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What is the "No Touch Technique" in Hair Transplant Surgery?

10/14/2008 12:02:29 PM

Question:

The "no touch technique" is a method popularized by Dr. Kim from Korea and by DHI institute in Greece and promises to be better than the follicular unit exaction technique. What's the deal?

Answer:

The "no touch technique" may sound misleading. But after reading about it I can understand why it has been named that way.

The "No Touch" technique actually refers to follicular units being extracted (much like FUE) and automatically inserted into a cylinder tube like device. The same device that holds the follicular unit without damaging it is then used to insert the graft into recipient sites eliminating the human touch factor hence the name.

The bottom line, this technique and tool are designed to help make the follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (or similar) method easier.

The question is, does it accomplish its goal? Clearly we know that surgeons are producing high quality results without such tools. However, I see nothing wrong with using devices like this as long as they don't hinder the process.

In my opinion, discussing and understanding the various techniques used is highly important. But to evaluate a hair transplant surgeon and clinic, the end result must be considered above all else.

Bill - Associate Publisher

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