'Follicular Units' can contain anything from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and even 6 hair grafts. At High Density Hair Transplant Clinic in Athens, Greece — our hair loss experts use the 'Selection' process of extracting grafts with the biggest number of grafts as possible. This affords our patients as much density/volume as possible during hair transplant surgery.
To locate these grafts, the hair loss surgeons at High Density use magnifying 'visors' for the 'manual' technique and High Resolution Digital Imaging (which provides an unparalleled amount of visual detail of the donor area) when using the Artas Robotic Hair Transplanting System. This ensures patients receive the highest possible number of hairs and maximum density/volume from their procedures.
The estimated 'harvest' from 3000 grafts using the 'Selection' process is calculated at approximately 7800 hairs. This figure is calculated by multiplying the number of grafts x 2.6. - 2.6 hairs per graft is the average hair content of a Follicular Unit. This formula is issued by the I.S.H.R.S (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery).
The vast majority of grafts on the average scalp are single and contain two hair grafts. The clinics who don't use the 'Selection' process generally 'harvest' an average of 2 hairs per grafts. So, without the 'Selection' process it is 3000 grafts = 6000 hairs. This is nearly 1800 hairs less than our expected harvest.
To achieve the figure of 6000 hairs using the 'Selection' process, our top hair transplant team in Athens would use approximately 2308 grafts — to achieve the same figure. Not only does the cheaper method of HTS produce 1800 hairs less than the 'Selection' process, it also wastes approximately 690 valuable grafts!
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Here at High Density Hair Transplant Clinic in Athens, we have lost count of the number of patients we have met who have faced running out of 'donor' grafts — preventing them from having further hair transplants to address their continuing hair loss. In fact, if you watch my final F.U.E. procedure, we ran out of donor grafts, too.
The 'Selection' process represents the difference between patient's receiving good density/high volume results from their procedures and potentially having a 'see-through' result which often require a 2nd procedure to achieve the density/volume, which our team can achieve in just 1 session. The 'Selection' process takes much more time, which is why using this technique costs a little more than those clinics who don't offer this invaluable, legitimate process.
When considering which hair transplant clinic to use, one should always ask the clinic how many hairs they expect to harvest from the number of grafts? If their charges are unusually cheap, there's always a reason why. As the old 'adage' goes —'You get what you pay for'!
To summarize, harvesting 3000 grafts using 2 hair grafts without the 'Selection' process = 6000 hairs. Harvesting 3000 grafts using the 'Selection' process = up to 7800 hairs.