Dear Dr. Rassman,
A few months ago I visited you and you mentioned you were right on the edge of creating an improved tool for Follicular Unit Extraction procedures.
Are we there yet?
There have been recent improvements in technology related to the tool used in the FUE process and I personally believe there is room for even more improvements. There are still some patients who do not make good candidates for FUE and if it is possible to get around whatever the limitations are that we are experiencing with hopefully better instruments. As the instruments improve, then the FUE technique may become more common place. Unfortunately, it is now a limited offering by a very select few physicians who have invested the time and put their skills to the test to become good at it. It is the curse of a perfectionist to always try to improve from the status quo, but clearly as some people are still not candidates for FUE, the present has another surgical option that is already good, reliable and replicable (the Follicular Unit Transplant with strip harvesting). What is needed for FUE is an instrument that works in other than God’s hands, like the mortal surgeon I am, trying 100% of the time to be better.