I recently met with a hair transplant doctor from Asia who confided with me that the results from those doctors who use the Choi implanter are generally poor. For reasons unclear to me, it seems that many of the doctors in Asia have not mastered the techniques for manual preparation and the placing of grafts. Many Asian doctors depend upon the Choi implanter to perform the task of implanting the grafts. Because the Choi implanter requires very closely trimmed grafts for the grafts to fit inside the small needles, I would assume that the failures of hair transplants to grow reflect damage produced by very close trimming of the grafts and the longer periods of time that the grafts are kept out of the body. The skinny grafts produced for the Choi implanter can dry out fast and the grafts can die in a matter of 10-20 seconds when they are exposed to the air. I’ve written about Choi failures in the past. Of interest, there are very few North American doctors using the Choi implanter.
Apparently the public’s perception of the quality of results are well known in some of these countries and many patients flee to the United States and Canada for higher quality hair transplant services. Because I need to protect the identity of my informant physician, I will not report even the name of the specific countries he was talking about, but I have heard of this problem at the annual medical meetings from other sources as well. Do your research and keep this information in mind if you’re considering a transplant and always ask to see patients who have had it done.