open. The internet can be bad because in some ways, what they hear are not always in peer reviewed journals but on the other hand, they hear real people speaking. There's so much information that it's hard for people to kind of manage it, it kind of just happens itself and it's really just the way it is. But I think it's a good way for people to get a lot of information really, really quickly."

How Dr. Bernstein Changed an 8 Year Old Girl's Life with Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr. Robert Bernstein shares a story of how he helped give an 8 year old girl her life back by performing hair transplant surgery on the bald area of her scalp after a benign brain tumor was removed.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that one of the recent patients that really comes to mind is that we had an 8 year old girl who had a benign brain tumor who had an operation. Although the surgery was successful, it left some geometric scars on the side of her head. She started the second grade and she was OK, but people started to tease her and she started to become self conscious. We were able to do a couple of hair transplants to make this whole bald area go away. And it totally changed her personality, her grades came up. I think also it got rid of her memory of the surgery. While she had the bald area, she always remembered having the tumor and afterwards, it was totally gone."

Why Dr. Bernstein Provides In-Depth In-Person Consultations

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the importance of a thorough in-person consultation to determine what the hair loss patient's needs are and working with them to get their expectations in line with what Dr. Bernstein can accomplish for them.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"My staff sometimes teases me because my opening question is always 'What's up?' And I think it's very important because very often we're very surprised what people come into the office for. And I think what we think might be bothering a person might be totally different from what's actually bothering them. I think an open ended question initially really gets a sense what's in the patient's mind. Because that's what we're trying to help. Then the next thing that's important is to do a very thorough evaluation and that comes with a very extensive history. And then a very detailed examination. In our office, we measure density, scalp laxity, the hair counts, miniaturization so we really try to get a sense of what the hair reserves are. And then to find out exactly what their needs are and to put the two together. You have to make sure what they actually want is what we can actually do. And in many cases, they're very different at least initially. And then part of the consultation is to try to have them come together and try to get their expectations to match what we can actually do for them."

Why Patients Choose Dr. Bernstein for Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses why hair loss suffering men and women choose him and his hair transplant clinic for their surgical hair restoration procedure.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that the main thing is that patients when they come to our facility see me, and I see them in the consult, I'm very accessible after the consultation. Sometimes people have multiple consults before they come to see us. And I'm involved in the entire procedure so I'm involved with the patient from start to finish and the follow-up. Our staff has really been with us since the inception of follicular unit hair transplantation. They live and breathe this procedure. So we have expertise in microscopic dissection and placing and all the components that make for a really fantastic hair transplant procedure."

Obtaining Excellent Results and Reversing Bad Hair Transplants

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the difference today's surgical hair transplant techniques make in patient's lives, especially reversing those with bad hair transplants.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplantation video for your reference.

"I think that people, especially when they're entering the work force, especially if people are in sales, feel insecure. We had a person who was selling cars and he was 30 years old, had early frontal hair loss and totally felt that it handicapped him at work. Although I don't think it made much of a difference, to him it was a big deal. So he came back one year after the hair transplant and said that sales have picked up, he's more confident. Many of the people that feel they've had the biggest change are those who've had transplants previously with the old techniques. We're able to take the old procedures where people had hair plugs pointig in the wrong direction and actually change it. And people who would walk around with hairpieces or baseball caps for years were finally able to be free of that. And then technology is only evolving over the last several years and we're finally able to reverse a bad hair transplant".

How Patients Revolutionized Today's Hair Transplants

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the evolution of hair transplantation including how patients revolutionized the hair transplant profession by demanding today's follicular unit hair transplant procedure. Doctors only took note of this procedure once a select few physicians, including Dr. Bob Bernstein was regularly performing it and started chatting about it on the internet.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that it's interesting because when we gave the first presentations in the society, the ISHRS, nobody was doing the procedure and people thought we were crazy. It wasn't until patients started to chat about the procedure on the internet that doctors really started taking notice. You needed microscopes, you needed a huge team and people just didn't want to do it. It wasn't until there was a popular demand for the procedure that doctors started taking notice. And it wasn't until about 1999 or 2000 that even the society was really even talking about it at meetings. They were still talking about different ways to make slit grafts and scalp reductions and all of the sudden around 2000, things started to turn around where the meeting now is almost entirely follicular units. So it's really been an incredible change. It's been exponential. It started very slowly the first couple of years."

