I’m 38 years old and suffering from hair loss in the frontal hairline area and slightly behind it with no balding in the crown. I guess I am approximately a level 3 on the norwood scale. If I were to undergo hair transplant surgery, how many follicular unit grafts would I need?
At 38 years old and not a great amount of hair loss, at least compared to bald men like me who lost all hair on the top of my head by the time I was 28 years old, based on the photos you’ve posted on our hair loss forum, you may be a good candidate for hair replacement.
Depending on your goals and preferred hairline placement, a larger session of 3000-3500 follicular unit grafts may be optimal. This will allow for more hair density and coverage and will give you a more cosmetically pleasing result overall. It will also allow the hair grafts to be spread further back into your existing natural hair to add more density in areas of thinning hair.
If you want a more conservative hairline and aren’t as concerned about adding too much hair density behind the hairline, a smaller session of 2000-2500 grafts would most likely be sufficient.
Feel free to use our animated graft calculator which can be used as a tool to help you determine the approximate number of grafts you will need to achieve your hair restoration goals. Keep in mind this should never take place of a physician’s estimate, but it certainly can be a valuable tool to help you in your research.