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Minneapolis Surgeon Adopts Revolutionary ARTAS System

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MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restoration Robotics, Inc. today announced the first use of its revolutionary ARTAS® System in Minneapolis by Dr. Ron Shapiro of Shapiro Medical Group. The ARTAS System – the first and only FDA cleared physician controlled, computer-assisted technology for harvesting follicular units directly from the scalp – offers hair restoration physicians and patients unprecedented levels of safety, efficacy, and patient comfort.

"I specialize exclusively in hair transplant surgery so it is imperative that I follow innovations in the field. As a surgeon, lecturer and author of medical textbooks, I've been monitoring the development of robotics. The ARTAS System represents a new and exciting addition to my practice, and I'm confident my patients will benefit immensely from the system's advanced, highly sophisticated approach," said Dr. Shapiro.

"I'm pleased to have our ARTAS System now available in Minneapolis, with Dr. Shapiro's adoption," noted Jim McCollum, CEO & President of Restoration Robotics. "Our mission of making minimally invasive hair restoration available everywhere – both in the United States and abroad is continued."

Hair Loss by the Numbers

Over 35 million men are affected by male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) in the United States alone. Approximately two-thirds of American men will experience appreciable hair loss by age 35; by age 50, 85% will see significant loss in hair thickness. Genetic hair loss, which typically begins between late adolescence and before or during middle age, is largely untreatable outside of surgery.

About Ron Shapiro, MD

Ron Shapiro, MD, Medical Director of Shapiro Medical Group, is recognized around the world as a leader in the field of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. He is the co-author of "Hair Transplantation", 4th and 5th Editions, published in 2011 and 2012, respectively. It is the major medical textbook used by physicians learning the art and science of hair transplantation surgery.
The book, The Bald Truth (sold as "The First Complete Guide to Hair Loss"), established SMG's physicians to be among the top 10 in the world performing and specializing in Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. Dr. Shapiro is listed on a number of consumer websites and Internet blogs specializing in hair transplantation as one of the top physicians in his field. There are hundreds of posts by patients in the discussion forums of these websites testifying to the skill of the physicians and the quality of the caring staff at SMG.
Dr. Shapiro is currently on staff at the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Instructor and regularly gives lectures to residents about the procedure he performs. For more information on Dr. Ron Shapiro and Shapiro Medical Group, please visit, www.shapiromedical.com.

About Restoration Robotics

Restoration Robotics, Inc., a privately held medical device company, is dedicated to revolutionizing the field of hair transplantation by developing and commercializing its state-of-the-art image-guided ARTAS® System. This interactive, computer assisted system uses image guided technology to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting for the benefit of physicians and their patients. To learn more about the ARTAS System and its unique technology, visit www.restorationrobotics.com or www.artashair.com.

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Source:Restoration Robotics, Inc.