Hair Transplant Megasessions vs. Smaller Sessions

One of the concerns that many prospective hair transplant clients face is whether they should do one megasession or several smaller sessions. While not everyone is a good candidate for a megasession, they are becoming more popular. Both megasessions and smaller sessions have their disadvantages and advantages and understanding what each approach entails is important in order to make the right decision.

While every hair transplant doctor have their own definition of what a megasession is, it is usually over 2000 grafts for an FUE procedure and over 3000 grafts for a strip procedure. This means that anything under 2000 grafts is considered a smaller sessions. While most people have enough donor supply to have a smaller hair transplant session, far from everyone can do a megasession. The client needs to have enough donor hair in order to do a megasession.

Megasessions have several advantages that attract prospective hair transplant clients. Since more hair grafts are transplanted, a megasession could produce more dramatics results than a smaller session, and could also have more value, since choosing to get more grafts in one single session can lead to a discount. One single megasession over several smaller sessions also means that the client will have to spend less time overall on undergoing surgery.

There are several advantages to smaller sessions as well. If for some reason, the client is not happy with the first hair transplant, he or she would have the option of getting another hair transplant done somewhere else, before too much of the hair donor supply is wasted. Also, some clients become satisfied with a smaller session, which means there is no need to get a megasession, and money can be saved.

When it comes to disadvantages, some doctors believe that megasessions are the wrong approach to hair transplants, because they “rush” a long term process that needs time to develop. A megasession may not allow for the doctor to evaluate and reassess the results as he would with several smaller sessions. A long megasession could also mean that more grafts get damaged, and using a huge number of grafts may not leave enough hair for future hair transplant sessions. An obvious disadvantage to choosing several smaller sessions is that the client cannot be done as fast, and will need to devote more time to the process of hair transplantation. Smaller sessions can also add up and become more expensive, as discount is usually not given when choosing a smaller number of grafts.

It is important to remember that every hair transplant doctor have their very own approach to hair transplantation. Some doctors are comfortable performing megasessions while other doctors have a more conservative approach. A prospective hair transplant client who is unsure on which approach to choose can consult several different hair transplant doctors to see which solution feels right to them. Regardless of chosen method, choosing an experienced, well respected doctor is always critical when it comes to hair transplants.

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