This is in response to Unethical Graft Counting â€” Avoid the Scam!
That’s scary! I have a related question – do you think these Doctors â€œwasteâ€ grafts or do they cut thin strip containing less number of grafts to begin with? i.e., cut 3000 grafts from â€œdonorâ€ area and put only 1000 grafts on balding areas to save labor cost? or, Do they cut a strip with ~1000 grafts and put 1000 on head.
If it’s the later, at least the patients will have the grafts for a later surgery. If the later, the doctors are worse than Bernie Madoff!
Having been through 3 surgeries, one good way to approximately estimate how many grafts were implanted was to count (a) number of hours and (b) number of technicians putting those grafts on your head. For 1640 grafts HT â€” it took 2 techs@NHI about 5 hours (excl lunch break); for 1850 grafts HT â€” it took 3 techs about 6 hours; for 1400 grafts HT â€” it was about 4 hours for 2 techs. I don’t know if these are somewhat standard.
The question is really whether or not you always get what comes out of the head. Most hair transplant doctors will be close to the graft estimate when cutting the strip, but what if the doctor got more grafts than you paid for? Does he/she throw the extras in the garbage? This is a matter of ethics and you must know that your doctor cares about your hair supply and does not waste it. Everyone has a finite amount of donor hair, and to throw those precious follicles away would be awful. If you have an ethical and honest doctor, the doctor will ALWAYS do things in your interest, even if it means giving you more than you paid for. But if he scams patients as a way to make his living, a skunk should be known by his smell.
As for speed of your procedure — all technicians are not created equal. Some are efficient and fast, while others are just the opposite.