A lot of people’s first questions when they come in for hair transplantation is how many grafts they’re going to need to achieve the result they want. This is a very loaded question. And it’s actually very hard to tell you without being in person. That’s because the number of grafts you need is not just determined about the amount of area you need covered. It can also be influenced by your expectations on density, the thickness of your hair and the contrast of your hair and your skin and how much scalp you can see. But there are a lot of other factors that most people don’t consider and that’s areas where you don’t see hair loss yet, but you’re at risk for hair loss in the future. What a lot of people, including doctors don’t understand, it’s not about how many grafts you need for this procedure, but how many grafts you need to maintain for the future.
Remember that hair loss is a progressive process. There are areas in your scalp that likely have hairs that are going through the miniaturization process from testosterone, you just cannot tell yet. And it’s very important that you actually preserve enough hairs on the back of your head for your future to graft those areas so you don’t get an unnatural result. In our office, one of the most important things we do is look at your hair underneath the scope, looking for evidence of miniaturization in those spots and counting how many hairs you are going to need to preserve. And between the decision of how many hairs you need and how many hairs you need to preserve, we can actually reach an answer that’s going to give you the results you want, as long as they don’t conflict with each other. So how many hairs do you need? You have to come into our office to find out.