So i had a hair transplant of 2192 grafts on Monday, Aug 29. Almost all were on the front of my head, temples, sides, etc. A few were placed in the back of my head where I am thinning in just a few spots. Last night, Sunday was six days later. I was scratching what I thought was just dried blood. As far as I know, only one graft came out. There was no bleeding but definitely a graft. I am very OCD and picked around on some dried bloody spots, mostly trying to not touch the graft or follicles. This went on for 15 minutes. But I am wondering if the bulb or whatever will make the hair grow fastest will stay in the head at day 6.5 if the graft is pulled out. I was pulling out what i thought was dried blood so it was pulling more than picking with fingernails. Again, i dont recall any blood. Please give me your best advice. I am done picking or pulling back there. Also, please don't be rude if respond! Thanks so much, BEN
I had a hair transplant 2 days ago. Today a graft came out,3 hairs closely knit together. Is it possible that the bulb still stayed in scalp? There was no bleeding. I was being very gentle. It had been exactly 48 hours after transplant and I was dabbing the graft gently. I want to know if I lost the graft forever or if part of the hair could have stayed in the head. 48 hours is quite early to shed naturally. Please answer honestly with your best opinion. -Benjamin
I am considering a number of Hair transplant surgeons for an FUE treatment. I previously had a FUT (strip) procedure performed in 2010. Now I want FUE, because strip is terrible and dont want to go through that again. However strip has a high graft survival rate. FUE not so high. Which option is best and by what percentage for 4000 grafts FUE.
1. 4000 Grafts in one mega session with micro motor extraction
2. 2000 a day Grafts over two days with micro motor extraction
3. 4000 grafts over 3 days with manual extraction
The first being the cheapest. Costing one third of the cost of the third option. It wouldnt be reasonable to pay three times as much for 10% higher survival rate / yield.
With the first option blood flow is cut off to 40% of the grafts for more than 3 hrs to 20% of the grafts for more than 5hrs
In the second option all grafts are planted within 4hrs, the third option within 2-3hrs. Does this make any difference?
The shorter the length of time grafts are outside the body before implanting the higher percentage survival rate.
I have discounted procedures with several surgeons because after further investigation I have established that they do not carry out the entire extraction and implantation personally.
This was on occasion only found out through patients personal experiences posted on various forums.
You are after all basing your decision on the reputation of the surgeon.
Technicians are not reviewed by name so it is almost impossible to gauge your potential end result.although many are very skilled.
Whilst I would choose a surgeons total involvement method I have a question regarding the length time grafts are out of the body.
With my preferred method of the surgeon carrying out all extractions and implantation this will slow the whole procedure down in comparison to a team of technicians doing extractions and implanting.
Based on a surgeon extracting all grafts in the morning and then implanting all in the afternoon.
So for example the first graft was extracted at say 8.30am and it was the last one to be implanted at say 5pm that is a long time to be out of the body(worst case scenario)
The best case scenario would be that a graft was extracted just before lunchtime and implanted just after.so you see you can have a difference of say 30 minutes to 8.5 hours!
If grafts were used in rotation ie. first out/first in then that would give a standard out of the body time of approx 4 hours for every graft,but I cannot see that possible in practice due to different size grafts being needed at different times of the procedure.
Could the 1st half of the morning be extractions and the 2nd half to lunchtime be implantation? repeat for the afternoon 1st half extraction 2nd half implantation?
This would potentially reduce the time grafts are out of the body by half.
The only consideration I have with this approach is the anesthetic having to be administered in both donor and recipient areas in very short succession,but it would only be for half the normal area so it may not matter.
Any thoughts from patients and surgeons would be appreciated.