As each hair transplant procedure is unique, therefore the number of grafts required varies. Hair loss is common is a well-known fact, but how it manifests itself varies from person to person. There are various types of hair loss, including petter loss on the sides and top of the head, balding, and others, and the underlying cause of hair loss can range from genetics and hormones to overall lifestyle-related issues. Hair transplants generally entail taking grafts from the donor area and placing them in the recipient area. Grafts are hair follicles that have been extracted via various hair extraction methods including Barley’s Microneedle method and are ready for placement in the recipient area.
Grafts, or hair follicles, are typically extracted from the back of the head (aka donor area), where they are strong and healthy, and then implanted in the recipient area, where they regenerate into healthy and dense hair. All these factors including the level of hair loss, health and the density of hair in the donor area, and the specific needs of a client dictate how many grafts will be needed in a hair transplant surgery.
We begin our hair transplant procedure at Barley Hospital with a thorough consultation with a client to discuss their hair loss journey and suggest a treatment plan. Doctors and patients discuss the density and pattern of hair regeneration during this free consultation, which will ultimately determine how many grafts are required in a hair transplant session.
Let us explain how we determine the number of grafts for each surgery.
The Hamilton-Norwood Scale and The Ludwig Scale
The first step in a hair transplant is assessing the extent of hair loss, evaluating the donor and recipient areas, and then conducting a thorough consultation to discuss what the client wants. In this regard, different methods are used in men and women to determine the extent of hair loss, and the Hamilton-Norwood scale and the Ludwig scale are universally used classification methods to assess hair loss in men and women respectively.
In men, the Hamilton-Norwood scale depicts seven stages of varying degrees of hair loss, whereas, in women, the Ludwig scale depicts three stages of hair loss. Following that, an experienced consultant will determine whether a transplant is necessary and how many grafts are required for a natural-looking hair transplant based on each individual.
How many Grafts do I Need?
There are numerous factors that influence how many grafts are used per transplant session.
The degree of hair loss
The number of grafts required for each hair transplant is determined on an individual basis following a client-doctor consultation. The Hamilton-Norwood and Ludwig scales, as previously stated, are useful in determining the level of hair loss, so grafts are harvested and implanted based on the level of hair loss. As a result, if the hair loss is minor, fewer grafts will be required to cover the area, whereas severe hair loss will necessitate more grafts. Depending on the degree of loss, grafts ranging from 6000 to 8000 are commonly used.
Quality and Quantity of Hair in the Donor Area
Similarly, the quality and quantity of hair in the donor area influence the number of grafts used in a hair transplant procedure: some people have more grafts for harvesting, while others may have fewer donor grafts to work with. Furthermore, people with thick, wavy, or otherwise healthy hair can benefit from graft extraction more than those with thin, fine, or straight hair. Similarly, severe balding and hair thinning, head size, and scalp elasticity all influence how many grafts can be harvested in a single transplant session.
Density and Coverage
Additionally, a greater number of grafts ensures greater density, but this is dependent on whether clients have enough healthy donor hair to cover the recipient area. Overall, our experts ensure that you have a natural and dense appearance after the transplant and work hard to provide the best course of action for that dense and natural hair regeneration. Likewise, a higher number of grafts guarantees more density
Barley Hair Transplant Cost
There is no set cost for a hair transplant procedure because all of our treatment plans and decisions are determined on a case-by-case basis. As a result, the cost is frequently influenced by the number of grafts harvested and implanted—the more grafts, the higher the price, the fewer grafts, the lower the price.
Rest assured, Barley experts will make sure you get the best results possible and will recommend a transplant plan and number of grafts based on what is best for you.