How many follicular unit grafts are available for a hair transplant? Will higher numbers of hair grafts ensure a higher quality result?
The number of follicular unit grafts available in hair transplantation per hair transplant patient is a hot topic of discussion on our hair restoration discussion forum. Firstly, I encourage you to read the following hair loss Q&A blog: How Many grafts are Available For Hair Transplantation?
But hair restoration surgical results are dependent on more than sheer numbers of follicular unit grafts and the number of hairs – though certainly numbers can play a significant role in the ultimate hair transplant result. Below I’ve listed important hair transplant result dependencies:
- A hair restoration physician’s ability to perform state of the art hair transplantation
- The available donor hair supply (dependent upon donor hair density and scalp elasticity) – including the number of follicular unit grafts and the number of hairs
- The balding area to be covered
- The amount of native hair / natural hair remaining
- The risk of future hair loss
- Hair density of the transplanted hair verses hair coverage over the balding area
- Hair characteristics including hair color (least hair to scalp contrast the greater the cosmetic appearance), hair thickness (the thicker the better)
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