The Difference Between Legitimate F.U.E (Follicular Unit Extraction) Surgery & Cut-Price H.T.S.
Whether we use the Artas Robotic Technique, or Manual Techniques, At High Density Hair Transplants we use the ‘Selection’ process for extracting grafts containing the highest numbers of hairs, to give our patients as much density/volume as is available to them. Only using single and 2 hair grafts in the hairline/recession areas to replicate a softer, natural looking hairline.
To locate grafts with the higher hair content, our team uses magnifying ‘visors’ for the ‘manual’ technique and High Resolution Digital Imaging (which provides an unparalleled amount of visual detail of the donor area) when using the Artas Robotic Hair Transplanting System. This ensures are patients receive the highest possible number of hairs and maximum density/volume from their procedures.
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The estimated ‘harvest’ from 3000 grafts using the ‘Selection’ process is calculated at approximately 7800 hairs. This figure is calculated by multiplying the number of grafts x 2.6. – 2.6 hairs per graft is the average hair content of a Follicular Unit. A figure issued by the I.S.H.R.S (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery). Attributed to the more experienced HTS Doctors.
The vast majority of grafts on the average scalp are Single and Two hair grafts. Which is why the Clinics who don’t use the ‘Selection’ process and simply pluck them out ‘ad hoc’ generally ‘harvest’ an average of 2 hairs per grafts. So without the ‘Selection’ process 3000 grafts = 6000 hairs. A good 1800 hairs less than our expected harvest.
To achieve the figure of 6000 hairs, using the ‘Selection’ process we would use approximately 2308 grafts to achieve the same figure of 6000 hairs. So not only can the cheaper method of HTS produce up to 1800 hairs less than the ‘Selection’ process, It WASTES approximately 690 valuable grafts!!
I have lost count of the number of patients I have met who have faced running out of ‘donor’ grafts, preventing them from having further hair transplants to address their continuing hair loss. In fact, if you watch my final F.U.E. procedure, I too ran out of donor grafts! Not, I hasten to add by having low-density transplants but from having too many procedures over the years: Check it out: http://www.high-density-hair-transplants.co.uk/mals-final-fue-procedure
In fact, the ‘Selection’ process represents the difference between patient’s receiving good density/high volume results from their procedures and potentially having a ‘see-through’ result which often require a 2nd procedure to achieve the density/volume we can achieve in just 1 session.
The ‘Selection’ process takes much more time. Which is why using this technique costs a little more than those clinics who don’t offer this invaluable, legitimate process.
When considering which clinic to use, one should always ask the clinic how many hairs they expect to harvest from the number of grafts they recommend? If their charges are unusually cheap there’s always a reason why. As the old adage goes: You get what you pay for
To summaries: Harvesting 3000 grafts, using 2 hair grafts without the ‘Selection’ process = 6000 hairs. Harvesting 3000 grafts using the ‘Selection’ process = up to 7800 hairs.