Hair Or Artificial Hair Injector Or Anchor Patents (Class 606/187)
  • Patent number: 11344331
    Abstract: An automated hair restoration assembly includes a control unit and a cylinder that is gripped during a hair restoration surgical procedure. An actuator is positioned within the cylinder and a turret unit is rotatably coupled to the cylinder. A plurality of cartridges is provided and a selected one of the cartridges is loadable into the turret unit. Each of the cartridges contains a respective one of a plurality of incising blades, a plurality of hair grafts or an alternating sequence of a plurality of said incising blades. The actuator passes through the respective tube and engages one of the incising blades or one of the hair grafts. Thus, each the incising blades can make a respective incision and each of the hair grafts is inserted into the respective incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Rasim Kakony
  • Patent number: 11166746
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an integrated device for hair follicle extraction and implanting, comprising a body mechanism and a connecting mechanism, the body mechanism comprising a body supporting frame, a first motor, a transmission frame, a second motor, a clamping component, a transmission mechanism and a pushing needle, the connecting mechanism comprises a connecting head, a fixing head and a cutter head, wherein the first motor of the body mechanism controls the up and down movement of the cutter head through the cooperation of the transmission frame and the transmission mechanism, and the second motor controls the pushing needle by the rotary motion of the clamping unit, simultaneously controls the rotational movement of the cutter head through the transmission mechanism. Compared with the prior art, the invention realizes the integrated operation of hair follicle extracting and implanting, and makes the operation of hair follicle implanting more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shantou University
    Inventors: Changmin Lin, Shaoke Chen, Keng Huang, Haihong Li, Hanmin Huo, Junwei Huang, Cheng Yang, Zhuoying Yu, Zhiwen Chen, Lingli Kong, Haibin Chen, Shaoqin You, Haixia Ma, Zhenping Li, Xiaoyun Zhang, Xin Chen
  • Patent number: 11109887
    Abstract: Embodiments include devices and methods configured to fractionally resect skin and/or fat. Fractional resection is applied as a stand-alone procedure in anatomical areas that are off-limits to conventional plastic surgery due to the poor tradeoff between the visibility of the incisional scar and amount of enhancement obtained. Fractional resection is also applied as an adjunct to established plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction, and is employed to significantly reduce the length of incisions required for a particular application. The shortening of incisions has application in both the aesthetic and reconstructive realms of plastic surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Knowlton
  • Patent number: 11065034
    Abstract: An automatic hair implanter is capable of continuously performing hair transplantation work by applying a structure of a conventional manual hair implanter. The automatic hair implanter (hair transplantation device) comprises a rotating magazine therein, and several needle modules are stored in the magazine. Two pushrods, which are positioned on a rear portion of the device and capable of translational motion, play a role of pushing a needle and a shaft, which constitute a needle module, forward. The needle and the shaft may be moved backward by a spring positioned inside the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jung Wook Suh, Kyu Hyung Kim, Moon Kyu Kim, Jung Chul Kim, Tae Wuk Bae, Soo In Lee, Eun Chang Choi
  • Patent number: 10881431
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hair implanter with an automatically retracting needle, and more specifically, to a hair implanter with an automatically retracting needle configured to automatically move a needle backward by a force of a spring when the needle is moved forward to a predetermined position to allow hair transplantation work to be smoothly performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jung Wook Suh, Kyu Hyung Kim, Moon Kyu Kim, Jung Chui Kim, Tae Wuk Bae, Eun Chang Choi
  • Patent number: 10874385
    Abstract: The surgical retractors and methods disclosed herein are designed to retract tissues in an ergonomic and anatomically correct manner by matching tissue curvatures in order to minimize tissue damage and reduce incision sizes. In one embodiment, a surgical retractor may include a first blade with proximal and distal ends, and a second blade with proximal and distal ends. The distal end of the first blade may be pivotally coupled to the distal end of the second blade. The surgical retractor may also include a ratcheting mechanism that is configured to maintain a selected distance between the proximal end of the first blade and the proximal end of the second blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: INMOTUS MEDICAL LLC
    Inventors: Adam D. Perler, James A. Zoellner
  • Patent number: 10813667
    Abstract: A device and system for implanting a hair graft, the device having an elongated body; an intermediate reservoir operably coupled to an anterior end of the elongated body and extending axially therefrom; a skin abutment piece movably coupled to an anterior end of the intermediate reservoir; and a beveled hollow needle operably coupled to an anterior end of the skin abutment piece. The system also includes a source of pressure operably coupled to the device; a hair graft container operably coupled to the device; a vacuum source operably coupled to the device; a differential pressure detector operably coupled to the device; and a controller in communication with the source of pressure, the hair graft container, the vacuum source, and the differential pressure detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Pascal Boudjema, William R Rassman
