Hair transplant density is a very important and interesting subject. People usually wonders how many grafts should be transplanted per cm2 (square centimeters), because they get different estimations from different clinics or they cannot be sure about the density that these estimations will provide. This article’s aim is to clarify some basics matters of hair transplant operations via answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
- What is a Hair Graft?
In medical sense, graft means a living tissue. The term hair graft refers to a cluster of hairs and hair roots. Our hairs are naturally in this form. You can see from the photo below how a graft looks like.
- How many hairs is a graft?
The number hairs a graft contains vary from person to person. In a very broad and general sense, a graft contains 2.5 hairs (or hair roots). Of course, this is only an estimation the number and hair graft quality depend on genetic, external and other factors.
- Hair Transplant Density (Graft per cm2)
Hair transplant density is an important part of a successful operation. The density of the implantation should be determined by an experienced hair surgeon based on your personal case. However, there are some estimations and average numbers. For straight hairs, there should be maximum 40 hair grafts per cm2 (square centimeters). More than this number might cause circulation problems and lead to dead grafts. On the other hand, curly hair is trickier. For curly hairs, the number should be decreased. These are scientific estimations however they might differentiate from person to person.
- What is the Maximum Number of Hair Grafts?
The maximum number hair grafts that can be safely transplanted in a single operation is 4000 grafts with motorized FUE technique. On the other hand, with manual FUE this number decreases to 1500 grafts. It is mainly because of the slowness and labor dependency of the manual technique.
- What is the Success Rate of a Hair Transplant?
Hair Transplant operations are generally 95% successful given that it done properly by an experienced hair surgeon and the post-operation instructions followed by the patient. Moreover, the graft care solutions such as ATP and Hypothermosol are vital for a successful hair transplant operation. The clinic you choose should provide these graft care solutions for the operation and post-operation period.
- Can Hair Transplant Give or Increase Density?
Many people wonder about the different options they have about hair transplant. Not everyone needs a hair transplant to have create full coverage. In some cases, increasing density of the remaining hair is the main goal. In this sense, it can be easily said that hair transplant can give or increase density for the right candidates.
- Can You Still Bald After a Hair Transplant?
Hair loss after a hair transplant might be a problematic issue for density. In a general sense, the transplanted hair cannot be lost easily and remains with you for the rest of your life. However, the same cannot be said for your own native hair. Because of this situation, a hair transplant should only be an option after the hair loss is stabilized. That is why many hair surgeons considers mid 20s or early 30s to be the earliest possible age for a hair transplant. A transplant before a stabilized hair loss might lead to a need for a second operation or aesthetic problems.