Carrie Rengers

Hair By Robotics opens at Galichia Medical Group

Wichita cardiologist Joseph Galichia has agreed to pay $5.8 million to resolve allegations that he and his medical group improperly billed for medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures.
Wichita cardiologist Joseph Galichia has agreed to pay $5.8 million to resolve allegations that he and his medical group improperly billed for medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. Courtesy photo

What started as an investment for a couple of physicians is now a new service at Galichia Medical Group.

Physicians Joseph Galichia and Dennis Ross and some others invested in a robotics company that helps balding men grow hair.

“As we learned more about it, we thought, gosh, that looks like something a lot of people need,” Galichia says.

He says about 70 percent of men experience some level of hair loss in their lifetimes.

“To our surprise, a lot of young men … are balding, and they’re worried about it. They’re self conscious about it,” Galichia says. “The need seemed to be there, and the technology has improved immensely.”

So they’ve started Hair By Robotics at the center, which is at 2600 N. Woodlawn.

In the treatment, a technician uses 3-D imaging to identify the area of a patient’s head that has strong hair growth. Almost everyone has some, Galichia says.

In a subsequent appointment, the technician harvests hair from the donor site, which has to be cropped short.

The technician punctures balding areas and implants follicles one at a time.

“These small puncture sites really heal up very quickly,” Galichia says.

He says “what’s really cool about this” is the patient can choose the way he wants his hair styled.

For now, only Caucasian men are eligible for the service. It will soon be available for other men with different hair types and women, too.

Galichia says 40 percent of women will have hair loss at some point as well.

Physician Sylvia Do will oversee Hair By Robotics.

“It’s just an add on,” Galichia says of the services the center offers. “We do a lot of different things here.”

Previously, hair transplants have required surgery, he says.

“This eliminates the need for that surgical procedure.”

Galichia and Ross plan to open a second Hair By Robotics in Overland Park in a month and another one in Lincoln, Neb., immediately after that.

“We’re finding a lot of interest in this procedure,” Galichia says. “It’s basically a revolution in hair transplantation.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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