  • Patent number: 10758272
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and method for implantation of follicular units into the scalp of a patient, including a generally cylindrical handle; a cannula disposed at one end of the cylindrical handle, the cannula having an open port constructed to load and to hold a follicular unit, and the cannula further having a tip end constructed for insertion into an implantation incision at an implantation site; a flap for at least partially closing the open port; a movable lever hinged at one end thereof relative to the cylindrical handle and connected at another end thereof to the flap; and a plunger extending through the cannula and constructed to displace a loaded follicular unit out from the cannula into the implantation incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Jae Pak, William Rassman
  • Patent number: 10695090
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic hair transplant apparatus including a needle module in which a hair follicle is inserted, a supplying case which has a magazine shape into which the needle module is inserted like a bullet of a gun, a withdrawing case which has a magazine shape into which the needle module is inserted like a bullet of a gun, and a hair transplanter on which the supplying case and the withdrawing case are mounted and which transplants hair follicles into a scalp by sequentially operating needle modules in the supplying case one by one and inserts needle modules from which hair follicles are removed into the withdrawing case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Tae Wuk Bae, Yong Chul Jung, Moon Kyu Kim, Jung Chul Kim, Kyu Hyung Kim, Jung Wook Suh, Soo In Lee, Hyung Soo Lee, Eun Chang Choi
  • Patent number: 10610386
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods, compositions, devices and kits which pertain to the attachment of stent-containing medical devices to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Claude O. Clerc, Gerald Fredrickson, Jonathan Zoll
  • Patent number: 10582947
    Abstract: The present invention provides a follicle transfer and transplantation method based on FUE, which provides a follicle extraction punch for transferring and transplanting a follicular unit of a scalp and loads a follicular unit, extracted by the follicle extraction punch, to the follicle extraction punch itself or transfers the extracted follicular unit to a separate needle, thereby enabling a hair transplantation operation to be relatively quickly and accurately performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kyu Hyung Kim, Tae Wuk Bae, Jung Wook Suh, Soo In Lee, Eun Chang Choi
  • Patent number: 10548629
    Abstract: Present invention relates to a transplantation device for transplanting a follicular unit which comprises a gripper, a rail mechanism, a gripper holding mechanism, at least one camera and/or sensor and a plurality of motors. Also a gripper for harvesting and implanting a follicular unit including a cutting mechanism, a knife mechanism, a tubular body and an ejector is disclosed. Furthermore, independent claims are included for covering a method for follicular unit transplantation and a method for harvesting and implanting of a follicular unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Olcay Yilmaz Damar, Kadir Oz
  • Patent number: 10449033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for automated hair transplantation through the well-known extraction technique of capillary units or FUE, comprising the morphological analysis of hair follicles in real-time by means of artificial vision, mapping of points for extraction and implant, simulation of the final result, a system of local anaesthesia, global, simultaneous or in sequential phases, at least one articulated mechanical arm associated with a tool for differentially extracting and implanting hair follicles. The present invention is useful to reduce the time and cost associated with the intervention, improve the quality of the operation and the final result, in terms of capillary density, contemplating the study of cell differentiation of follicles with the required estimate of time required regarding the growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: COSMIKBALANCE LDA
    Inventors: Paulo Silva Ramos, Fatima Cruz Funy Garces, José Almeida Gracio, Abilio Ribeiro Borges, Carlos Madail De Sa Martins
  • Patent number: 10314660
    Abstract: Disclosed are an automated hair transplant device for transplanting a selected hair into a hair loss area, and the transplanting method comprising selecting a hair of which the root is healthy, making the selected hair have a predetermined length without harming the follicle thereof, putting the hair of a predetermined length in a hair transplant needle, inserting the hair transplant needle into the scalp into which the hair is transplanted, and then separating the hair transplant needle from the scalp while leaving the hair therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Yong Chul Jung
  • Patent number: 10307296
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a device for inserting an implant on a human or animal body may be provided. The device may include an operable portion configured to make an incision on the human or animal body and configured to hold the implant for insertion on the human or animal body. The device may further include an actuator mechanism coupled to the operable portion, the actuator mechanism configured to move the operable portion along a first axis and configured to vibrate the operable portion along a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Kok Kiong Tan, Wenyu Liang, Phuong Pham Le, Sunan Huang, Hsueh Yee Lynne Lim, Chee Wee Gan
  • Patent number: 10251674
