A patient came to see me last week asking about multiple, short Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures for his frontal hairline, eventually totaling 1400 grafts. He is a busy attorney and wants to have his hairline restored, but did not have the time to get it done. He went to a doctor who told him that he could come in after court every 2-3 weeks, and get 200 FUE grafts placed into the frontal hairline. As an attorney who does not trust anyone at first glance, he came to me for a second opinion. Money was not an issue, but the charge would be $2,000 for each procedure.
I told him that this did not seem like a good idea to me. If he had 1400 grafts total over 7 sessions just two-three weeks apart, the hair would fall out between the surgeries and the surgeon could not see where the previous transplants were placed, therefore possibly causing damage. I also believe that 7 surgeries are not as good as one, but if he insisted on multiple surgeries, he must wait 7-8 months between the surgeries so that the previous grafts would not be damaged. It is possible that two surgeries spaced 2-3 weeks apart (one on the right side and one on the left side) might be able to harvest 500-700 grafts through an FUE surgery, but he would have to keep his hair long.
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