Standard Hair Transplant surgery to balding areas

Standard Hair Transplant surgery to balding areas including Norwood 6 & 7 extreme baldness and increased density to thinning areas without ‘Shock Fallout’

At The Woods Technique we give upfront and detailed information as to why we are the leading Hair Transplant Clinic in the world.
Our “standard” hair transplant is by not standard by any measure. Here we explain why even the very removal and implanting of follicles is so important, and cannot be entrusted to any unskilled practitioner, technician or machine.
During the development of FUE/BHT, Dr Ray Woods understood that safe and proper intact follicle removal was one part of the journey.
Safe, proper and microsurgically precise IMPLANTATION of the follicle into the balding area, maximizing growth and yield, is the other part of this artistic surgical equation.
Implantation of follicles takes much longer than extraction.
That is why, in a medical “business” where “time is money”, numerous shortcuts and anatomically absurd implantation devices have been conceived.
In fact, it was Dr Woods who, in 1992, tried to find a more efficient and faster way to implant follicles WITHOUT risk or trauma to the extremely fragile follicle.
He designed, and had produced an  “implanter device”, which he called the “SLIPPERY DIP” …no different to a child sliding down a slippery dip in a playground, Dr Woods took a standard Hypodermic needle and had the middle section carved out, to in fact resemble a slippery dip, the difference being that there was still the sharp needle point at the end.
The follicle, approx. 0.5 to 1mm in diameter, and approximately 5 to 10 mm in length would be placed into the opening, just as you would place your body into a slippery dip.
The sharp end would make the incision, and then via a plunger, or manipulated with forceps, the follicle would disappear into the opening created.
After several months of trials, Dr Woods completely abandoned this approach.  The yield was seriously compromised, and angles at which hair emerged were erratic.
And the reason became clear in the trials.
When you have a “blood test”, a HYPODERMIC needle makes an ËLLIPTICAL SLIT into the skin.
As the needle advances, it creates a TUNNEL UNDER THE SKIN.
That is why blood tests, IV cannulas, Drips and injections work as well as other life saving procedures.
And after the needle is removed, after a matter of minutes, there is NO evidence of the incision. Because it is a perfectly opposed elliptical incision which heals in minutes to hours. AND there is no “PUNCH OUT “of tissue for this to occur. If a circular or rectangular punch was used, stitches would be required and heavy pressure bandages applied to stop the bleeding.
The beauty of the hypodermic needle is that the bevel of the needle makes a fine microsurgical ellipse, and then, as the needle advances, the skin edges are ‘STRETCHED” apart. The medicine, follicle etc is given under the skin, and then as the needle is withdrawn, the skin retracts back, to a fine ellipse, healing in minutes…if it were otherwise, no one would turn up for a blood test.
So the problem with the slippery dip was that it created a “RECTANGULAR PUNCH”, or “oblong” as it were. The follicle is an approx. 1mm cylinder and it was literally being JAMMED and CRUSHED into this narrow rectangle. That is damage enough to destroy the fragile follicle and its delicate bulb, with the DNA protected by a thin membrane. (Refer to “death of a follicle” in the video section)
Added to this, is what is known as “pressure necrosis” where the fit is so tight, circulation cannot get to it.
Anyone who has ever planted a shrub or tree, knows and is instructed by the supplier, to make adequate room, otherwise the plant will not survive.
And as the hypodermic does not punch out tissue,  there is a flat surface on the skin, so there are no indentations,  “poc” marks or “sewing machine” effect which is so common .
The slippery dip was completely discarded by Dr Woods, but if you watch the youtube videos from various clinics around the world, it is common practice in various mechanised, spring loaded guises. Dr Woods believes that this is one reason why yields are poor for the number of grafts promised.
Yes, its quick and easy, but in the opinion of Dr Woods, who trialled similar approaches in the early 1990s, it is destructive and not in the best interests of the patient.
The correct way, although longer , slower and more precise, will give higher yield and less trauma.
As each follicle is IRREPLACEABLE…once damaged in “take out “or implantation” , it is over. You will never get that follicle back again.
So, choose wisely, use common sense, and read the disclaimer well in advance of surgery.
And Dr Woods, for over 25 years, has never required “routine” disclaimers, and has been at full disclosure publically on all media, especially internet, for every procedure ever performed.
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