Hair Transplant Grafts : How Many Do You Actually Need ?


Hair Grafts Affect Result

When you consult several hair transplant surgeons, you may find out that each doctor has their own estimate of the number of grafts that you will need. These estimates may widely vary between one doctor to another. Many people end up feeling confused and uncertain. So, here are several opinions that may give you a fair idea about the number of grafts.

It's a big world and there are hair transplant surgeons out there who perform his practices dishonestly. On the balding spots, these are the areas that should be transplanted with donor grafts, but there are a few doctors out there who perform hair transplant into areas where there is still hair.   

Some practitioners may bill their patients with larger number of grafts than what actually was transplanted on them. This case is verified by the doctors who observed the results. The density of hair on the patient's head showed that it's not relevant to the number of grafts they should have gotten.

If you plan to undergo a hair transplant surgery, it's best to learn how to calculate the number of grafts that you need to cover the balding area. By having this knowledge you are able to make sure that you get what you pay for. If your calculation and the surgeon's estimates are almost similar, all you need to make sure is that all those grafts are transplanted properly onto the balding areas of yours.

There are several factors that you need to consider before calculating the number of grafts you will need for having a hair transplant surgery. The thickness of your hair shaft may affect the calculation. Whether your hair will lie flat or stand up and creating more fullness, this condition is determined by the nature of your hair, it's curly or straight.


How To Calculate Hair Grafts

One significant factor is the contrast between your hair color and the color of your skin. A dark-skinned man with dark colored hair or a light-skinned man with light-colored hair will need less amount of hair to cover the bald areas. While, a light-skinned person with very dark hair may need much more hair in order to cover the same bald areas.

25% of the original hair that was on the balding areas, this is the average number of hair transplant grafts that are going to be used for covering them. This amount may go up or down depending on the other factors like curliness, thickness, or color contrast. So, this number can be your reference for the grafts that are needed for transplant surgery.

Let's take an example, an average Caucasian male usually has a density of 2 hairs per one millimeter. So we may assume that for this Caucasian male there are about 1250 hairs per square inch. If the surgeon use 2 hairs per follicular unit, then you will need about 625 follicular units per square inch.

Now the 25% of 625 is 156. This is the number of follicular units that you will need for each one square inch. After figuring this number the next task is to measure the balding area of yours in inches and multiply it by 156. That's the number of grafts that you should expect to have. Congratulations, you're a savvy consumer now, because you come to the doctor with an awareness of how many number of grafts to expect during your hair transplant surgery.

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