Cole Instruments Incorporated (CII) produces tools specifically for Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair restoration surgeons. More than 500 surgeons worldwide use Cole Instrument tools, and for good reason. Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole's namesake contribution to FUE, is the only FUE technique that uses minimal invasion to eliminate noticeable scars and leave stem cell remnants in donor areas. The application of ACell enables 30% to 40% of all donor follicles to regenerate. Such a significant yield, as well Dr. Cole's artistry and expert instruction, is why so many physicians opt to train under Dr. Cole and use his custom instruments.
Cole Instruments, as a rule, decrease the rate of follicular transection and improve the hair transplant process. CII manufactures four different styles of punches to accommodate the needs of both patients and surgeons. They include the Classic CII Punch, Serrounded Punches, CII Best Value Non-Coated Punches, and the CII Best Value Titanium Nitride Coated Punch. Each has its own characteristics that make it unique. These punches feature hardened steel to produce the sharpest achievable punches.
Punches from CII are available in multiple sizes, ranging from 0.85mm to 1.30mm. These tools also complement each other.
Each of these punch sets orient around Dr. Cole's experience and innovation. Cole Instrument punches feature thorough designs, top-caliber materials, and thorough testing.
The CIT® Manual Punch Handle accommodates punches from 0.85mm to 1.35mm. The only device of its kind for performing the manual Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), the CIT® Manual Punch Handle is the only of its type that uses the minimal depth principal. Manual CIT® yields the lowest rate of transection and is faster than any other type of manual FUE.
The PCID, meanwhile, is the only mechanical device on the market for FUE. It has the lowest rate of follicle transection of any mechanical device on the market. Not only is the PCID faster than manual CIT®, it is also 2 to 3 times faster than other mechanical extractors. Both of these devices allow for minimal depth control and decrease the risk of damage to the hair follicle. In fact, using these tools, Dr. Cole has a transection rate of less than 3%.
Punches are pricey. Surgeons looking to cut costs will often use a single punch on up to four different patients. Experts well know that such repeat use diminishes results. All punches, of every brand and make, will dull. Most punches effectively harvest between 400 and 1000 follicles before transection rates dramatically increase. Surgeons should always, always change punches during a procedure to maintain the sharpest cutting edge possible. Further, surgeons should always dispose of used punches.
Punches are too sharp to simply re-use. Their punch wall diameter is under 0.1 mm, impossible to re-sharpen like a knife. Hair restoration surgeons, therefore, should default to the sharpest punches available. This means Cole Instruments. Those who use our punches have patients with better coverage from fewer grafts. We absolutely oppose sacrificing results for better returns -unlike many hair transplant surgeons. This rule also goes for our design and manufacturing process at CII.
At Forhair we believe patients deserve the best results possible. This is exactly why Dr. Cole puts so much care and research into the equipment he designs and personally uses. Physicians see the difference, patients see the results. Learn more about Cole Instruments by visiting its webpage.
This video demonstrates a FUE operation using various CII tools: