June 11 2012, 11:51 am PT | Posted in: Other
As an innovator in the field and with many patents to your name I am curious as to whether you have ever given thought to inventing a “scalp exercise” device. Imagine a motorized device strapped around one’s head moving the scalp up and down to increase one’s laxity in preparation for a future transplant. It would basically work as a scalp massage.
For a couple hundred dollars I’m sure many transplant patients would invest in one to maximize their graft numbers. Doing these exercises with the hands can get quite exhausting just after a few minutes.
It’s a good idea, but there have been a few patients who have came up with their own scalp exercise ideas that they are pursuing. In the grand scheme of things, scalp exercises are not the rate limiting step, nor do the exercises have a drastic impact on the success or planning of a hair transplant procedure in most situations.
Believe it or not, if I were to create a device for scalp massages and claimed it could loosen the scalp, it would be a medical device from the FDA’s perspective. It would then have to be proven safe and effective, a tall and expensive undertaking I might say.