An interesting question was asked by a user. He had noticed that we can use up to 8 assistants during a FUE megassion, whereaas most FUE docs only have 1 or 2 assistants.
Regardless strip or FUE, when it comes to megassesions there are litteraly thousands of actions that need to be performed. In order to execute large sessions within a reasonable time frame for both patient and his grafts (max 12 hours) a lot of hands are needed.
In our institute we have basically a morning team and an afternoon team.
The morning team consists out of the dr. and 3 or 4 assistants.
The assistants first job is to prepare the treatment room. Checking if all tools and other required materials are present.
Our drs (dr. De Reys) performs all the scoring of the FU during large sessions. Obviously he also takes care of the numbing of the donor area before commencing the extractions.
During the extractions one of his assistants helpts collecting the grafts from the skin.
In some cases a second assistant will help to stabilize the patients skin. This is a crucial task because some patients skin will ‘float’ and the skin needs to be fixated.
A third and somethimes fourth assistant will be in charge of counting/sorting the grafts. Furhtermore they will prepare single hair grafts under the microscope if this is required.
They come in around lunch time. Mainly these girls are dedicated implanters. We plant using 2 or sometimes 3 technicians simultaniously. One assistant is devoted with our moisturizing protocol (crucial when doing FUE). All of these assistants are implanters and they can take over from one another when someone gets tired, or worse gets sick. A backup implanter is not a luxury in a world where the law of Murphy is lurking.
I hope this clears some things up.