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The Cole Instruments Blog

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Dr. Cole discusses potential advantages with the Graft Chiller Plate

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:19;
Dr. Cole discusses potential advantages with the Graft Chiller Plate by Cole Instruments, Inc. in this presentation about graft holding solutions. Hypothermic storage reduces metabolism of the cells and can improve the survival rate of hair transplant grafts in some instances. Only the Graft Chiller Plate by Cole Instruments, Inc. can maintain a constant hypothermic temperature over the course of an entire hair transplant procedure. Ice can melt suddenly and result in a rapid rise in temperature. This sudden rise…

Tools to Increase Density in The Recipient Area

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 21:22;
Are there any instruments that allow the physician to increase density in the recipient area? No, there are no specific instruments that allow the physician to improve the yield when higher densities of grafts are placed into the recipient area. Studies have shown that densities above 30 grafts per square millimeter can result in a reduced follicle yield. There are two products we are currently using to help improve the yield of grafts, however. These two products are free radical…

Hairmes Software for Calculating Scalp Surface Area with Hair Restoration

Jean Devroye recently asked Alexandre Duvallet to create a software program to measure the scalp surface area.  The software is useful for measuring the both the donor area and the recipient area. One can also plot the follicular density in a given area using the software. The software has it’s limitations…

How to Choose FUE Punches for Hair Restoration

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Friday, 23 December 2011 01:15;
Not all FUE punches for hair restoration are created equally. Other than the punches Cole Instruments created, FUE punches have a thicker wall and are not as sharp. Cole Instruments created the thinnest wall and sharpest punches on the market.  This is very important to the success of FUE hair transplant surgery. Removal of hair follicles in FUE depends on two forces.  One is the axial force or the inward pressure on the skin. The second is the tangential force…

Recipient Site Preparation

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:53;
There are numerous instruments for creating recipient sites.  These include custom made blades, hollow core needles, solid core needles, sapphire blades, and SP 89 – 91 blades, as well as other less commonly used items. 73BKVGJKR6WH Custom Made Blades: These consist of razor blades cut to a specific size.  We first began using these in 1991 as an alternative to the use of scalpel blades for micro and mini grafts. Of the ensuing years, the number of recipient sites increased…

Dr. Patrick Mwamba Visit Cole Instruments for Evaluation

We were very pleased to host Dr. Patrick Mwamba today at our office in Alpharetta, Ga.  Dr. Mwamba practices hair transplant surgery in Brussels.  He has 12 years of experience in hair transplant surgery.  Dr. Mwamba wanted to evaluate the PCID, the surrounded punches, and the newer battery powered Cole…

Cole Instruments attended the 2011 ISHRS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska

Cole Instruments attended the 2011 ISHRS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska in September. Over 300 ISHRS members registered for this meeting. Physicians enthusiastically purchased the Cole Instrument line of surgical tools. The graft chiller plate and the CIT method of FUE instruments were in high demand. A number of instruments were…

Cole Instruments Demonstration in HDC Clinic, Cyprus

Recently, Dr. Cole visited HDC in Cyprus to allow the staff physicians there to experience the new items available from Cole Instruments.  Dr. Cole originally trained the staff at HDC in both FUE and strip surgery in 2003.  Since this time, HDC has done a wonderful job and produced many…

Return on Investment by using PCID

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:36;
The following charts explains how the PCID machine can actually make money for the hair transplant surgeon just by using it compared to the strip and FUE manual procedure. FUE Procedure - Productivity Comparisons Cost Comparison for 2000 Grafts 2000 Grafts Strip CIT - No Auto CIT - With Auto         Remove Strip and Repair 60 mins None None Dissection of Grafts 5 - 10 hours 5 hours 1 hour Create Receipient Cut Sites 1 hour 1…

A Review of Follicular Unit Extraction - FUE

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Saturday, 21 May 2011 01:16;
In 2008 Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) comprised 10.8% of all hair restoration surgery procedures performed by ISHRS members. 1 Despite its  increasing popularity there is no dominant method utilized to perform FUE.  For the vast majority of physicians, however many questions remain.    How do we approach the donor area ?  How do we harvest the grafts?  With the many instruments on the market(Table 1) what do we choose to harvest the grafts?  What is an acceptable degree of transection?  What…