Every year and every day I am seeking to attain better hair transplant results and the way to accomplish that task is to enlist better instruments, techniques, and ancillary measures. One small but prominent addition to my practice over the past year has been the use of the Cole tumescent gun that allows me to rapidly and safely infiltrate what is known as tumescent solution into the donor area and into the recipient area with a far less likely chance of inadvertent needle sticks to myself and to my team. Tumescent solution is a fluid placed into the back of the head and into the area where I will create recipient sites (where grafts ultimately are placed) that help to straighten hair follicles (to protect them during harvest) and to protect the underlying blood supply to the follicles. The tumescent gun has allowed me to rapidly infiltrate the solution in a controlled fashion, much better than in the old days when I injected the solution from a metal bowl. Also, because the entire tumescent solution is now in a closed system (no exposed metal bowl), I believe that the method lends itself to being even more sterile. Even though this instrument is something that you will never know that I used in you, I am excited enough to explain that to me it has been a profound aid during any hair transplant procedure.


Dr Samuel Lam is a board certified hair-transplant surgeon in Dallas, TX. To schedule a consultation please call 972-312-8105, or visit Dr Lam’s hair transplant forum to ask him a question.