April 30 2015, 7:12 am PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
If and when Piloscopy becomes a thing, will you adopt it too?
I’m asking this because you are a very skillful surgeon and it would be a great thing if big surgeons such as you adopt it..
First, what is Piloscopy. A presentation of an endoscopic approach to follicular unit extraction was presented at the ISHRS conference last October by Wesley. The idea was to use an endoscope to enter the scalp from a 2 cm incision and extract follicular units from below the scalp near the skull side with a 1.2 mm punch under suction. At this point in time, it would compete against a well established FUE procedure which is well understood and used by surgeons world-wide. There is no evidence that his technique (which is mostly theoretical) can work efficiently used, if in fact, at all. There are clearly wounds that would be made at different parts of the scalp which would have to be sutured and these wounds would scar. Anyone who claims a ‘wound-less’ surgery is wrong. If the grafts were taken out from an approach below the scalp, there would be a small wound at every folliclar unit where the connection to the epidermis must be cut to get the follicular unit free of the epidermis. This write-up is based upon my memory of his talk before the hair society in October.