One must not discount the impact of wounds and below the skin scaring on future FUE procedures. Simply, as each graft is removed scarring will occur. Adjacent follicular units as well as future yields in future sessions may be impacted by these scars unless the doctor moved out of the permanent zone. Many doctors promote FUE as a ‘scar-less’ surgery yet it is clear that such procedures can not be ‘scar-less’. Although small and pinhole like, FUE scars are visible when the donor area is clipped very short or shaved. Every patient must be fully aware of the tradeoffs between traditional linear scarring and FUE scarring.
The Future of the FUE Megasession:
Large FUE sessions have become routine for some doctors who decide to specialize only in this procedure. We remain skeptical however, that this type of procedure is for every patient (it certainly costs more than traditional strip harvesting) especially in non-caucasians who have had previous hair transplants, in Asians who have lower density hair concentration and in most Africans. We also remain skeptical that every surgeon will be willing or able to develop the special skills required or commit the type of time and concentration required and too many surgeons will extend the surgery into the non-permanent zone to push the numbers higher to make more money for themselves.
The Megasession is being routinely performed in our offices. We often show one of our FUE patients at our open house events. Please check with our office if you plan on coming to an open house to be sure that a patient will be present.
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