Do you ever increase density to an area in anticipation that there will be some shock loss?
Maybe I”m off but if technicians are doing most of the procedure I would think the rate of transection would be high. I don’t know what kind of training they’ve had. I assume just in house training. Obviously they’re needed considering the number of grafts but it’s a concern of mine.
No one can predict shock hair loss from surgery precisely. As a general rule the younger you are (early 20’s) with active (noticeable) hair loss in the preceding months would be very concerning for shock hair loss. If one is in their 30’s and 40’s with no significant change in their hair status in the last several years the chances of shock hair loss will be less. This is further improved by being on Propecia / finasteride.
If one were to go ahead with a hair transplant surgery, we take all the above in to account and balance out the risks (shock hair loss) versus the benefit of (new hair growth).
We do overlap the “risky” areas where there may be future hair loss with additional hair. This is not necessarily anticipating shock hair loss but rather anticipating further natural genetic hair loss. So that as you age the transplants would naturally blend in with natural thinning. This is basically part of the global MASTER PLAN that we always talk about at New Hair Institute.
With respect to the technicians who assist with surgery, they are the ones responsible for dissecting the grafts and inserting the grafts. This is their MAIN job. They do their work better than any surgeon – which is painstakingly dissecting and separating each individual hair follicles under a microscope. It is a very detail oriented work that require years of practice. The transection rate under a good technicians’ hands are very low. Most of the technicians at New Hair Institute have more than 10 to 15 years of experience trained personally by Dr. Rassman.