A few hair restoration clinics have made claims they can densely pack up to 70, 80, and even 100 follicular units per square centimeter (FU/cm2). And though balding men and women are often intrigued by a physician’s ability to pack hair closely together, how many will actually grow requires further exploration. Which patients are candidates for dense packing? How many follicular units can be safely placed per square cm before hair growth yield is affected?
Coalition member Dr. Ray Konior recently presented a case where a patient originally had 3000 grafts densely packed in the frontal third up to 100 FU/cm2. Considering natural hair density is typically around 80 FU/cm2, this hair transplant patient’s hair should have been so dense that nobody could see his scalp through his hair after his first surgery. Unfortunately, though 100 follicular units were packed per square cm, hair regrowth yield was significantly less leaving the appearance of hair loss and thinning hair.
View this photo album on our hair loss forumto learn the risks of placing hairs too closely together and how too much dense packing might impact hair growth. Learn why less is sometimes more.