    Abstract: Provided is a manual follicle-transplanting hair transplanter for increasing a graft survival rate. The manual follicle-transplanting hair transplanter includes a needle member having a lower end containing a follicle to be transplanted and having a head having a larger diameter than a portion below the head at an upper end thereof, a rod member inserted into the needle member and having a push portion having a larger diameter than a portion below the push portion at an upper end thereof, an inner body configured to contain the needle member and limit downward movement of the needle member, and an outer body configured to contain the inner body and limit upward movement of the needle member. The needle member is automatically withdrawn when a compressed spring disposed in the inner body expands and pushes up a lower surface of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Tae Wuk Bae, Yong Chul Jung, Kyu Hyung Kim, Moon Kyu Kim, Jung Chul Kim, Jung Wook Suh, Hyung Soo Lee, Eun Chang Choi, Dae Sik Kim, Chang Hyuk Hong
  • Patent number: 10159508
    Abstract: A punch that is particularly useful for removing curled hair follicles from a donor site comprises a generally tubular body disposed about a generally longitudinal axis between distal and proximal ends, and having a distal cutting end region terminating distally in an opposing pair of distally-extending, generally prong-like members having an anterior notch and a posterior notch therebetween. In one variation, the prong-like members each have a curved anterior cutting edge and a curved posterior edge meeting at a cutting tip. In the preferred embodiment, the posterior notch extends proximally further than the anterior notch and has a generally “V”-shaped distal segment which carries cutting edges together with a generally “U”-shaped proximal segment extending proximally from the distal segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Sanusi Umar
  • Patent number: 9987038
    Abstract: A punch that is particularly useful for removing curled hair follicles from a donor site comprises a generally tubular body disposed about a generally longitudinal axis and having a distal cutting end region terminating distally in a plurality of distally-extending circumferentially disposed, generally prong-like members carrying distally diverging cutting edges and separated by follicle-accommodating slits. In practice, the punch is oriented during the extraction process at the donor site so that the curled hair root passes into, and is spared from the advancing cutting edge by, a slit as the punch is inserted into and penetrates the tissue. The punch may then rotated slightly so that the cutting edges cut most of the tissue surrounding the follicle without making damaging contact with the follicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Sanusi Umar
  • Patent number: 9526581
    Abstract: Automated systems and methods for operating a procedure tool to perform a procedure (for example, hair transplantation) on a body are provided. One or more mechanisms are configured to produce a combination movement of the procedure tool in response to control signals. A force sensor monitors resistance as the tool moves and transmits information from the force sensor to a computer. Movement of the procedure tool is controlled at least in part based on information from the force sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan Bodduluri, Philip L. Gildenberg, Donald E. Caddes
  • Patent number: 9427561
    Abstract: A method for operating a system for repetitive local puncturing of skin is provided. The system having a handheld applicator device provided with a puncturing device configured to repetitively puncture skin and a control device connected to the handheld applicator device and configured to control operation of the applicator device. The method includes receiving a user selection for a body skin part to which repetitive local puncturing is to be applied in the control device, responsively providing a set of operation parameters in the control device, the set of operation parameters defining a mode of operation of the applicator device for repetitive local puncturing, and operating the applicator device according to the mode of operation defined by the set of operation parameters with the operating of the applicator device being controlled by the control device. Also, a system for repetitive local puncturing a skin is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: MT.DERM GMBH
    Inventor: Joern Kluge
  • Patent number: 9358104
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating a nasal valve condition including surgically forming an access path to create a pocket on a side of the patient's nose. The pocket is positioned between a soft tissue layer and opposing surfaces of upper and lower cartilages of the nose. The pocket spans a junction between the upper and lower cartilages. An implant is placed through the access path into the pocket with a length oriented to span the junction. A delivery system for placement of the implant includes a surgical tool for forming the access path and for delivering the implant into the access path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC XOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Vassallo, Susan L. Critzer
  • Patent number: 9321998
    Abstract: A method for producing a regenerative hair follicle germ for transplantation, in which a color of hair that grows after transplantation is controlled, includes preparing a first cell mass containing mesenchymal cells; preparing a second cell mass containing epithelial cells; preparing a cell mass containing pigment stem cells; binding the cell mass containing the pigment stem cells to at least one among the first cell mass and the second cell mass, and closely contacting the first cell mass and the second cell mass, at least one of which has been bound to the cell mass containing the pigment stem cells, and culturing them within a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Organ Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Koh-ei Toyoshima, Takashi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9109326
