When you shop for a hair transplant clinic, you will find that different centers give widely varying estimates of the number of hair grafts you will need. This can make you very uncertain about the wisdom of even getting a hair transplant. It helps to have a fair idea of what to expect.
Unfortunately, some doctors are even transplanting donor hair into areas where the patient still has hair. Perhaps this is easier than placing it where it rightfully belongs – on the balding spots.
For whatever reason, some hair transplant patients are not getting the number of grafts on their balding areas as they are billed. This is testified by certain doctors who have seen the results. The density of hair on these patients’ heads is not commensurate with the number of grafts they supposedly got.
The best hope a patient has of getting what he pays for in a hair transplant is to learn to calculate the number of grafts he needs to cover his balding area. When you are trying to find the best hair transplant surgeon, they should be someone who gives you an estimate within the range you have calculated. If the number is not in that ballpark, it may be wiser to look for another surgeon. If however, the surgeon estimates a similar number, just make sure all the grafts go onto the balding parts of your scalp.
How To Calculate How Many Hair Transplant Grafts You Need
There are several factors to take into account, to calculate exactly how many hair transplant grafts you will need.
- The thickness of the hair shaft makes a difference.
- Whether the hair is curly or straight determines if the hair will lie flat or stand up, creating more fullness.
- The color of the hair in contrast to the color of the skin. For a light-skinned man with light-colored hair, or a dark-skinned man with dark colored hair, it generally takes less hair to cover a bald spot than a light-skinned man with dark hair.
You should figure that the average number of hair transplant grafts needed to cover a balding area is 25% of the original hair that was there. You can move up or down from this figure according to your other factors such as thickness, curliness, or color. Then, you can use this number to figure out the amount of hair grafts required.
Hair Grafts Based on Hair Transplant Procedure
Based on the fact that the average Caucasian male has a density of 2 hairs per millimeter, it can be assumed that the average density of hair is 1250 hairs per square inch. Figuring at an average of 2 hairs per follicular unit, it would take 625 follicular units per square inch.
To get 25% of that, you would need 156 follicular units per square inch. All that remains is to measure your balding area and multiply the number of square inches by 156. When you know what number of grafts to expect during your hair transplant procedure, you will be a savvy consumer. It does not hurt one bit to go into the process with an idea of your own about how the treatment should go.
Hair density varies by ethnicity. Asian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Hispanic or Indian male would have different densities compared to their Caucasian counterparts.
Find The Right Hair Replacement Treatment Center
A good hair transplant center or surgeon can treat each case based on its own merit.
Rather than choosing the hair graft center nearest to you, it is advisable to select a center that specializes in hair transplants rather than a center or surgeon that does multiple procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation, etc. This will ensure you get the best hair transplant results, because they specialize in that particular field.
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