Doing More With Less

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So the theme of this podcast is doing more with less. Let's talk about what I mean by that. So this is oftentimes the case with many of our hair patients, and here's kind of the goal. If we were thinking about this from a pure mathematical sense, we want to do the most, we can with the amount of hair we're able to work with. And for most of our patients, it's gonna be a practical number you can do in a day. Um, maybe you can do 2000 grafts in a day, maybe a little bit more. Once you start going above that amount. I think the trauma, the time out of body, there's a whole multitude of issues. Why super mega cases sometimes are not the best results, especially when we've done those and looked at, you know, results of other doctors in the past. And I'll hear patients saying they've got 6,000 grafts a day.

First of all, there's not probably 6,000 years, you can donate runs. Uh, but that being said, uh, these mega sessions, um, tend to be at best okay. For patients. Um, and most of our patients don't want okay. So how do we do more with less? Um, well, the key is gonna be thinking about the hair in pure mathematical terms, pure, purely mathematically speaking, um, to treat the hair, there's a certain amount, this surface area you need to cover. And if you did this and we do this with our, um, robot ARTAS planning, you'll see how much hair we actually need to cover. And if you measure the hair times by the surface area, you're gonna come up with a number and that number can be, um, you know, 27, 40, um, square cm that need to be covered. So the problem here is how do you cover that with enough hairs?

Uh, if you're looking at that, the number that needs to be covered there to get the density that patients want, it's gonna be a tremendous number. Um, and so what do we do? The solution we have is actually innovative and different. We actually remove skin. How do we do it? Um, well it's a combination of approaches. We use a micro punch and the micro punch removes this small amount of skin each time or each spot, we're gonna be putting hair. Now we can't do this in every spot in every place we're doing that. If there's going in between hairs and there's existing hairs and stuff like that, microphone in the, in the front of the hairline, we can't do that as well. Uh, but the areas where there's basically no care, it's the best way instead of having to cover 24 cm, we might now only have to cover 14 square cm doing more with less.

And with 2000 grafts, I would've had 2000 grafts that are gonna look a lot better in 16 square cm than 4,000 auto body grafts, trying to cover that other aspect. Um, and now for patients who need to do this a, maybe a second time that they really want to go with that. Um, and if they need that, which is another, which is another big gift, it's gonna be a much easier process for them if they need that second procedure. Um, you know, for the patient who does 4,000, almost always, they're doing second procedures. So interesting phenomena here, talking about treating patients, doing more, doing more with less, um, way less trauma for patients able to cover more distances and a lot about that is gonna be about creating those sites, removing some of again and making it mathematically more feasible for our patients.