    Abstract: An antibacterial artificial hair of the present invention includes an artificial hair and organic resin particles adhering to the artificial hair. The organic resin particles are powdered fine particles including an organic resin and an aluminum salt that is chemically bonded to the organic resin. An antibacterial coating agent for artificial hair of the present invention is used for an artificial hair and obtained by dispersing the organic resin particles in an aqueous medium. The presence of the organic resin particles including the aluminum salt not only provides the luster and texture similar to those of human hair, but also imparts the antibacterial properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shinbayashi
  • Patent number: 9095368
    Abstract: A follicular unit extraction device comprises a handpiece for holding a follicle punch at its distal end which extends from the handpiece and terminates distally in a cutting edge. The punch is releasably coupled to a motor-driven drive shaft within the handpiece for rotation therewith. A portion of the driveshaft is tubular, and houses a piston that can move towards and away from the punch. An ejector pin is also supported within the tubular portion of the driveshaft distally of the ejector piston and is positioned to move towards the cutting edge of the punch when pushed by the piston. The handpiece and driveshaft have respective fluid inlet ports. The clearance between the piston and driveshaft interior, and the clearance between the ejector pin and punch interior, define a fluid path for conducting fluid entering the handpiece and drive shaft via inlet ports so that the fluid exits the punch at its cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Sanusi Umar
    Inventors: Sanusi Umar, Robert Evans
  • Patent number: 9044262
    Abstract: A method for the extraction of follicular units from a donor area on a patient. The method includes scoring the outer skin layers with a sharp punch, and then inserting a blunt punch into the incision to separate the hair follicle from the surrounding tissue and fatty layer. The method will significantly decrease the amount of follicular transection and increase the rate at which follicular units can be extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HSC DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: James A. Harris
  • Patent number: 9028507
    Abstract: Provided herein is an instrument and method useful to incise in to the skin to a precise depth and at a specific angle with respect to the surface of the skin of a patient, for the extraction of individual follicular groups or individual follicular units. An instrument according to the invention precisely limits the depth of incision, and creates a circular incision around a hair, follicular unit, or follicular cluster in a manner such that no damage occurs to any of the hair shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: John P. Cole
  • Patent number: 8986324
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for harvesting hair grafts from a body surface utilizing a removal tool comprising first and second elongated bodies. The described systems and methods serve to eliminate and/or at least minimize unnecessary compression of adjacent tissue during the removal process, thereby minimizing damage to the follicular unit being removed, reducing the opportunities for the follicular unit to intersect the path of the harvesting tool, and/or improving the quality of the removed specimen, preferably preserving its integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan Bodduluri, Kyle R. Breton, Clifford A. Oostman, Jr., George D. Hermann
  • Patent number: 8951267
    Abstract: A system and method for harvesting, storing, and implanting biological units, in particular hair follicular units (FUs). The system is particularly useful to facilitate hair transplant procedures. FUs are harvested from a body surface, either attached to a patient or in a strip of removed tissue, and shuttled into a cartridge having a plurality of receptacles. The receptacles are open in a distal direction toward a removal tool, but a cover over the proximal ends of the receptacles prevents the FUs from continuing out of the cartridge. One way to shuttle the FUs is to provide a pressure differential, such as by applying suction to the proximal end of a receptacle. The shuttle subsystem may be incorporated within an overall automated or robotic system, or the shuttle subsystem may form part of a semi-automated or even manual apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford A. Oostman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8882783
    Abstract: A system and method for harvesting, storing, and implanting biological units, in particular hair follicular units (FUs). The system is particularly useful to facilitate hair transplant procedures. FUs are harvested from a body surface, either attached to a patient or in a strip of removed tissue, and shuttled into a cartridge having a plurality of receptacles. The receptacles are open in a distal direction toward a removal tool, but a cover over the proximal ends of the receptacles prevents the FUs from continuing out of the cartridge. The cover is made of a permissible medium, which may be fluid permeable and/or puncturable. One way to shuttle the FUs is to provide a pressure differential, such as by applying suction to the proximal end of a receptacle. The shuttle subsystem may be incorporated within an overall automated or robotic system, or the shuttle subsystem may form part of a semi-automated or even manual apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford Jr. A. Oostman
