Thank you for sharing your time and expertise with the hair loss community. I’ve had three successful transplants with a prominent hair transplant surgeon between the years of 2003-2005. The graph count of all three sessions was approximately 5,200. Lately I’ve noticed hair transplant sites lauding the success of a few doctors who are able to surpass 5,000 graphs in one session. Surely I would have preferred to receive my 5,000 graphs in one session as compared to three. Did I receive optimal care by my physican or did he lack the skill, resources, and know-how to produce the results (5,000 graphs)in one session? Or, are there factors that make it necessary for a person to have three smaller sessions as compared to one larger one? I’m a 48 year old male. Thanks again!
Sometimes large sessions (5000+) may not be possible on some patients when the size of the bald area is small. If the size of the bald area is large, to get a large session you need three things:
- good laxity (looseness) of the donor scalp
- very good densities in the donor area
- a specialized surgical team capable of doing this work in less than 8 hours
You should always have a good, trusting relationship with your doctor. I cannot comment on optimal care and would not suggest that you received less than optimal care. Maybe your surgeon’s team is not capable of performing these large sessions in the ascribed time period. Maybe your scalp is too tight or your balding area is too small. If you describe your surgery to be a success and are pleased with the results, then that is the determinant for the quality you recieved and I would go by the results you obtained when compared to the expectations you had prior to starting the process.