Question: Over the years, I have had multiple hair transplant surgeries and my last procedure was for 1500 grafts. My Doctor said I would be able to have another procedure for more density but I'm hesitant. I asked him about the donor area and how many procedures it can handle and he mentioned my donor site is good for another. Is there a limit? Can the scalp really take this much stretching without any issue?
Answer: For those experiencing significant hair loss, it is typical that more than one hair transplant session is needed for maximum density. While this may vary from patient to patient, generally the scalp is very strong and adaptable - after the first hair transplant procedure, for example, the flexibility of the skin should return to normal within the first six months to a year after the procedure.
After more than one hair transplant procedure, however, the laxity of the scalp may decrease. Another issue with multiple hair transplant procedures, whether it's Follicular Unit Extraction or Strip Harvesting, is its affect on the donor site area of the scalp (the area where the follicles are extracted for transplantation.) Although the donor follicular units are the strongest on the scalp and the most ideal for transplantation, the donor site area may appear thinner or less dense over time from over-harvesting of follicular units.