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Bernstein Medical, P.C.

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 Extraction)
    Hair Transplant Repair
    Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
    Eyebrow Transplant
    Medical Hair Loss Treatment

About

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Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., F.A.A.D. Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University, Performing Ultra-Refined Follicular Unit Transplantation in New York, NY.

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 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).

Education

Dr. Bernstein graduated with honors from Tulane University achieving the status of Tulane Scholar. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 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 restoration website

Patient Result

Patient Result

Hair Loss Photos and Results

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Session : 2

Grafts : 4152

Hair Loss Class: 5

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 1

Grafts : 2194

Hair Loss Class: 3A

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 1

Hair Loss Class: 4A

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 1

Grafts : 1411

Hair Loss Class: 3

Procedure Type: FUE

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Session : 1

Grafts : 1886

Hair Loss Class: 5

Procedure Type: FUE

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Session : 1

Grafts : 1429

Hair Loss Class: 2

Procedure Type: FUE

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Session : 1

Grafts : 1930

Hair Loss Class: 4A

Procedure Type: FUE

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Session : 1

Grafts : 1524

Hair Loss Class: 3

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 1

Grafts : 2608

Hair Loss Class: 2

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 3

Grafts : 2833

Hair Loss Class: 6

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 2

Grafts : 3550

Hair Loss Class: 6

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Session : 1

Grafts : 2941

Hair Loss Class: 6

Procedure Type: FUT/Strip

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Patient Website

Patient Website

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

Nevertobethatbaldguy

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 ...

This are the photos that my brother took right before I had the procedure

WilliamB

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 ...

Yogi

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.

Day after

new2thissite

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 ...

Before picture

NewKid

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 ...

OrioleFan

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.

Progression: The hair loss became ...

Coco

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!

Patient Experience

Patient Experience

Hair Loss Patient Experiences Posted on our Hair Restoration Forum

7/30/2015.

Default Artas FUE Dr Bernstein

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8/7/2008.

"Vtech" shares his positive experience with Dr. Bernstein

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3/24/2008.

Patient Receives 2135 Ultra Refined Grafts

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10/28/2007.

Patient receives hair transplant repair from Dr. Bernstein of old style hair translplant

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10/5/2005.

Celebrity hair transplants

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10/5/2005.

Had hair transplant two weeks ago

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10/5/2005.

*3.5 Month Update* Photos of 2,002 FUT by Dr. Bernstein

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10/5/2005.

Surgical visit to Bernstein Medical, P.C. in NYC area

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Video Interview

Video Interview

In Person Hair Restoration Video Interviews

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 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.

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Articles

Articles

Hair Loss Articles Published on our Hair Loss Q&A website.

3/21/2017

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

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6/3/2016

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

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3/10/2014

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

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1/21/2014

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

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12/9/2012

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

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12/8/2012

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

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12/5/2012

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

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8/20/2012

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

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5/24/2011

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

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2/22/2011

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

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4/5/2010

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

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4/5/2010

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

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Patient Videos

Patient Videos

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.

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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.

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