For individuals with a high Norwood pattern, Nw4 and above a normal goal is to cover as much of the balding surface area as possible and ideally in a single session to achieve a result in one pass
The terms Mega and Giga sessions have been used to denote the large movement of grafts in a single session; much is dependent on the quality of the donor zone characteristics on how many grafts can be removed safely and maintain the quality of the donor area as best as possible
Individuals suffering from advanced Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) will require anything from 4000 to maybe as much as 8000 plus grafts or follicular units to achieve total restoration; some candidates will not be able to achieve these numbers due to deficiencies in the donor hair safe zone, other may require multiple sessions
Technical ability and planning is required to ensure the grafts can be harvested, divided into the natural follicular units, the recipient sites made and the placement of the grafts administered efficiently. This requires a skilled team that work together and understand each other’s role within the process
A hair consultation can measure the quality of the donor safe zone and the recipient area to be covered, from this the plan can be made; when researching always request to see a number of results the clinic has achieved with high graft numbers to ensure they have a consistency and proven track record in achieving restoration on advanced hair loss candidates
A master plan must be made between patient and doctor to ensure this can be achieved and if there are any compromises they are calculated and agreed upon; for example the overall density that can be placed from hair line to crown
The patient must also be prepared when undergoing a large hair transplant procedure; the day will be relatively long and the individual will need the virtue of patience to allow the medical team to perform the operation with efficiency but care
Prior to any surgery the donor and recipient area will have their best properties; the donor having the best density, laxity, no scarring and the recipient has also never been touched or impaired.
Large hair transplants when performed to the highest standard allows the individual to achieve the maximum aesthetic result in the shortest time frame, less down-time away from work and excuses to friends, family and colleagues, as well as it being financially more agreeable to the wallet.