  • Patent number: 8870905
    Abstract: A method is described for the reproduction of hair by removing hair in the anagen phase in such a way that the hair stem cells which are responsible for hair growth are still attached to the hair removed, bringing these into contact with extracellular matrix components or substitutes therefor, and implanting the hair in the scalp. The application of extracellular matrix components or substitutes therefor for the reproduction of hair is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hair Science Institute
    Inventor: Conradus Ghosal Gho
  • Publication number: 20140261467
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a treatment plan for cosmetic procedures, for example, a hair transplantation procedure, are provided. The treatment plan automatically modifies or generates one or more proposed harvesting or implantation sites within a first hair element based on one or more parameters in one or more second hair elements. Various techniques and methods described in the application provide for improved planning of a natural looking hair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Mohan (a.k.a. Radhika Mohan) Bodduluri, Gabriele Zingaretti, Theodore Thuong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140243870
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aligning hair follicle are provided. The systems may include at least one piercing member. The piercing member may be configured to pivot about a pivot axis. The piercing member may be operable to translate along a chosen axis, wherein the chosen axis may intersect with the pivot axis. The translation of the piercing member in a first direction may enable the piercing member to pierce through an external surface of a skin, and translation of the piercing member in a second direction may enable the piercing member to retract out of the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: PiloFocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos K. Wesley, Trevor K. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8801743
    Abstract: A direct hair transplanting device enabling sequential harvesting of single hair follicles from a donor region and implantation of the same at a recipient zone of the scalp comprising a tubular housing (30) with a forwardly projecting tubular needle (2) with an outermost end being formed with a conical obliquely cut knife edge cutting surface. A hair follicle is extracted through rotation of the cutting surface of the needle around a selected hair follicle at the target donor region of the scalp and implantation of the same at a selected recipient locus of the scalp being effected through initiating a forward stroke of a push rod (7) slidable within the interior of tubular needle (2) to implant the hair follicle into the scalp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Konstantinos P. Giotis
  • Publication number: 20140188150
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair transplanter which may finely adjust and set the length of a hair transplantation tool, into which a hair root is inserted, according to thicknesses of skin tissue layers within the scalps of individuals during hair transplantation and thus be conveniently used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Kun Oc, Kwang Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8753367
    Abstract: A fitting and a method for utilizing one or more of such fittings are described for securing supplemental hair to a person's head, along the outer surface of the person's scalp, to create an enhanced, natural appearance independent of the population and location of any natural hair on the person's head. Each fitting includes a base member having a resiliently flexible flange, and a post rising from the flange and carrying a flexible filament establishing a loop providing a lateral path for a ligature. Each base member is embedded beneath the outer surface of the person's scalp to secure the corresponding fitting at a selected strategic location on the person's head with the filament projecting from the outer surface to provide a corresponding attachment site. Supplemental hair is juxtaposed with and secured to each filament with a corresponding ligature passed through the loop of each corresponding filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: James Costabile
  • Patent number: 8690894
    Abstract: An automated system for harvesting or implanting follicular units, including a moveable arm; a harvesting and/or implantation tool mounted on the moveable arm; one or more cameras mounted on the moveable arm; a processor configured to receive and process images acquired by the one or more cameras; and a controller operatively associated with the processor and configured to position the moveable arm based, at least in part, on processed images acquired by the one or more cameras, wherein the moveable arm is positionable such that the tool may be positioned at a desired orientation relative to an adjacent body surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan Bodduluri, Philip L. Gildenborg, Donald E. Caddes
  • Publication number: 20140052167
    Abstract: A method for producing a regenerative hair follicle germ for transplantation, in which a color of hair that grows after transplantation is controlled, includes preparing a first cell mass containing mesenchymal cells; preparing a second cell mass containing epithelial cells; preparing a cell mass containing pigment stem cells; binding the cell mass containing the pigment stem cells to at least one among the first cell mass and the second cell mass, and closely contacting the first cell mass and the second cell mass, at least one of which has been bound to the cell mass containing the pigment stem cells, and culturing them within a support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: ORGAN TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Koh-ei Toyoshima, Takashi Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20130226213
