How many follicles does a graft contain? Well, many who plan to have a hair transplant want to know the answer to this question. But before answering this question, we should first talk about what a “graft” is.
A graft is a piece of tissue that the surgeons extract from the donor area to be planted. Surgeons extract grafts and then plant these grafts into the balding, or the recipient, area. So, in hair transplantation, surgeons extract the tissues surrounding the donor follicles and then use these tissues. This is done in order to keep the follicles alive.
Grafts can contain up to 4 follicles within. Some grafts contain only one follicle, some two, some three and some four follicles. This number varies depending on the person since it is determined by genetics.
If you have multiple follicles within your grafts, then you can consider yourself lucky. Grafts with higher numbers of follicles will provide better coverage on the recipient area.
If you have, let’s say, on average two follicles within your grafts, in an operation where 2000 grafts are planted, you would have 4000 strands of hair planted on your recipient area. If that number is three, then you would have 6000 strands of new hair. As you see, even a slight difference like that can change the outcome a lot.
What is the Maximum Number of Grafts That Can Be Planted?
The number of grafts also varies depending on the person. Surgeons usually prefer the back of the head as the donor area. So, your grafts are likely to be extracted from the back of your head. Hair is mostly denser in this area, in fact, that is why the surgeons prefer this area in the first place. But some people have sparse hair on the back of their heads. This means that these people will have fewer grafts available to them.
Most people on average have 5000 grafts on their heads that are ready to be extracted and to be planted. But for the people who still have very dense hair on the back of their heads, this number can go up to 8000 grafts. This is the maximum number of grafts that the surgeons can extract from the patient’s donor area. The reason why there is a maximum limit to graft extraction is that overharvesting may cause your donor area to go bald.
Just because an average of 5000 grafts can be transplanted, that doesn’t mean that they should be transplanted in a single sitting. Some clinics claim that they can transplant from 5000 to 6000 grafts in a single sitting. But in actuality, it is not recommended to have that many grafts transplanted in one day. The accepted number is 2000-3000 grafts in a single sitting. Anything above this number shows that the procedure is being performed hastily and without any attention. If the plan is to transplant 5000-6000 grafts, then the procedure should be divided into two sittings.