Hair Transplant Blog Featuring John P. Cole, MD

The Cole hair transplant group now offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to his patients. Platelet rich plasma, (PRP) is derived from the patient’s own blood and is rich in growth factors. Because it is derived from the blood, it is termed autologous and is safe. It is a cell based therapy using the patients own growth factors. The growth factors are concentrated however. The concentration of platelets is increased often over 5 times their natural concentration. This results in a super concentration of beneficial growth factors. The benefits of this therapy have been understood for years in many disciplines of medicine, but only recently have they been applied to hair restoration surgery and hair restoration in general. There are numerous reports that PRP promotes faster healing, but it is still to early to say that it increases hair coverage or a higher yield of graft growth.
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I am appealing to any experienced FUT professional (doctor or patient) for a favor. I did my surgery on last week and I cannot tell if my doctor (who is highly reputable) did as many grafts as he said. Could you kindly look at the attached photo and give me your opinion as to how many incisions/grafts this appears to you (we focused just on the frontal area)?

Many thanks to any one who gives me some guidance.

If you really want to improve your capacity to know exactly how many recipient sites were made, you should insist that your physician use the Counting Incision Device from Device For Hair. You can see this at Counting Incision Device (C-ID) . This device will cost your physician only 22.00 to use and he can give it to you at the end of the case. This device allows you to know precisely the number of incision sites filled with grafts and it is the only way you can know for certain how many incision sites were made. Of course, if you have a site that is not filled with a graft, then you should not be charged for the graft.accurate graft count by hair transplant doctors during surgery

We have found that most physicians are not willing to spend the extra 22.00 to be accurate with their incision site count. While the Physician is making thousands of dollars on your procedure, he appears to be less concerned with accuracy and more concerned with the extra expense. Therefore, you might want to purchase one for your physician and insist that he use it and then give it to you at the end of the case. This way you can be certain what was done.

Don’t rely on the surgery staff to count your grafts or your incision sites. They have no real interest in being accurate and they are often more concerned with what they are going to have for dinner than an accurate graft count. Try sitting at a counter and cutting grafts day in and day out. It becomes routine and monotonous. Over time, the surgery tech’s mind begins to wander and they next thing you know, they have lost count.
Insist that your physician use the Counting Incision Device (CID) so that you can be certain what the exact graft count is.

One important point to consider with the CID is that it is disposable. There is no way to properly sterilize it once it has been used. Insist that the physician use a new one on you and not one that he used on someone else the day before. It really is up to you to insure that you get what you pay for and that your physician use properly sterilized single use CID instruments on your case.

Getting back on the subject of your grafts, there is some elongation noted and many of the hairs appear to be falling over to the side suggestive that they are about to be expelled from the skin and lost in your shower drain. This would not happen one day after a procedure.

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Our latest study on body hair transplant involved a bald crown and a small number of grafts from the back, chest, and beard.  We transplanted 137 grafts from the back and 65 were growing at one year for a yield of (47%).  We transplanted 28 from the chest and 24 were growing at one year for a yield of (86%).  Finally, we transplanted 24 from the beard and 15 were growing at one year for a yield of (63%). The cosmetically most significant growth was with beard hair.  The patient was trimming all the body hair grafts to equal the length of hair in other regions.  This study confirms previous studies where we noted that different regions of body hair seem to grow at a higher yield than other regions when transplanted to the same individual in the same region of the balding crown.  The before photos and after photos are depicted in the following photographs.

Body hair study, before and after photo

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Body hair sometimes produces a very significant result, but often times the result is subtle. All individuals should keep this in mind when considering body hair transplants.  We continue to recommend head hair first over body hair whenever possible.