Thanks for the great site and the time you put into it. I have a couple questions. First of all, I watched the episode of John and Kate plus Eight and thought it was very informative.
I would like to ask that when you make the sites for the grafts, how deep do you go into the scalp? Second question, I receive finasteride from a doctor here in Canada. The pills are a capsule not a tablet. Do you have any knowledge of finasteride being sold in capsules? I’m just curious if i’m getting the real thing.
I do not know about the capsule form of finasteride. There are many phony drugs on the market. Only Propecia, which has a distinct look (see photo at right), is guaranteed to contain 1mg of finasteride, because the drug company Merck controls the patent on it and no one else can legally manufacture and sell it in North America. The only way is to send it off to a laboratory for analysis.
With respect to how deep I make the incision (or holes) — they are about 5mm-6mm deep, which is about the length of the hair follicle. Some people (like Asians) have longer follicles than Caucasians. One of the most important jobs of the surgeon is to make sure that the incisions are uniform and deep enough to take the full follicular unit, as well as control the direction and the angle of the incisions. The hairs will grow in the direction that the incision was made. Sometimes when doctors do not make the correct angle, your hair may grow out in an improper direction making it difficult to manage and may be unnatural looking.