I am in my 40s and have had FUT twice, both times with very high yield and good cosmetic results. I have had a bit over 3,000 total grafts total. My FUT scar in the back of my head also came out well. The scar itself is thin and is pretty hard to detect, even if I cut my hair short. Sometimes I think about having a third FUT. I have a decent amount of donor hair left. How risky is it for me to have a 3rd FUT surgery if the first two went well? Am I risking ruining my good results to date? What are the chances I could get a good FUT scar on the third surgery if the first two went well? Does my chance of a bad FUT scar increase with each subsequent procedure? Should I quit while I am ahead or push for another procedure if I want more hair on top? Thanks for your help, and many thanks for baldingblog. It is very well done and helpful.
3,000 grafts is most likely less than half of your donor supply, assuming that you are a typical Caucasian. I had three strip surgeries myself and have no scar as you don’t with two surgeries. The general rule of thumb for normal healers (not good ones like me) is that the scar risks increase with additional procedures. Considering your history, you might discuss other options with your surgeon such as another strip surgery with a trichophytic closure to minimize the scar. Alternatively, you can have the harvest done with FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) and not worry about a linear scar. The FUE is becoming more and more popular in the past few year and now reflects more than half of all hair transplant harvesting technologies done worldwide.