Hair Transplant Technique

An Open Technique in Hair Transplantation

Hair lossis progressive, meaning that you have a limited supply of hair at the donor area to distribute to the area of baldness. Experienced and qualified hair surgeons are willing to spend more time in harvesting and cutting the grafts to achieve minimal wastage. Those who opt for quick donor harvesting will use blind techniques and that ends up with significant follicular damage, up to 37% transection rate has been reported in medical literature. The damaged hair follicles usually have lower growth rate and, even if they do grow, they are deformed and miniaturized hair.

In 1997 Dr. Damkerng Pathomvanich at the Stough clinic in Bangkok was the first to develop and pioneer the OPEN TECHNIQUE in donor harvesting. Very low transection rate of less than 2% was achieved. This technique was published in the Dermatology Surgery Journal (April 2000) and Hair Forum International Journal (October 1998). This open method has one of the lowest transection rate when compared to other techniques reported in medical literatures. Minimal transection which means more grafts are available for transplantation and less skin has to be removed thus minimal donor scarring.

For the last 10 years this method has been continuously refined and improved. We now routinely employed 3-4 time magnified loupe plus multiple skin hook to speed up dissection and further decrease the follicular transection rate. We re-named it REFINED OPEN TECHNIQUE. This was presented in the ISHRS Korea Asian Workshop 2008.