Dear Dr. Rassman,
I’ve asked you this question before but had not received an answer. I recently read about a so-called new “trigrowthic” suturing technique that promises to leave no visible scarring post strip op. Have you looked into this procedure before and is it to be believed? Thanks.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.”
–From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
The use of trichophytic closures have been around for years — in fact, that closure has been used in plastic surgery for more than two decades. The hair industry adopted it recently as a standard of wound closure. You could change its name and correctly say that you invented that name, but it would be improper to say that you invented the procedure. The doctors you have referenced here are recycling techniques under a new, original name and as such, if they are claiming inventiveness, then they might be deemed dishonest.
There is NO such technique that can provide results with no visible scarring. ALL cuts on the skin will leave a scar and the scarring is unique to individual patients. Some patients have minimal scarring, while others have more scarring — it is dependent on their genetic makeup, which no one can tell with just a physical examination. Some of our patients heal well and have very minimal scarring that is hard to detect with a regular hair style, but even these patients will have a visible scar if they shave their head bald.
We routinely use a trichophytic closure which I assume is similar to what you have read. For more information about the trichophytic closure, please see: