i am considering getiing FUT done in the near future. i am from Ireland and there are limited surgeons here. one surgeon, has an excellent reputation, and an impressive bio, but limits his sessions to 1000. I would need about 2500 to 3000. what would be the reason for the limitation, and do you know of Doctors that also limit their sessions?
The limitation on the number of follicular units transplanted may be due to the limitations of the doctor’s staff and time. For example at New Hair Institute, we are capable of transplanting 3000-5000+ grafts in a day. This is possible because of our experienced staff, mastery of the tools we use, and techniques we have refined over many, many years. We were the first medical group in the world performing sessions of 1000, 2000, 3000 and even 4000 grafts (in 1994). The key to doing these larger sessions must address reasonable limits based upon each patient’s dynamics, skin laxity and supply/demand considerations. Then, the doctor’s team should become a focus and one should never push a doctor or his team to do more than they can competently handle. The level of competence with these large sessions varies between doctors.
If you are referring to Follicular Unit Extraction (some doctors may use different terms) where individual hair follicles are harvested one at a time, 1000 may be a reasonable number because it is a very laborious process, but here too, as the originator of the FUE process, we have performed as many as 2200 grafts in a single session in appropriate candidates. It is all a matter of experienced teams of doctors and staff working together after years of training. If your doctor is unwilling to perform a larger session, either stick with him/her and do more surgeries with smaller numbers of grafts or find another surgical team able to perform larger sessions with lots of experience doing them.