    Abstract: Provided is an implanting apparatus. The implanting apparatus includes: a casing; an implanting needle portion in the casing; a mandrel portion forwardly and backwardly movable in relation to the implanting needle portion; an elastic member disposed between the implanting needle portion and the mandrel portion; a movable portion movable forwards and backwards to move the implanting needle portion; a spring fixed relative to the casing so as to fix a position of the mandrel portion when the implanting needle portion is moved; and a transforming portion movable together with the implanting needle portion for transforming the spring. Therefore, musculoskeletal ailments of medical personnel arising from an excessive use of an hair implanting device may be prevented, and hair implantation may be performed accurately, regularly, swiftly, and without depending on a skill of medical personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: OHSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: OHSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130226214
    Abstract: A hair implanter is equipped with a tube in which a shaft is disposed movable in an axial direction thereof, a tapered hollow needle extending from a tip end of the tube, and slits extending from a tip of the needle in an axial direction thereof to divide a body of the needle into a plurality of needle strips. The needle strips are so shaped that when the shaft is pushed, it contacts inner surfaces of the needle strips, and when the shaft is further advanced in sliding contact with the inner surfaces of the needle strips, the needle strips will elastically bend radially outwardly. Each of the slits extends toward the base end of the tube across a point at which the shaft contacts the inner surfaces of the needle strips. This achieves smooth opening of the tip of the needle with a small degree of force pushing the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: DENSO CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130226212
    Abstract: A direct hair transplanting device enabling sequential harvesting of single hair follicles from a donor region and implantation of the same at a recipient zone of the scalp comprising a tubular housing (30) with a forwardly projecting tubular needle (2) with an outermost end being formed with a conical obliquely cut knife edge cutting surface. A hair follicle is extracted through rotation of the cutting surface of the needle around a selected hair follicle at the target donor region of the scalp and implantation of the same at a selected recipient locus of the scalp being effected through initiating a forward stroke of a push rod (7) slidable within the interior of tubular needle (2) to implant the hair follicle into the scalp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Konstantinos P. Giotis
  • Patent number: 8512279
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a syringe (1) for use in spectroscopy to identify drugs within the syringe (8). The syringe comprises a optical window section (8) either integral with or attached to the syringe (1). The optical window section (8) has predetermined physical and optical properties that allows radiation to pass through in a known manner to facilitate spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Klein Medical Limited
    Inventor: Cornelis Kees Klein
  • Patent number: 8480700
    Abstract: A system for treating a target tissue includes (a) an instrument head sized and shaped for insertion into a hollow organ of a living body, the instrument head including a working chamber movable between an open position in which the working chamber is exposed to an exterior of the head and a closed position in which the working chamber is substantially sealed with respect to an exterior of the instrument head, the instrument head including a first imaging device having a field of view extending distally of a distal end thereof and a second imaging device having a field of view within the working chamber; (b) a handle which, during use, remains outside the living body, the handle including an actuator; (c) a steering mechanism coupled to the actuator for steering the instrument head within the hollow organ based on actuation of the actuator; and (d) a controller coupled to the first and second imaging devices for processing the image data received from the first and second imaging devices and providing images
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Adams
  • Patent number: 8465498
    Abstract: A device and method for applying tension to an area of skin, in particular for follicular unit removal and/or implantation in a hair transplantation procedure, is provided. The tensioning device comprises at least one body surface grabber capable of engaging the body surface, and the tensioning device is configured to be able to create tension on a body or skin surface by simply displacing the tensioning device as a whole in one general direction. The tensioning device may be secured, for example, to a patient chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford A. Oostman, Jr., James A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20130096600
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus for hair removal surgery includes an extraction module, a visualization component and a bridging component. The extraction module includes independently controllable coring and clipping devices. The visualization component acts to align a target hair follicle with the extraction module. The extraction module also includes at least one independently controllable suction port. The instrument also includes a dissection module having a tissue separating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: PILOFOCUS, INC.
