We are opening up two dates in the near future (June 6th & 8th) for patients interested in taking part in the piloscopy clinical trial. Please reach out to Barbara at email@example.com or 844-PILOFOCUS (844-745-6362) to learn more.
Numerous patients have safely participated in the trial and we've asked a few of them to candidly let everyone know about their experience. As a benefit to taking part in the trial, patients receive at least 300+ grafts (either FUT or FUE, based on the patient's preference) and there is no charge.
Patients thus far have found the experience comfortable, safe, and worthwhile. Here is a video clip from a case last week in which the monitor shows a hair follicle being harvested via a beneath the surface approach without traumatizing the overlying scalp surface.
Many patients have inquired about the current status of development for the piloscopic surgical technique. Therefore, I wanted to share a link from my recent presentation delivered at the 2015 American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Meeting that provides both an overview and an update. I hope that you find this helpful.
To those requesting an update on Pilofocus, here is an article recently published in "The Verge". While both informative and somewhat provocative, the story contains a few points that require clarification:
1) The patient quoted with a large, red donor scar is not actually a surgical patient of mine, but rather a patient with whom I had a consultation as he sought treatment for his cosmetically-unacceptable surgical scar that he received after having undergone surgery with a different surgeon at a different location.
2) Amongst the many interviews I granted to the journalist, one took place immediately following a very in-depth consultation during which I counseled a severely-depressed teenager. Although his hair loss was his stated source of depression, I also worked to find him a psychiatrist that has helped him through his clinical depression. This is a rare instance and certainly does not reflect the majority of the healthy and confident patients with whom I meet. I was, therefore, disappointed in the otherwise well-written article when I felt that this unique psychiatric referral was presented as my preferred treatment for many. It falsely portrays our medical issue of hair loss as frivolous when, in reality, I feel so strongly about its importance that I have dedicated my professional career to treating it.
This past weekend's "Advances in Facial Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery Symposium" provided audience members in New York's Mount Sinai (Icahn) School of Medicine an opportunity to learn about insights regarding the future of hair restoration (both surgical and otherwise).
Dr. Wesley lectured to colleagues ranging from resident physicians to attending physicians in fields such as dermatology, ENT surgery, and plastic surgery about topics including hair follicle cell therapy, laser hair treatments, and scarless surgical hair follicle harvesting.
Building on this lecture, Dr. Wesley has been invited to author a chapter on "Future Trends in Hair Restoration" in the upcoming "Hair Transplantation" textbook (Cambridge University Press).
Two of the questions posed to me prior to presenting the details of Pilofocus' graft harvesting technique are: 1) how do we evaluate growth of transplanted grafts and 2) how is it done objectively and in a blinded fashion? This is not overly challenging when conducted within a bald area. But what if patients in the clinical trial would like to camouflage the grafts within their pre-existing hair?
Two interactive links below illustrate this method of determining viability of transplanted grafts within a hair-bearing area. Hair viability analyses are performed in a double-blind manner. Therefore, the type of graft transplanted (FUE, FUT, or Piloscopic) is unknown to the observer. Software enables subtle adjustment of each image relative to the other (not possible here). Therefore, near-perfect alignment of hair shafts can be produced to most accurately quantify the presence or absence of transplanted hair when the patients return for follow-up evaluation.
Interactive Example #1 (superimposed before/after sans sites)
Interactive Example #2 (with based on recipient sites)
Go ahead and give counting a try. I can incorporate the results of this poll in the presentation that we have been invited to deliver at the upcoming ISHRS Meeting in San Francisco, CA next month!