Hello Dr. Rassman and Staff
I am norwood 3 pushing 4. I recently had a FUHT with a very respected surgeon. I was transplanted 1500 grafts and ended up having a few hundred grafts left over after all of the desired areas were filled in. The left over grafts were placed behind the newly placed ones in the healthier hair. These grafts ended up being preventative grafts. This minor mistake was done by accident but if you know your likely to lose the hair why isn’t it a common practice to transplant more grafts for major preventative measures? (Initially we even planned for some preventative grafts but it ended up being more than what was planned.)
I have objected to preventive hair transplants for many years, because they line the doctor’s pocket with money and do not offer much for the patient. Preventive hair transplantation is quite common and many times they induce further hair loss.
On the other hand, extra grafts are not uncommon… and when I have them, I increase the density in the transplanted area. A well planned surgery should have predicted the ‘overage’ of grafts. When I see doctors performing preventive hair transplantation, I add them to my personal “bad doctor list” (which I never share with anyone).