    Inventors: Carlos K. Wesley, Trevor K. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8409230
    Abstract: A microfracture instrument for applying microfracture therapy to a bone, the microfracture instrument comprising: an elongated shaft comprising a distal end and a proximal end; a needle comprising a body terminating in at least one sharp point, the needle being movably mounted to the distal end of the shaft for movement between an extended position for engaging the bone with the at least one sharp point of the needle and a retracted position for withdrawing the at least one sharp point of the needle from the bone; and a drive shaft movably mounted to the elongated shaft, the drive shaft being connected to the body of the needle so that movement of the drive shaft relative to the elongated shaft moves the needle between its extended position and its retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pamichev, Julian Nikolchev, James R. Flom, Lynette Ross, Thomas Weisel, Matthew Frushell, William Kaiser
  • Patent number: 8388631
    Abstract: Devices and methods for applying tension to an area of skin are provided, for example, for follicular unit removal and implant in a hair transplantation procedure. The devices may include a frame with at least two skin contact members that hold to the skin. Also disclosed are various ways to apply a force displacing the skin contact members apart, thus creating tension in the skin. The devices and methods may incorporate suction, and/or barbs or microbarbs. The frame may surround the skin area with tensile forces applied outward in multiple directions or substantially uni-directionally. Adjusting members and indicators may be provided to control and display the tensile force applied to skin. The tensioning devices and methods may be incorporated into a robotic hair transplantation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford A. Oostman, Jr., Steven E. Jakubowski
  • Patent number: 8366731
    Abstract: An artificial hair transplantation method for implanting, directly or indirectly, artificial chemically synthesized filaments into the epidermal layer and the dermal layer of the human scalp features painless incisions and allows hair restoration to be attained in a short period of time, such as a few hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Ming-Jeng Chen, Yen-Chih Chen, Peng-Yu Chen
  • Publication number: 20120310267
    Abstract: A system and method for implanting follicular units (FUs) into a body surface while suppressing expulsion of previously-implanted FUs. The system is particularly useful to facilitate hair transplant procedures. FUs are implanted in a body surface from an implant tool or needle that may be incorporated within an automated or robotic system, or may form part of a semi-automated or even manual apparatus. An anti-popping member prevents expulsion of the FUs adjacent to the location at which an FU is being implanted. The anti-popping member may be carried on the implant device, or may be a flexible membrane applied to the body surface. If on the device, the anti-popping member may be arranged near the distal tip thereof and may be shaped and mounted so as to conform to uneven body surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Clifford A. Oostman, Robert L. Weglinski, Timothy J. Kirkley
  • Publication number: 20120289986
    Abstract: An artificial hair transplantation method for implanting, directly or indirectly, artificial chemically synthesized filaments into the epidermal layer and the dermal layer of the human scalp features painless incisions and allows hair restoration to be attained in a short period of time, such as a few hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Ming-Jeng Chen, Yen-Chih Chen, Peng-Yu Chen
  • Publication number: 20120245612
    Abstract: A hair implant anchor usable with a hair implant anchor deployment device for inserting one or more hairs into a tissue portion is provided. The hair implant anchor includes a holder configured to grip one or more hairs and one or more selectably deployable leaves formed with the holder. When the anchor is in its first configuration prior to implantation of the hairs, the leaves are constrained by the deployment device in a position generally parallel to an insertion axis, and in a second configuration, subsequent to implantation of the hair, the leaves adopt a position extended away from the insertion axis, thereby securing the holder and hair gripped thereby within the tissue portion. The invention also provides a method for use of the anchor, a hair implantation system, a multi-hair implantation system and a hair implantation assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: HAIRSTETICS, LTD.
    Inventors: Dvir Keren, Boaz Shenhav