hair transplant

If nonsurgical treatments haven't been successful to stop or slow your hair loss, it might be time to consider the next generation of hair transplant FUE (follicular unit extraction) technology


Hair Transplant (ARTAS® iX FUE) in Orange County, CA


Although 70% of men and 50% of women may experience some level of hair loss or balding, losing your hair can still be distressing. If nonsurgical treatments haven't been successful to stop or slow your hair loss, it might be time to consider the next generation of hair transplant FUE (follicular unit extraction) technology – the ARTAS iX robotic hair restoration system.

At Luminary MD, our team offers this cutting-edge hair transplant platform that incorporates 3-D image guidance and AI computer-assisted, provider-controlled robotics to precisely harvest healthy hair from the back of your head and implant it in areas of balding or thinning hair. The procedure is only minimally invasive, meaning that it avoids the linear scarring associated with older methods of hair transplant surgery (FUT).

The results can be dramatic and long-lasting, helping both women and men treat their hair loss to achieve natural-looking thicker, fuller, and healthier hair. If you're seeing thinning hair or already have areas of baldness, contact our Mission Viejo, CA office today to learn more about the ARTAS iX system and schedule a consultation.

Hair Transplant Result After 10 months
Hair Transplant Results After 12 months


A personalized hair transplant treatment with the ARTAS iX platform at Luminary MD can help you achieve the fuller, thicker hair you want with benefits like:

  • Only a minimally invasive procedure
  • Produces consistent, natural-looking, and long-lasting results
  • 3-D imaging and AI-guided follicle placement
  • Easy, comfortable procedure
  • Recovery time is shorter
  • No surgery
Hair Transplant Results after 10 months


You may be a candidate for a hair transplant with ARTAS iX FUE if you've got large patches of baldness or thinning hair. You may have tried nonsurgical techniques like topical medications, shampoos, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or low-level laser therapy. Although these treatments may help slow or protect against hair loss, they might not be able to correct advanced baldness. ARTAS iX FUE hair transplants can be performed on most hair conditions, textures, and colors. In your consultation, we will evaluate your scalp and hair to ascertain whether you have sufficient donor follicles to attain your hair goals.


Your ARTAS iX FUE hair transplant procedure will be performed in our Mission Viejo, CA practice using local anesthesia to numb your scalp, and for most patients, the procedure is not painful or uncomfortable.

During your appointment, we will talk with you about what to expect during your ARTAS iX FUE procedure, such as how long it will take. As soon as you're prepared, we will begin the procedure. While your provider works, you'll be able to relax and listen to music or watch TV.

Your donor follicles will normally come from the back part of your head because this is an area where hair growth remains constant. For medium to large grafts, the sides and back of your scalp might have to be shaved. For smaller cases (less than 1,000 – 1,200 grafts), you may only need to get a small strip of hair shaved that is covered by the hair above it.

The donor hair is removed in follicular units, typically about 1 – 4 hairs. The hair removal process is done robotically, using smart imaging and computer control in a randomized pattern so that the hair near the extracted follicles will grow back and also camouflage the extracted follicles. The transplanted area is going to be created by the smart imaging map based on the angle, depth, orientation, and density of your scalp to give you natural-looking outcomes.


After the procedure, you will be able to go home and resume most normal tasks. Our team will discuss your post-surgical instructions, including how to take care of your hair and when to make follow-up appointments.

You might have some redness or swelling in the donor and transplant sites for a few days. Little scabs around the transplanted follicles can ordinarily be viewed for 7 – 10 days. Several weeks following the procedure, the transplanted follicles will transition to the resting phase of hair development. This normally lasts for 3 – 4 months while the hair falls out. This is normal, and the transplants will move back in the growing phase as new hair appears.

It should take about 12 – 18 months for your final outcome to be visible. Now, your hair should look fuller and thicker. To maintain your results and keep your new hair healthy and full, you can as our team about utilizing nonsurgical treatments, like PRP therapy and topical medications.


Will my hair look natural or fake with an ARTAS iX hair transplant?

One of the most impressive features of the ARTAS iX platform is the 3-D imaging paired with AI-assisted follicle extraction and placement. Because the entire process is pre-mapped and planned using artificial intelligence with random yet targeted patterns, the results can look stunningly natural and never like “plugs.”

Does a hair transplant hurt?

No, most patients don’t find a hair transplant procedure uncomfortable. The entire procedure is only minimally invasive, and before we start, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Patients are also given a pain medication and a medication to relax. After we obtain the grafts, you will watch TV while we implant them to the target areas.

How long is recovery after a hair transplant with ARTAS iX?

Because this is only a minimally invasive procedure and not surgical, recovery for most patients is very quick. Most will be able to return to their normal routine within 1 – 3 days.

Will I have scars?

The advanced FUE (follicle unit extraction) procedure only causes minimal scarring, which is virtually invisible under the hair, unlike older hair transplant procedures which can cause a large linear scar.


While hair loss is very common, it can lead to stress, frustration, and lowered confidence. If you are interested in a long-term hair restoration solution, schedule an appointment with our team at Luminary MD in Mission Viejo, CA, to find out more information on hair restoration with the ARTAS iX FUE robotic system. Let us help you achieve the fuller, thicker, and natural-looking head of hair you want.

Advantages of Robotic Hair Restoration with the Artas iX


"Dr. Chelnis is AWEmazing!  He is an extremely knowledgeable and highly-skilled professional.  He is very personable, courteous and takes his time to address all concerns and answer every single question.  He has First-Class bedside manners and the results of his work are OUTSTANDING!  His entire staff is just as amazing, friendly and accommodating and they go the “extra mile” to ensure your experience is the best one ever — mine was… it was an absolute pleasure!  I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Chelnis!”


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