» Hi Jo,
» If a dr. claims to be using the lateral slit technique but used needles
» instead of custom flat blades, would one still get the same results and if
» no please give us your opinion.
» Furthermore , would you be able to say “I am using the lateral slit
» techique using needles”
The lateral slit technique, by definition, requires the use of custom flat blades cut from medical razor blades matched up to the length and width of the target grafts to be placed. The whole concept, as defined by Dr. Hasson and Dr. Wong, is not just the use of a blade vs. a needle but rather a specific approach to hair restoration.
If one is using needles they cannot say that they are using the lateral slit technique with any truth. All they can say at most is that they are making their incisions in a coronal fashion (perpendicular to hair direction) as opposed to a sagittal fashion (parallel to hair direction).
And to answer part one of your question, again, no. With blades used properly one has better control over the angle and direction and there is no pitting or cobblestoning to be had. This is only a qualified statement if everything is done properly.