Is 3,500 grafts too much in a single procedure? One surgeon is saying he can do this for me. Others recommended only 1,600?
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Pick the best surgeon, not the number or the price. A bad hair transplant is like herpes. You carry it for life.
Don't focus on the number of grafts recommended. A great surgeon can make you look great with half the number. (Just making a point in general.. not specific to your needs)
Don't focus on the cost of the surgeon. Focus on the doctor's results. See the doctor's patients in person.
In the end, do your research, due diligence, and trust your instincts.
See the link below for a detailed view of how to pick your doctor:
Selecting a doctor for any medical need has many common rules. You should look for a doctor who:
- Is caring and compassionate.
- Takes an interest in you as an individual.
- Takes the time to learn about your problem, listens to you and does not lecture you by imposing his/her views upon you.
- Is willing to educate you and bridge the gap between his/her knowledge and yours.
- Has excellent credentials in the specialty field you need.
- Has built a reputation of excellence in the field based on their results, and are recommended by family, friends, patients, or a physician that you trust.
Number of grafts
Deciding Graft Numbers for a Hair Transplant
Regarding the number of grafts required to cover the area, some have recommended 1600 to you perhaps may be they think that an adequate cover can be achieved with this very number but the other surgeon because of his ability to harvest more number of grafts would have recommended higher number of grafts.
You can check the videos gallery of that clinic and get an idea of how many grafts does he normally take out.
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Gigasession Hair Transpalnt
1. Your demand: How much hair you need
2. Your supply: What is your density of hair and laxity (in strip procedures)
If your supply is good you have to understand that your demand is not only determined by the bald area, but at time surgeon needs to fill the transitional areas that you will be going to lose hair in those areas. That is to make sure you keep a full head of hair for many years to come.
You need to talk to your doctor and ask the reason for the number of grafts and try to get a good understanding of which area will be covered with what kind of density. Perfoming hair transplants with larger number of grafts (megsessions and gigasessions) are commonly done and recommended and there is no reason that we think the grafts may not take as good as when we transplant small number of grafts.
How to Decide on Graft Numbers for a Hair Transplant
How many grafts
The number of grafts always depends on the surface area that needs treatment and the density you place the grafts.
Of course, you must have a suitable donor area to build a lower hairline that might require 3500 or more grafts.
go with the best surgeon. there are no great opportunities to "do over" with hair transplants. Cost is not the issue. Quality is the issue. Choose the best quality and go with that.
Choosing surgeon and number of grafts for hair transplant
How many grafts do I need?
if the area needing to covered includes the whole area in front of a line across the top of your scalp then 3000 is the minimum required and probably more if the doctor wants to maximize the number of grafts safely packed per square area
Is it too much?
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