Lunchtime procedure? This is a surgery. A very delicate, lengthy process. An FUE procedure with roughly 2,000 grafts takes 8-12 hours for me to perform. How much area you can cover depends on your donor zone and donor density.
Plan on a full day for over 1000 grafts.
You start in the morning and you end around lunch time.
The area of coverage depend on the number of grafts.
Let's start off my asking the question differently, How long would 2000 graft FUE take to perform from the beginning to the end of the procedure? We perform two types of FUE procedures. (1) The manual FUE which we have been doing since the mid-1990s and this is the fastest procedure where 2000 grafts would take a total of about 5 hours. IF we use our ARTAS robot, it increases the time by about 3 hours to 8 hours, on average, This requires that there are no previous FUE procedures.
From our team, for about 3000 grafts, we take 9-10 hours. A typical surgery starts at 08:30 and ends at around 18:00.
Definitely not a lunch time procedure!
FUE is very meticulous and with our current technology it may take 6-10 hours for an average procedure of 1500-2000 grafts. The coverage you get with a FUE procedure has to do with the characteristics of your donor hair, and number of grafts that you need to discuss with your hair transplant surgeon.