Is It Better to Get Multiple Hair Transplant Sessions?
Written by Hair Transplant Surgeon Ali Emre Karadeniz
Publish Date: 30.11.2019
Most hair loss cases require so much work that this work exceeds what can be done over one surgical session. Trying to speeding up that process results in lowering the quality and the success of that surgical session.
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I'm going to try to answer a frequently encountered request that I get from patients: "I want to have one hair transplant for the maximum grafts, get all the problems solved and never need another one".
Most hair loss cases require so much work that this work exceeds what can be done over one surgical session. Trying to speeding up that process results in lowering the quality and the success of that surgical session. Often times we use up all the working hours in the day - that's eight to nine hours for each patient - and there is still work left to be done. We can't try to do more by speeding up the process two to three times and doing more grafts. The result of that would be getting poor growth, donor damage, wasted grafts and unnatural appearance.
I understand that patients want to get everything done at once that will cost them less, they don't have to go through all this again but the results of that request are actually not in the patient's favor. What's going to happen is a lot of wasted grafts, donor damage, scarring and unnatural appearances.
Unprofessional clinics almost always give positive answers to that kind of requests and offer to fix all the problem at once to get the patient in. In other words two things happen: one is that they make promises that are actually unrealistic and the other thing is they will do a much "careless" surgery than required. Therefore requesting to have one hair transplant for the maximum grafts and fix all everything at once is actually practically the same thing as saying "I want a bad clinic".
On the other hand, professional clinics, good quality clinics never offer to do everything in one session. If you have wide baldness, they'll usually tell you "Okay, I'm gonna work in the front half or only in the crown area or only in the hairline" and they're going to try and fix some of that problem but properly. They will frequently tell you that "you may need more sessions".
Although it sounds natural to request the maximum amount of hair transferred and do everything and once, it doesn't exactly work that way and you may lose quality by asking for that.
Written By Dr. Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD, PhD
Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD (Dr. K) is the only American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery Certified Turkish plastic surgeon. He has performed over 3000 hair operations. He is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). Her performs hair restoration surgery at AEK Hair Clinic in Istanbul, Turkey.