This hair loss question was answered by Dr. Glenn Charles of Florida who is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians. His professional answer is below.
Is it common for a hair transplant doctor to allow his technicians to place all of the grafts after the physician makes the recipient sites? I am finding that even the top doctors recommended on the Hair Transplant Network and Hair Loss Learning Center let their techs place all of the grafts.
The amount of technician involvement in hair transplant surgery varies greatly among the many hair restoration physicians.
There is a common denominator that probably has a significant impact on the actual results. This is the experience of the person who is doing the graft placement. Some technicians can learn this procedure quickly and others may take a long time to get the feel for it. It is up to the hair loss doctor to be able to recognize which staff members have this ability. It is common for some technicians to be better at cutting vs placing and visa versa.
The key is to not have someone perform a task that they are not capable of. I personally think that the most critical area of graft placement is the hairline. This area should have direct doctor involvement. Also, every graft should be checked for proper depth and angulation by the doctor before any patient leaves the surgical hair restoration suite.
Dr. Glenn Charles, D.O.