Dr. Cole discusses potential advantages with the Graft Chiller Plate by Cole Instruments, Inc. in this presentation about graft holding solutions.
Hypothermic storage reduces metabolism of the cells and can improve the survival rate of hair transplant grafts in some instances. Only the Graft Chiller Plate by Cole Instruments, Inc. can maintain a constant hypothermic temperature over the course of an entire hair transplant procedure. Ice can melt suddenly and result in a rapid rise in temperature. This sudden rise is traumatic to cells. If you add ice again to bring the temperature down again, this is an additional trauma to the hair follicle cells. The only way to prevent sudden fluctuations in temperature is with the Graft Chiller Plate by Cole Instruments, Inc.
Some feel that 4.0 degrees Celsius is optimal, while others think the temperature should be lower or higher. With the graft chiller plate, you can set the temperature at any level you like and then do your own study on survival rates at a variety of different cold storage temperatures.