Is the number of grafts or the number of hairs more important to the outcome of a hair transplant?
The number of hairs transplanted is a truer representation of how much “hair mass” was moved than the number of follicular unit grafts. It is my experience that, with normal styling, 12,000 hairs moved to the top of the head creates enough mass to look like a “full head of hair”.
The exception, of course, would be if the patient had a huge, bald vertex/crown in the rear. With today’s ultra-refined hair transplant techniques and using various size grafts of 1,2,3,4, and 5 hairs each, this can easily be accomplished in two sessions in most patients with at least average caliber hair.
Dr. Mike Beehner, M.D.
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