Megasessions, Giga sessions are phrases given to very large hair transplant procedures. That is much larger than the average sessions carried out. Previously, it was used to explain large FUT – Follicular Unit Hair Transplant procedure of 3500-4000 plus grafts. But more recently the terms have been used for the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures.
FUE removes hair units, technically called follicular units. From around the back and sides of your head. They should be cleaned and check and then placed over the area of hair loss.
Traditionally, FUE has been a slow technique to perform. Largely due to the slow extraction process. One by one by a manual hand-held punch. This meant with an experienced FUE specialist around 1500 grafts could safely be removed in a one-day session. With between 2500-3000 over two consecutive day session.
It was always considered by experienced hair transplant Doctors to cap the number of grafts removed in one procedure. Traditionally this was always around 2500-3000 grafts. The reasons being were to limit the number of open wounds. Too many would hamper the healing process. In both the donor and recipient area. Also, importantly, removing too many grafts in would mean over harvesting the donor. Leaving patchy hair growth. Large hair-less areas. Damaging the remaining hair and making future hair transplant difficult.
Regardless of what new techniques are used, the maths is the maths
In recent years the graft numbers have increased. Somehow the donor hair can now give many more grafts than previously. Not to the detriment or consequences to the scalp. Scarring or future hair growth or loss. True? ..No.
With FUE the donor surface area size never changes. It always remains the same dimensions around the back and sides of the head. All that changes is the amount of hair that is removed. As a result, how much hair is left in the area. The more hair removed the less hair remains. Obviously.
What´s the problem anyway with large FUE sessions? I don´t care if the sides look thin
Hair loss is progressive. The average person will have at least two hair transplants. As a result, planning is important. To ensure natural coverage can be achieved. Now and long-term.
You may not care initially if the donor area looks a little thin or patchy. You may simply shave the remaining hair to zero. But this will expose the damage to the skin. Pitting of the skin surface.
When researching it is important to take the opinion of a variety of hair restoration Clinics to ensure you can build a plan and understand what is possible opposed to what is promised. A hair transplant online consultation is a good first step to seeking advice and being able to question the techniques offered by a clinic. Happy Researching!