The number of donor grafts is very important in a hair transplant operation. It directly affects how your results will look like. So, you may want to have the maximum number of grafts transplanted in your operation. But this can be overwhelming for your scalp. In fact, it can affect your results badly.
What Is a Graft?
We should start by explaining what graft is. A graft is a tissue that, within, contains a follicular unit. Follicular units are natural groupings of hair strands on your scalp. These units can be consisted of up to 4 strands of hair. The number of hair strands in a follicular unit determines its quality. So, at this point, we can say that the number of grafts is important, but the quality of them is also as important.
How Many Grafts Do You Need?
The number of grafts needed for a natural-looking result differs depending on the patient. Everybody has a different type of hair and each case of hair loss is slightly different. While some operations require only 2000 grafts to perform, some require up to 7000. But it is not recommended to move that many grafts in a single session, especially if it is around the 7000 grafts range.
The Number of Grafts in a Single Session
As we have mentioned above, the numbers differ depending on the patient. But on average, it is not recommended to move more than 3000 grafts in a single session. In FUE hair transplantation, the goal is to achieve the best cosmetic results. It is not about trying to plant as many grafts as possible. The first session acts as a big step to spread the grafts homogeneously. It aims to give a uniform look to the patient’s hair. The second session, however, is for increasing density.
Pushing the limits in the context of the number of grafts in hair transplantation operations can have bad outcomes. Placing too many grafts can damage the patient’s scalp. Any injury on the scalp will reduce the growth of the grafts. It may also cause the grafts to pop up which also reduces the growth. Planting too many grafts also means longer operation times. This can be problematic. The risk of grafts getting expired increases as the operations take longer.
Wanting to get the best results is understandable. However, more grafts do not always mean better results. Planning plays a very big part in getting the best results in hair transplantation. Your doctor will provide you with the best possible design before going for the operation. But the clinic where you decide to have your hair transplantation is crucial at this point. If your doctor is willing to push the numbers just because you want it so then you should reconsider whether you really want to have your operation there.