Method and apparatus for transplanting a hair graft

  • US 8,062,322 B2
  • Filed: 08/12/2003
  • Issued: 11/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/12/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for transplanting a hair graft, comprising:

  • a housing having a distal end with an opening;

    a rod inside the housing, an end of the rod being movable between a first position and a second position along a central axis of the housing, wherein, with the end of the rod in the first position, the housing provides a spacing between the end of the rod and the open distal end of the housing to receive a hair graft, and wherein, with the end of the rod in the second position, the end of the rod is limited to being substantially flush with the open distal end of the housing, so that the hair graft is delivered through the distal end opening to a scalp wound;

    a vacuum apparatus operably coupled to the housing and configured to load the hair graft into the spacing through the distal end opening; and

    an actuator configured to move the end of the rod between the first and second positions along the central axis of the housing, wherein the end of the rod lies inside a hair graft chamber.

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