This is a very common question asked by potential hair transplant patients, but one which is impossible to answer without a physician’s direct assessment of the situation. A viable candidate for an FUE procedure may need only 900 grafts transplanted while another may need 3,500.
As you can see from the above graphic, patient number three many only need 1,000 grafts, while patient number five will need a few thousand.
Various factors influence the number of grafts to be transplanted.
- The stage of hair loss the patient currently faces
- The quality of the donor area
- Follicle strength
- The number of follicles that can be received from the donor area
- The aesthetic goals of the patient
- The physiology and medical history of the patient
During a first consultation, the physician will evaluate the patient’s scalp and consider the aforementioned factors and develop an estimated graft count for surgery. While the cost of the surgery is not directly correlated to the graft count, the number of grafts to be transplanted does significantly determine overall price.
An additional factor to keep in mind for inquisitive patients is that hair goals differ from patient to patient. What makes one patient happy may not make another patient happy. These aesthetic goals play a pivotal role in the amount of grafts needed. Does the patient desire a bell curve design or a round design? These and other crucial questions play a role in graft count.
A veteran physician will work with the patient to produce a properly designed hairline that will establish a suitable frame to the face and create a frame as well for the remainder of the hair transplant work. The physician and the patient must contemplate how that hairline will properly fit a person’s facial features, stage of hair loss, and shape of the existing temple hairline.
Modena Hair Institute’s own board-certified physician, Dr. Amir Yazdan, has specialized in this bespoke style of FUT and FUE transplantation for nearly a decade.
As you continue on your hair transplant journey, know what to look for and what questions to ask. Your hair, your appearance and your confidence deserve to be in the most capable of surgical hands.
For all matters hair contact one of our offices at 888-717-5273 or visit Modenahair.com.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.