Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg.  2019 Jan;25(1):42-44. 10.14730/aaps.2019.25.1.42.

Forehead-supporting chair system for follicular unit extraction hair transplantation

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  • 1Dana Plastic Surgery Clinic, Seoul, Korea. jay8384@naver.com

Abstract

The seated and prone positions are the most common surgical positions used during follicular unit extraction (FUE). Compared to the latter, the former eases centering and enables more optimal surgical field exposure due to gravitational effects on intraoperative bleeding. Furthermore, the surgeon can simultaneously work with multiple assistants, increasing efficiency and reducing operative time. During the harvesting stage of FUE, the patient is often seated in an electric height-adjustable salon chair. Such equipment, however, does not provide support for the head; maintaining a fixed upright position for an extremely long-lasting and delicate surgery that requires loupes with ×5 or higher magnification is challenging for both the surgeon and the patient. On the other hand, a support system that firmly fixes the patient's forehead would have ergonomic benefits during the process of FUE donor harvesting in a seated position. Firm support of the forehead would also enable upward traction to provide tension on the scalp, lessen the gap between the hair exit angle and internal hair angle, and reduce graft torsion, ultimately minimizing follicular injury and optimizing graft quality.

Keyword

Hair; Hair follicle; Transplants

MeSH Terms

Forehead
Hair Follicle
Hair*
Hand
Head
Hemorrhage
Humans
Operative Time
Posture
Prone Position
Scalp
Tissue Donors
Traction
Transplants
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