CIT Hair Transplant ( FUE + )

CIT - Dr. Cole's method of FUE hair transplant

CIT® is Dr. John P. Cole’s proprietary hair transplant technique.  CIT® is a relatively new procedure that has revolutionized hair loss treatment. Dr. Cole pioneered his method of hair transplant surgery beginning around 2002.  He was inspired by the FUE hair transplant work of noted hair loss physicians: Dr. Masumi Inaba, Dr. Ray Woods, and Dr. William Rassman.  Dr. Cole recognized that many patients struggling with hair loss desired a hair transplant but did not want the tell-tale linear scar on the back of their head.  This observation, plus the many patients who came to him for scar repairs, led Dr. Cole to begin searching for a better way to harvest donor hair.  After years of research and the development of precision instruments, Dr. Cole has refined and improved FUE to the degree that his proprietary CIT® hair transplant procedure has become state of the art. Hair restoration physicians travel from all over the world to visit our clinic and learn Dr. Cole’s proprietary method of follicular unit extraction. However, Dr. Cole is not content to sit back and rest on his accomplishments; he continuously strives to improve his techniques and provide a better way to transplant hair and treat hair loss in men and women.

CIT® involves the use of specially designed tools to individually remove each follicular unit (naturally occurring groupings of hair).  The follicular units are then artfully placed in balding areas so as to create a natural look as they grow.  CIT® can also be used to treat other areas of hair loss such as eyebrows, temples, and facial hair.  Dr. Cole’s method maximizes the available donor area for harvesting and allows him to “cherry pick” follicular units that will have an optimal yield.  Most importantly, CIT® will not leave you with an unsightly linear scar on the back of your head.

I'm 6 months post CIT now and my hair is coming in well -- VERY well, as the fullness
on top has actually exceeded my expectations. Thank you very much
for what you've done for me.

What is FUE+?

FUE+ is a term used to encompass all the many services offered exclusively by Cole Hair Transplant Group. These include minimal depth FUE, the non-shaven CIT (C2G), and ACell and PRP treatments, just to name a few.

Minimal Depth FUE

The development of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) evolved as a means to perform hair transplants while eradicating the linear scar associated with strip surgeries. FUE is an advanced procedure requiring use of circular trephine punches and high power magnification to remove individual follicular units. The follicular unit is susceptible to several types of injuries during the extraction process, with transection being the most frequent. Transection is when hair bulbs get injured or cut off during follicle extraction. Skilled hair restoration surgeons, such as Dr. Cole, can have a transection rate of three percent or less. Preventing transection is vital to the success of the hair transplant, as the quantity of donor hair available is limited. Cole Isolation Technique (CIT) FUE allows for versatility in punch size and depth, leading to high graft quality from one patient to the next. Reliable production of high quality multihair grafts is the ultimate goal with minimal depth FUE. Using this method, Dr. Cole can collect the best follicles and regulate the number of grafts transplanted.

Dr. John Cole developed minimal depth FUE and employs his CIT FUE method on patients. CIT is minimally invasive and requires specific tools also crafted by Dr. Cole. Dr. Cole uses over thirty instruments, and each procedure is geared exclusively towards that patient. The specialized instruments allow for detailed control of depth and patient individualization. With minimal depth FUE, stem cells remain behind. Because stem cells are left behind, patients can enjoy the benefits of products such as ACell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Compared to strip surgery, CIT is less invasive and permits a faster and less painful recovery due to the lack of stitches or sutures.

ACell - MatriStem® Technology

ACell is an Extracellular Matrix (ECM) composed of Urinary Bladder Matrix (UBM) from pigs. UBM has undergone broad research and has proven useful in different types of wound healing. ECM is the structure that makes new tissue restoration achievable. It efficiently modifies site-specific tissues where scarring would have been expected. When applied to hair restoration patients, ACell is used in the powder form.

Following a hair transplantation procedure, ACell is promptly placed into the donor area where extractions have been taken. The administration of ACell attracts and directs stem cells resulting in the regeneration of new hair follicles on the donor site. Our exclusive Forhair technique helps donor areas regenerate hair follicles following surgery and replenishes the donor area supply. With minimal depth extraction, the CIT technique leaves follicle stem cells in the donor area. Between 10% and 75% of donor extraction sites have shown some hair follicle regrowth. Upon application, ACell utilizes the body's own processes for tissue regeneration and stem cell activation. In addition, our ACell treatment improves the appearance of the donor area following surgery by stimulating the regeneration of other skin structures.

PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is autologous in origin, meaning it originates from ones own whole blood. Platelets release sizeable quantities of growths factors. These include platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor beta, epidermal growth factor (EGF), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). VEGF, EGF, insulin 1-like growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor (FGF) play key roles in the formation of hair follicles. Results seen from treating androgenic alopecia with PRP can consequently be attributed to several platelet-derived growth factors, which lead to superior function of hair follicles and promotion of hair growth. PRP may be used alone or in conjunction with ACell to boost the coverage of thinning hair. When PRP is applied with ACell, a continued release of growth factors is more likely. This blend is frequently placed on thinning areas of the scalp as well as recent grafts. PRP has been useful in wound care for many years and has proven to advance the growth of grafts as well as help with healing after hair transplantation surgery. A recent study of patients who received PRP into thinning areas reported that 50% of them found the injections advantageous.

Advantages of electing for CIT over a strip procedure:

  • CIT is less invasive
  • Does not leave a tell-tale linear scar
  • Faster and less painful recovery 
  • Low transection rate of under 3 percent
  • Natural hair lines and optimal aesthetic results
  • Maximal graft survival
  • Maximizes donor hair for harvesting
  • Allows physician to “cherry-pick” grafts that will result in an optimal yield
  • CIT is virtually undetectable
  • Can be performed even when the scalp is too tight for a strip procedure
  • C2G, or CIT to Go is a non-shaven version of CIT, no need to shave your head!

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