In 2003, FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction was far from an accepted procedure. In fact, surgeons would often find any excuse to NOT attempt to perform this technique--citing poor growth rates, transection, etc.
At the ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting in New York City, I presented this case of a small FUE procedure I had performed a few months earlier for a gentleman who was left with areas of traction alopecia from hairpiece use. Although tedious and difficult to perform with the instruments available at the time, this small FUE procedure was a success as were the other FUE procedures I had attempted in the years 2001-2003.
These early procedures led me to develop the "Bauman-MINDEX"--the first commercially available instrument for physicians designed specifically to help them extract hair follicles with the FUE approach.
At the next ISHRS Orlando Live Surgery Workshop (Spring 2004), I became the first surgeon to demonstrate the FUE technique in a Live Surgery setting to an audience of hundreds of skeptical surgeons and surgical assistants.
Collaboration with other surgeons who were also trying this new technique helped advance our skills.
-Alan J. Bauman, M.D.