View Full Version : 2500 CIT on class 4 patient - 29 months post-op results - case GC- No Strip Scars

07-02-2009, 01:18 PM
Below are pre-op and post-op photo comparisons depicting 29 month results of a class 4 potential class 5 patient who desired an overall thicker front via CIT (Cole Isolation Technique), a non-strip hair transplant method. The patient has medium fine, wavy hair and slightly above average donor density of about 200 hairs per square centimeter with 180 hairs/cm2 being about the average. Dr. Coleís treatment plan was to strategically transfer about 2500 CIT grafts to the front in order to minimize shock loss. Shock loss is usually a temporary condition that occurs when pre-existing hair is shed due to trauma from newly transplanted follicles. For many patients, shock loss is catastrophic and can cause significant inconvenience for at least a couple of months after a hair restoration procedure.

We prefer to perform CIT on all patients as it provides them with an average of 2.9 hairs per graft and a transection rate of 0% to 2%. More hair per graft can exponentially benefit patients who have higher degrees of hair loss. The process effectively utilizes scalp donor resources by allowing harvested grafts to be transplanted intact without being fractionated. The procedure affords the physician the ability to selectively choose every donor follicular unit to ensure the best follicles are harvested to successfully complete the restoration procedure. Patients seeking strip should understand that they could be paying multiple times for a significant number of their donor follicular units. The coverage value of each follicular unit affects the end result.

If a photo is worth a thousand words, these photos say it all. Finally, the patientís self-conscience behavior has turned into self-confidence and the new appearance is remarkable. Here is another successfully treated patient who has also avoided the linear scar of strip method.

Mr. 4000
07-06-2009, 10:09 AM
what does something like that cost, and how many grafts can you guys do in one session.

Thanks Doc

07-22-2009, 06:08 PM
The doctor along with our medical assistants can successfully transplant about 2500 CIT grafts in a day. Not having to worry about a strip (FUT) scar is priceless. You could spend several thousands on a procedure, but you may not need as many grafts as you think. On average, the CIT technique actually produces 2.9 hairs per graft. This amount of hair lowers the amount of grafts needed and makes the pricing of CIT more competitive than you think. Basically, itís like paying average strip pricing for CIT (non-strip procedure) or FUE (non-strip procedure). The best aspect of the CIT method is that it doesn't result in a linear scar in the donor area (back of the head) and is extremely efficient in donor harvesting (transection rate of 0% to 2%).

Transection is trauma done to any follicle that permanently disables it from growing hair. Many patients are not aware that techniques & physicians can have averaged transection rates. Some FUE clinics will give patients a calculated transection rate before their procedure and even fewer can provide supporting data. For example, when a physician harvests a strip, the initial incisions made by scalpel make it about 99% impossible for there to be no transection of surrounding follicular units. This transection of precious follicles is not publicly discussed or documented. The transection done by a strip physician's medical assistant(s) is usually not accurately documented at most clinics so the patient's follicles fall subject to the assistants' morals and integrity.