Easy Communication with Doctors Through the Internet

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the advantages of the internet for hair loss sufferers and his hair transplant clinic such as providing an easy way for both parties to communicate their hair restoration needs, goals and expectation.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplantation video for your reference.

"What's really great about the internet is that we have an international practice and we're able to literally correspond with people all over the world. And although it's not ideal for the final evaluation before surgery, but having preliminary correspondence of what we do has been really great. We've been able to answer some difficult patients who've sent us photos from around the world with complicated cases and we're able to handle that. it's a really quick way to make simple communications with patients although it certainly doesn't replace the one on one interaction between the hair transplant doctor and the patient".

Today's Natural and Dense Hair Transplants

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the benefits of today's dense and natural looking hair transplants in comparison to old hair plugs.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that the main thing that's happened over the last decade is that hair transplants can be totally natural and they should be. Patients should expect uniformly that their hair transplants are going to be undetectable, their hairlines are going to be soft and it should merge within your existing hair. The issue of limited donor supply is still with us. Thus, the expectation of having a full head of hair is not always possible in everybody. But I think naturalness should be a given at this point."

How Dr. Bernstein Became a Hair Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses his medical background and how he became a hair restoration physician.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I did my dermatology residency at Albert Einstein and when I was chief resident, I did a bunch of hair transplants. I had some of the patients after I graduated, come to my place because we hadn't seen some of the results. I was actually stunned when I saw the results, we were using the old hair plugs and this was in the 80s. I swore I would never do another hair transplant. Then I joined this staff in Columbia and for years I really saw a lot of people getting really bad results with hair transplants. Then in 1994, I went to the Toronto hair meeting and I heard that things had started to change. Bill Rassman was doing these large sessions with micro-grafts and I was really shocked because I thought the results were so good. So I met him after the meeting and he invited me out to his clinic in California and I was just really blown away. And then I had this idea of using follicular units..."

From Hair Plugs to Advanced Hair Transplantation

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the history and evolution of hair transplantation to today's state of the art hair restoration procedures.

Below is a transcript of the hair restoration video for your reference.

"It was surprising to me when I saw hair transplantation being performed. People were really looking past the fact that hair grew in these naturally occurring groups. People treated the donor strip as this kind of massive hair. And it seems so obvious now, but 10 or 11 years ago, nobody was considering to use these tiny little groups of naturally occurring hair. And we started doing the procedure this way and it was obviously much better. The grafts were very small, they had a much higher hair content and they were able, much more importantly be able to fit into very small recipient sites. And that's a very significant thing because when the sites are small, you can use thousands of them without injuring the scalp. That really moved the hair transplantation from these multiple small procedures to these large sessions where someone's hair restoration can be finished in one or two sessions..."

The Proper Diagnosis and Researching Hair Transplantation

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the importance of hair loss sufferers undergoing a proper diagnosis and researching all of their options before undergoing hair transplantation.

Below is a transcript of the hair restoration video for your reference.

"Well I think the first thing is not to panic. Just take a deep breath, this is not an emergency. The field is a very complicated one so you should take your time to gather information. Certainly with the internet, there's tons of information readily available. The next thing you should do is to go to a physician that does hair transplantation and hopefully has some dermatological background so you can get a good evaluation. And make sure you actually have genetic hair loss or whatever the problem that it is, make sure the diagnosis is the proper one."

Before and After Hair Transplant Comparisons

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses what he likes most about performing hair transplant surgery, especially the before and after differences when patients return after their results grow in.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think it's really fun when patients come back to the office and we don't even recognize them. And usually the staff member that's at the front desk will come back and say so and so came back and we didn't even know it was him when he walked in. What's really nice is to have the patient sit down and show them the old photos. People very often forget what they look like and they're shocked when they see the before hair transplant pictures. And I think sitting down with them and seeing the before pictures and even sometimes, the whole chronology is really amazing for them. It's just really nice when people come back to the office smiling. It's really a great feeling."

