Many hair loss sufferers who visit our educational hair loss forum community quickly become mesmerized by extremely large hair transplant megasessions sometimes referred to as “ultra megasessions”. Given that the reduced number of sessions needed in patients who are candidates for such large sessions, there’s no doubt as to why it’s often the procedure of choice for patients.
But there is a problem. Many are under the terrible misconception that sessions between 4000 and 5000+ true follicular unit grafts are the norm rather than the exception. While a physician’s skill and the size and experience of their staff are vital to be able to provide this type of procedure, these ultra megasessions are reserved for balding patients with exceptional donor characteristics even in the most skilled hands.
Many balding men and women would like to be a candidate for a “one and done” hair restoration procedure. However, these single “wow” transformations aren’t always possible nor are they always within a physician’s control. Additionally, though ultra megasessions often produce a “wow” result, they don’t always. Sometimes smaller hair replacement sessions can produce a “wow” result, even in a larger bald area. Does this mean that a particular surgeon does better work? This often is the typical but usually wrong conclusion drawn by some visiting our online community.
The skill of a surgeon varies widely as do their results. However, when selecting among the best physicians, such as those among the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, an impressive transformation in one session often means some if not all of the patient variables are more optimal in one case than another. Frankly, it’s unfortunate, that quality doctors are sometimes chastised for a less than “wow” transformation due to a patient’s limitations.
It would be easy for hair loss doctors to present only cases where patients had optimal characteristics. However, it’s simply not realistic to expect that even the best doctors can produce a “wow” transformation all the time, let alone in a single procedure. Some patients just have too much baldness and too little donor and thin hair.
For those patients considering hair transplant surgery, we recommend doing extensive research and consulting with at least 3 highly esteemed physicians to learn more about the procedure, how it works, and to develop the best plan for you. And though you may have the amount of baldness to indicate an ultra megasession might be right for you, don’t be fooled into thinking that every patient is a candidate for this advanced procedure.
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