Time to resurrect this thread. More important than the total number of FUs available by FUE is the number of hairs. Also some discussion on the area of donor we can harvest should be interesting.
Here's a fascinating article by Dr. Cole on donor areas, density and what can be extracted.
Interestingly for the first 3000 FUs extracted by FUE the average number of hairs per FU is 2.9 as the surgeon can cherry pick the best grafts. Thus a 3000 FUE grafts (Dr. Rahal and Dr. Feriduni have performed such numbers in a FUE megasession) can produce 8700 hairs. Compare this to a FUT strip of 3000 which produces about 6000 hairs.
If 50% extraction by FUE over time is possible (I think 35 to 40% seems more realistic in practice but maybe I'm wrong) then Dr. Cole says the range for caucasians is 5513-12058 FUs and the mean is 8321. Seems like a lot to me.
Just a note about this paper. Since Dr. Cole wrote this we know that London Lad has had more than 11200 in 2 strips and still has more donor.
I also came across a fascinating case recently and I would be really keen to hear Dr. DeYarman's thoughts on it. This Dr. Rahal patient has had just over 3000 FUE into a small area up front. I could not believe this. The only way to justify this is to say that yes, 7000-8000 FUE is possible, or they will need to undergo strip in the future or finasteride can maintain indefinitely. You'll actually have to google Dr. Rahal 3000 FUE to find this case as I won't be allowed to link to the site because it's the HTN. Were 3000 FUE really transplanted?
This seems extremely aggressive to me but if the numbers can be harvested in the future or a lot of native hair can be maintained then it will be an incredible result. Dr. Rahal has worked with Dr. AA FUE let's call him, albeit back in the FUT days but I still think that Dr. Rahal won't merely put 3000 in such a small area to make the patient happy. He wouldn't be a member of the IAHRS otherwise. I think this could be a mega result as Dr. Rahal's skill is incredible.
Thanks for your time guys. Thoughts anyone?