The simple answer is yes. In fact many patients opt for more than one hair restoration. There are several reasons why:
- Massive hair loss such as in a Norwood Class VII almost guarantees at least two surgeries if not more than two. This is because there is a limit to how many grafts can be extracted safely from a strip/follicular unit transplant (FUT) in lieu of having a decent linear scar. The most extracted grafts from a strip surgery (personal experience with a clinic) was 4800 grafts. However this individual had an exceptionally high density per square inch of hair. There are “claims” of clinics that have reached 7000 grafts in one session however this would be a very rare occurrence… if at all possible. Most clinics will average between 2500 to 3500 grafts per very large hair restoration. After very large first sessions the next strips will have fewer and fewer amount of grafts per session. And eventually there is a stopping point because of the “tightness” of the scalp as more strip surgeries are performed.
- Cost can play a role in why a person might have two surgeries. The cost could be at a level that a patient can only afford to have the hair restoration in stages. We at Gulf Coast Hair Restoration try to accommodate everyone and their financial needs so that a person can get the maximum amount of grafts that are needed for a persons hair restoration.
- Previously poorly performed hair restoration from an inexperienced clinic is more common than you would realize. A poor yield from an inexperienced clinic leaves the person with the need to correct the issue by having a further transplant. Fortunately at our clinic we have two options of a hair restoration for those who have had previous multiple transplants. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is suited for those who can no longer have a strip excision.
- To finish soon…