Dr. Laris discusses how he determines the number of grafts necessary to thicken your hair.
When I look at a woman’s scalp to decide how much we need to do as far as follicular unit hair transplantation, we look at the area of loss, the area of remaining hair and what that remaining hair quality and texture is like.
We need to remove some of that hair and move it to the area of loss. If they are thinning from front to back, side-to-side every where they might not be a great candidate for full transplantation but actually we’ll do partial or covering transplantation.
We will take hair from the back or sides and put it in specific areas so that they can wear an exact hairstyle that makes their hair look good but maybe not another hairstyle. We are kind of cheating, trying to give them coverage that they wouldn’t have normally.
In women who have just a little bit of hair loss we are taking hair from the back or sides and transplanting that area fully so we can get them full coverage and they can wear their hair any way.
So when I look we talk to the woman about what she is expecting, what her expectations are most important to me but also what is achievable.
And so I need to look through their mind’s eye, try to see what they’d like to get from their transplantation and see if we can really accomplish that with the amount of hair that they have.
Surgically, we can always do as much hair as needed, but the problem is that we only have a limited amount of donors sometimes.
So it’s not about whether we are going to do five thousands grafts or ten thousand grafts, it’s how many hairs do we have to give to that area to fill because we are limited back here as well.
So the number of grafts we do in each session, the number of sessions needed to be done is determined by me but I do that depending on the patient’s expectation.
About Dr. Lee Laris, D.O.:
Dr. Lee Laris, D.O., is the Medical Director and Chief Cosmetic Surgeon of Phoenix Skin Medical Surgical Group in Phoenix, Ariz. Dr. Laris graduated from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., in 1981 and continued his education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif., where he received his Medical Degree in 1987. He completed his internship at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.