Are there any hair transplant doctors in North America that routinely do 4500 – 5000+ follicular unit grafts in one session?
The question of single mega-sessions comes up a lot on our hair restoration discussion forums. The danger of this question is that typically the skill level of the hair transplant doctor comes into question.
Most of our coalition doctors do megasessions of 3000 follicular unit grafts on a regular basis.
However, doing a 4500-5000 megasession is hardly routine for any hair transplant physician. Of course it’s possible, but there are a number of variables that come into play. Below are a few:
- Skill level of the hair transplant doctor
- Size of the staff of the hair transplant clinic
- Donor hair density of the patient
- Donor laxity of the patient
- Philosophy of the hair transplant surgeon
Certainly as you can see above, the skill level of the physician certainly plays a significant role – however, one must be careful not to draw false conclusions about a hair transplant doctor’s level of ability if they typically do smaller sessions.
On the flip side – one must be careful about hair transplant doctors who set a maximum limit of grafts he/she will extract as a general rule – especially those 2000 grafts and under. This does not not necessarily mean they are a poor surgeon however, it does suggest that they are limited in their ability to provide state of the art hair transplantation.
Personally, I have a tendency to lean toward the larger single sessions personally, but a case can be made for subsequent smaller sessions.
If you are looking for a large megasession because you have a significant amount of hair loss however, my advice would be to search for and view before/after photos of hair transplant patients who have had these types of sessions. Find a hair transplant physician that consistently impresses you and then consult with them. I recommend at least 3 consultations. Just keep in mind that just because patient X received 5000 grafts doesn’t mean that you will have the same donor characteristics to be able to achieve the same numbers.
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