The Ongoing Evolution of Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the ongoing evolution of hair transplantation and what hair transplantation can accomplish today.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think initially, it was a battle, should I do it or not. Once people started to catch on then it was really sort of a paradigm shift. People weren't fighting the procedure anymore, they were thinking how they could do it better. Then you had the really good minds of the people in the field putting their energies towards improving the technique. Over the last 11 years, the major things have been the recipient sites getting much smaller and the microscopic dissection getting much better. Because the sites are smaller, the graft numbers are getting much bigger. I think that also, in the old days, the procedure took so long that many people never got to see their long term results. I think now that the procedures are done in 1 or 2 sessions, the time from their procedure to seeing the final result has been compressed..."

Selecting a Quality Hair Transplant Clinic

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the importance of selecting a quality hair transplant surgeon.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that patients usually come to see the doctor rather than the clinic. I've been involved in the pioneering in follicular unit hair transplantation. I'm a professor at Columbia so I have a very good background in dermatology. So I don't view people as just hair transplant candidates but people with hair loss. Our staff and myself are committed in treating this one real condition and we focus all of our energies on this."

Articles Published on our Hair Loss Q&A website.

Dr. Robert M. Bernstein Presents Advanced Robotic Hair Transplant Techniques


Dr. Robert Bernstein, world renown hair transplant surgeon and esteemed member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, recently presented advanced robotic hair transplant techniques at the 2017 ARTAS Users Meeting.

When Is It safe to Scrub Hair after Hair Transplant Surgery?


We found that at ten days post-op grafts were no longer at risk of being dislodged.

ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration System Comes One Step Closer to Fully Automating Hair Transplants


Will the hair transplant of the future be performed by a robot? Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein of New York recently introduced new advances to the ARTAS Robotic System that bring fully automated surgical hair restoration one step closer to reality.

Do Hair Restoration Surgeons Consider Hairstyle When Designing a Hair Transplant?


Great question! On a first hair transplant procedure, I generally place the sites/grafts symmetrically, even if a patient combs his hair to one side.

Dr. Robert Bernstein Explains Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplantation (R-FUE)


One of the most important new advances in hair transplantation is Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction (R-FUE). I have been using the new ARTAS Robot, manufactured by Restoration Robotics, for almost a year now.

Coalition Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein Discusses the Efficacy and Safety of Finasteride


In Part 2 of a 3 part series of highlights from the annual 2012 ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) scientific meeting in the Bahamas, Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein provides his expert insight on the efficacy and safety of Propecia (finasteride).

Coalition Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein Discusses Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)


For readers that are not familiar with it, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a permanent cosmetic tattoo that mimics the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp.

Coalition Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein Discusses the ARTAS FUE System


I began performing FUE in the late 1990’s, although, at the time, it was a very small part of my practice. When Dr. Rassman and I wrote the first paper on Follicular Unit Extraction in 2002 (the paper which gave FUE its name), we stressed the difficulty of harvesting intact follicular units using a hand-held punch.

Dr. Bernstein Discusses the Advancement of Hair Transplants from Plugs to Follicular Untis


Dr. Robert Bernstein of New York, New York, discusses the history and evolution of hair transplantation to today’s state of the art hair restoration procedures.

Dr. Robert Bernstein Discusses “10 Things You Need to Know About Hair Loss” With CBS News


During this interview, Dr. Bernstein discusses and debunks some of the common misconceptions regarding genetic baldness and also offers some relevant advice for men and women currently suffering from thinning hair.

Today’s Hair Transplant Surgery Goes Public on the Oprah Winfrey Show


Late in 2008, there was a major breakthrough for educating the public on the advanced techniques in hair restoration. On October 7 th, 2008 at 4:00pm EST on ABC, Coalition member Dr. Robert Bernstein, discussed today’s ultra refined follicular unit hair transplantation on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Not only is Dr. Bernstein a recognized leader in the hair transplant industry by his peers, he has long received online accolades by his patients on our hair loss forum for producing excellent results...

Coalition Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Bernstein on the Howard Stern Show


Recently, Dr. Bernstein was interviewed on the Howard Stern Show for a Howard 100 News Brief to discuss how today’s ultra refined follicular unit hair transplant techniques differ from the old hair plugs...


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