The search for a clearly superior aid to wound healing that meets the unique needs of the hair transplant surgeon has been fraught with frustration and littered with failed attempts.1,2 Hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine, isopropyl alcohol, and betadine have been used for their antibacterial properties.2,3 Copper peptide, silicone, hydrocolloid, and others have been used for their accelerative healing properties with mixed results. As of 2007 hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which has both antibacterial and wound healing properties, had never been used as a pharmaceutical drug, and as of 2021, it has not been described in the literature specific to hair transplant procedures. We investigated the use of medical grade HOCl as a routine component of both intra-operative hair transplant procedures (both linear excision and follicular unit excision) and as a post-operative wound healing aid.
Since this molecule was novel to our practice, we chose to perform a pilot study to determine its efficacy and ease of use for both FUE and linear excision (FUT) hair transplant surgery. We purchased the stabilized, medical grade surgical HOCl spray, SurgiHEAL PRO, which was recently introduced to the hair transplant surgical market to aid in the treatment and healing of intra- and post-operative wounds for both donor and recipient areas.
SurgiHEAL PRO (Stabilized HOCl) holds significant promise in advancing the standard of care for the treatment and healing of intra-operative and post-operative wounds in hair restoration surgical procedures. Patient satisfaction was overall superior to traditional regimens. With the insights and knowledge gained from this initial pilot study, we plan to perform a multi-centered trial to further evaluate the initial observations using intra- and post-operative stabilized HOCl solutions on both the donor and recipient areas for all follicular unit transplantation surgeries regardless of donor harvest technique.
Download Dr. Wasserbauer’s full Pilot Study on SurgiHEAL PRO in the September / October 2021 Issue of Hair Transplant Forum International.
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