Meaning of hair graft
When it comes to hair transplant, there are lots of technical details that can be confusing. Hair graft is one of those topics that people often ask questions about. A hair graft can be simply defined as a single follicular unit. Each hair graft may contain several hair follicles. These units are extremely important in hair transplant procedures because modern hair transplant techniques involve transplanting individual hair grafts.
Importance of healthy hair grafts
Whether you are going through a FUE or DHI procedure, the number and health of the available hair grafts will determine the success of your hair transplant surgery. The first thing that needs to be assessed before a hair transplant procedure is the suitability of hair grafts in the donor area. This is why it is important to understand what a healthy hair graft is. A healthy hair graft should contain at least one healthy hair follicle and show good viability.
How many hair is 1 graft?
The number of hair follicles in a single hair graft is a decisive factor in the hair transplant procedure. The number of hairs in a graft is not fixed but in average it is safe to say that a hair graft generally contains 2 hairs. Given that all hair grafts are unique, there can be groups of hairs from 1 to 6 per graft, and on average one graft contains between 1.8 to 2.2 hairs in average.
If you have been thinking about getting a hair transplant, you might be wondering how many hairs are transplanted in some of the most common hair transplant procedures.
Considering that each hair graft contains 2 hair follicles on average, 1000 grafts can have 1800 – 2200 hairs.
How many hair grafts does a person have for a hair transplant?
The number of hair grafts that each person has for hair transplant can vary depending on genetics and the quality of hair. Even though the number of available hair grafts varies from person to person, a patient has around 6000 – 8000 hair grafts on the donor area for a hair transplant.
How many hair grafts can be transplanted?
The condition and capacity of the donor area determines the number of hair gafts that can be transplanted. Generally speaking, up to 8000 hair grafts can be transplanted in multiple sessions.
How many hair grafts can be transplanted in one session?
The number of hair grafts that can be transplanted in one session is limited. This is limitation is necessary for the viability of hair grafts and safety of the patient. Even though it is technically possible to transplant as many grafts as needed in one session, transplanting more than 5000 grafts is not recommended.
There are several reasons why transplanting more than 5000 grafts in a single session is not recommended. As the number of transplanted grafts increases the operation time, it can lead to a decreased graft viability and poor results.
If you need more than 5000 grafts to be transplanted, it is better to complete the hair transplant procedure in multiple sessions. This way it is also possible to see how the recovery period progresses and where you might need to increase the hair density. Multiple session hair transplants generally provide superior results.
How many grafts survive after a hair transplant in multiple sessions?
The viability of the transplanted grafts has a great effect on the success of the hair transplant. In general, the graft survivability in multiple sessions is around %90-95. Of course, this rate highly depends on the quality of the hair transplant procedure and the experience of your surgeon.
Is it easy to dislodge transplanted hair grafts?
After hair grafts securely settle in, it is not easy to dislodge them. Just like your natural hair in the donor area, transplanted hair grafts are strong enough so you cannot dislodge them just by touching. An accident must have happen so there’s a chance of a dislodged transplanted graft.
How many grafts are needed for a full head of hair?
Deciding on how many hair grafts you will need to achieve a full head of hair is crucial for a successful hair transplant operation. This number depends on the progress of your hair loss. You can get a good idea of how many hair grafts you will need by using the Norwood scale which classifies the hair loss stages. You can consult our surgeons to determine at what Norwood stage you are and how many grafts you need for a full head of hair.