I was looking over the website of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons. I was using the “Find a Doctor” feature and also looking at the sub-categories of procedures performed.
Am I missing something? Why is there even a sub-category currently listed for doctors who perform “punch graft” procedures? Furthermore, why are doctors even advertising that they perform it?
Isn’t that procedure obsolete? Who would even want it? There has to be a reason that the procedure is listed and that doctors advertise performing it – I would hope. Is the punch graft procedure indicated in any situation? If not, what gives?
The follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure is in a way a mini-punch graft involving just one follicular unit. Instead of using 6mm punches, we use 0.9mm punches.
Unless there is something I am not aware of, the punch grafts are obsolete. I found the list of doctors that are listed as those still performing this archaic method — ISHRS Physicians that perform Punch graft transplantation. I must assume that this is just outdated information on the site and will inform the ISHRS to find out if my assumptions are correct. I sincerely hope I’m right and that no doctors in the ISHRS are currently doing this procedure. Fingers crossed.