John P. Cole, MD, a pioneer in the modern field of hair transplant surgery, heads Cole Instruments. His team of engineers, each with specialized roles, dedicates themselves to improving hair transplant instruments, hair restoration surgery, and surgical instruments. Our managing engineer is Tesfaye Gutema and his staff includes mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, biomedical engineers, and a chemical engineer. These specialists are absolutely essential to ensure physicians receive the very best devices. All our team members devote themselves to producing the highest quality instruments available on the market. We will continue to research solutions and release them as they prove exceptional.
Hair Transplant Surgery and Cole Instruments
Hair loss treatments have been dramatically improving for the past 20 years. It is through the hard work from innovators like Dr. John P Cole and his team that hair restoration continues its progress. Methodologies arise and equipment, high-quality equipment, must meet the needs of physicians and patients alike. This is why Cole Instruments dedicates itself to bringing the highest caliber FUE equipment to its physicians.
Everyone knows the old plug look with hair transplant surgery. This is a direct result of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUT). The younger method Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) leads to a more convincing look with far less scarring; especially if Dr. Cole's namesake Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®). In fact, the past 20 years have seen hair transplant procedures develop at a record pace. Up until the late '90s, there was very little improvement in the overall results of the procedure. By the early 2000s, however, surgeons had built enough skills and techniques in FUE to begin offering the procedure. The results changed from a pluggy look to a very aesthetic, natural appearance. The field came of age.
As with any cosmetic procedure, the natural tendency in hair restoration is to improve the procedures' and methods' overall aesthetic results. The initial challenge was to produce smaller grafts that allow for more convincing placement and less bunching -this was the advantage of FUE. The trend over the past decade, meanwhile, is to focus on a superior cosmetic result in the donor area. FUE may not leave the lateral scars of FUT, but it can leave mothball scars that prevent patients from wearing their side and back hair very short.
The initial obstacle to reducing FUE scars was the lack of available instruments. Many hair restoration surgeons, in fact, were using standard surgical tools rather than specialized equipment. More scarring and less convincing hairlines were the natural results of these early efforts -even if an improvement over FUT.
Established in 2002, Cole Instruments began innovating specialized FUE tools after Dr. Cole saw the necessity of such -and the growing demand from his fellow physicians. Dr. Cole particularly needed to design new tools if he was to continue researching CIT®, a method that uses the minimum depth principle to minimize scarring and foster donor regeneration.
As demand for specialized tools and instruments grew so did Cole Instruments. When surgical procedures evolve the ideal tool often does not exist...yet. One of the first organizations to offer specialized FUE equipment, Cole Instruments is now one of many suppliers. However, what has not changed is Cole Instruments' dedication to quality and innovation. Cole Instruments designs tools that specifically facilitate FUE and improve surgical results in the donor area. They further improve efficiency, as well as increase the procedure's overall level of safety.
Cole Instruments will continue to innovate and inspire. One interesting new avenue, for instance, is multi-use tools. The more research we conduct the more we find general tissue grafting shares many similarities with hair grafting. Physicians will find Cole Instruments' surgical equipment also useful for many other surgical specialties.
Cole Instruments Today
FUE was in its infancy when Cole Instruments formed in 2002. Back then there was a smaller market but, if anything, greater demand for specialized tools that facilitate FUE. Cole Instruments patented its first piece of equipment shortly after its founding and continued to innovate afterward. Now, both FUE and Cole Instruments have taken root within the world of hair restoration. One of the early innovators within the industry, Cole Instruments now has numerous patents and many more patents that are pending approval.
Physicians around the globe use equipment from Cole Instruments -and for good reason. Cole Instruments' FUE Punches have a reputation for being the finest the world over. Features include a razor-sharp edge, a thin wall, and a recessed internal diameter to reduce tissue torsion.
Cole Instruments also continues developing the finest available Contoured Surface Hair Transplant Punch. This punch reduces the surface area in contact with the skin at any given moment, decreasing friction and improving cuts. As with all Cole Instruments punches, this punch has a razor-sharp cutting edge along with a thin wall to reduce friction and a recessed internal diameter to reduce tissue torsion.
As a final example, Cole Instruments is responsible for the Aid to Extraction (ATOE). This device assists in graft removal and handling once the grafts are cut by the CIT Manual Handle, the Programmable Cole Isolation Device, or the Power Cole Isolation Device.
Advances in Automated Instrumentation
In an effort to improve automation with follicular unit extraction (FUE), Cole Instruments also offers the fastest, safest, and highest quality automatic equipment on the market today. Cole Instruments actually made the first automated extraction tool specifically for FUE in 2006. It took three additional modifications in design to produce the Power Cole Isolation Device (PCID). This instrument harvests grafts faster than any other device specifically for follicular unit extraction (FUE). As always, quality also matters a great deal. The PCID's follicle transection rate is 1/3 of that of its nearest competitor. Further, it cuts grafts almost three times as fast. Physicians who try the PCID often, if not always, decide to continue using it for their practice.
Additional Devices and Tools from Cole Instruments
Cole Instruments will always emphasize innovation and utility. We will continue to innovate new solutions for hair restoration surgeons. These include:
- A counting incision device, the only one of its type in the world, so to assist the tallying of graft incision sites.
- The only self-filling tumescent injection device that using disposable syringes.
- Unique tissue storage compartments that allow you to accurately and precisely control the temperature of the graft tissue -essential as different tissue sources prefer specific temperatures to improve the survival of the graft.
Cole Instruments will continue innovating new equipment for use in hair restoration. We define ourselves not just by the quality, and inventiveness, of our equipment but also our emphasis on being the best. Simply put, we do not release products unless they are superior to all other products in the hair transplant field. Count on Cole Instruments to help physicians realize the results their patients have come to expect.