Verteporfin Hair Transplant Surgery Trial With Dr. Bloxham
July 28, 2023 /
Seeking Scarless Hair Transplants With Donor Regeneration
On July 11th, 2023, Dr. Blake Bloxham completed a verteporfin trial in his New York office. The trial focused on testing verteporfin’s effect on minimizing scarring or potentially producing scarless healing during a hair transplant procedure. Dr. Bloxham treated three different patients undergoing FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) hair transplants with verteporfin. Some patients had prior hair transplant surgery and the testing focused more on scar revision; others were virgin patients and the testing involved treatment of new surgical excision sites. Small sections of scalp were surgically removed, treated directly with differing concentrations of verteporfin, and closed. Other untreated areas and prior scars were left alone to serve as comparison “controls.”
According to Dr. Bloxham, the trial was “thrilling” and went very well. Based on this experience, he plans to do more verteporfin testing in the future. Dr. Bloxham monitored the patients closely through the first week and recently reviewed their scalps after the surgical staples were removed. Though very early, he’s already noticing some interesting developments. He will provide an update on all the patient’s experiences and progress thus far, and plans on reviewing the healing areas on a monthly basis. Dr. Bloxham believes the real test will be how the appearance of the verteporfin-treated areas compares to the non-treated areas and prior scarred areas at 3-4 months out when traditional scar tissue begins to appear. Will the verteporfin treated areas appear different with less visible scar tissue? Follicle Thought will find out. We will be updating this article as Dr. Bloxham shares updates with us, similar to our previouscoverageof verteporfin in hair transplant surgery.
To our knowledge, this is the first test using verteporfin to treat linear scarring after an FUT hair transplant excision, and one of the first verteporfin scarring trials conducted on humans in North America. Below are some initial photos taken during the surgery atDr. Bloxham’s officein New York. We will be uploading photos depicting donor healing updates as we receive them, check back soon.