Each CIT manual punch handle is custom made to accept the razor sharp punches available exclusively from Cole Instruments. Each handle allows for minimal depth control, which is essential to Cole Instrument technique. The minimal depth control feature of Cole Isolation Technique (CITTM) reduces the risk of follicle injury known as follicle transection. Transection commonly reduces the survival rate of the follicle; therefore, it’s advantageous to reduce this risk in every way possible. Only the CIT handle allows for the precise control of incision depth with punches exclusively available from Cole Instruments.
Cole Instrument punches are the sharpest punches on the market. They also have the thinnest wall and the ideal location of the cutting surface. These punches allow for minimal friction during graft harvesting. The minimal friction reduces the fluid movement of both the skin and the follicular unit. The reduced friction helps to keep the entire follicular unit inside the punch and away from the cutting edge of the punch. This is essential to reducing the risk of follicle injury.
Manual CIT is the fastest recorded method of manual FUE in the world. Manual CIT is faster than all recorded methods of mechanical extraction. Manual CIT has the lowest reported rate of follicle transection in the world. The precise capacity to control the depth of follicle extraction along with the Cole Instrument punches, make this the preferred method of performing FUE.
The transection rate from manual CIT is 2.57%, In a 19 patient study the rate of CIT manual extraction for 100 grafts was 5.64 minutes, which corresponds to a rate of 1064 grafts per hour. Only the Programmable Cole Isolation Device is faster than manual CIT.
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