I think it important to point out that the numbers being talked about here, in relation to what the patient “needs” according to another poster and what is possible in reality are two separate issues.
To clarify, we perform strip, and we do it better than anyone on the planet. Cocky? Maybe. Confident? Absolutely. This is because I continually see on an almost daily basis patients coming in to see us after they have had their final results grow in and I swear to all of you that when combing through their hair with the proverbial and literal fine tooth comb WE cannot see what is transplanted and what is not. That is why we are the only clinic in the world that uses HD video to capture a comb through when we show our video results. Know of anyone else that does this in such detail? No.
We also do the biggest sessions in the world on a regular basis with the average sized session being roughly 4000 grafts. Averages being what they are we do many sessions that are much smaller, in the 1500 to 2000 range and of course many that are in the five thousand plus range and all points in between. With this experience we believe that the average patient (average donor density and laxity) has roughly 6500 to 8500 grafts available over “x” number of procedures. I, Londonlad and Nicnitro among others are anomalies to say the least so our numbers should not be expected in the long run and certainly not in the short run.
In my case, I had two mini-graft sessions in my early twenties that left two stacked (one above the other) half centimeter or greater donor scars in the back of my head. In those days, I was anti-hair transplant more than any of you. What allowed me to get so many grafts with Dr. Wong was what he called my “mutant laxity”. My donor density was average at best. You can read my entire journey here…
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Nicnitro (10K plus in two sessions) and LondonLad as well as others that are not public have received 10K plus because they had extraordinary donor density (120cm2 or more) and extraordinary donor laxity. These are great cases and fantastic eye candy but no one and I mean NO ONE should ever expect to come to our clinic or any other for that matter and expect to get 10K grafts much less 13K. If it happens, gravy. These cases highlight what is possible with the best doctors if you have the best characteristics coming in to begin with.