if this is answered in your blogs forgive me and just send a link. i am clear i want a ht. i have done much research and am still meeting with docs. i can do in thailand, uk, usa. my one reservation has been the scarring and after effect, plus temporary nerve damage on the head. after realising FUE could be done in a megasession i feel this is it for me, (told i need 3-4000 hairs/grafts). as i research so many are careful, sceptical of it. i have come across you (dr. Rassman) and dr. cole. i understand a skilled physician is necessary. will FUE of 3-4000 grafts megasession handle it for me (norwood 3v to a 4)? do you recommend it more than strip or not? is it a very viable option? with dr. cole or you? thank you.
A skilled physician is necessary for any surgery you have, and one that specializes in the cosmetic surgery you’re looking into is absolutely something I’d recommend. If you’re asking me whether you should go to me for your hair transplant or go to another surgeon, well, I think the answer would be pretty obvious. However, I cannot recommend surgery options for you at this point, as I have not examined you or know of your medical history. Everyone is different and all surgery has its risks and benefits (FUE vs strip, etc).
What I can tell you is that I have never performed a 3000 to 4000 graft follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure in one session. I think I can say this with some authority, as I was the one who introduced the FUE technique to the international community in 2002, but an FUE procedure of that size will likely lead to a higher transection rate due to physician fatigue.
I realize it has been 8 years since the technique was introduced and other physicians have performed and tried to perfect the technique, but there are factors that the general public do not know of in such surgery. To the general public, FUE sounds slick and the best of all worlds (you get hair with minimal scarring). But there are some thing you need to look out for. Please read about these in my post from a few years back — What Doctors Don’t Want You to Know About FUE.