How Many Donor Hair Grafts Do You Need

January 2, 2016

Although we’re all born bald, yet it is unwelcomed especially in a fashion conscious society like ours. Thank God, hair transplantation is there for all the baldies.

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If you’re planning to get hair transplantation, you should know the role donor hair plays in it. It is the donor hair which are extracted from the donor site to implant them into the recipient site. So, it’s clear that the surgery can give you a fuller look only when you’ve enough donor hair.

How much donor hair do you need?

Now, what do I mean by enough donor hair? Your donor hair will be considered enough if it can camouflage all your bald patches effectively. If you’ve good amount of donor hair and less demand of grafts, you can expect a full coverage. However, the hair loss extent decides the requirement of the donor grafts. If you’re at IIa stage of Norwood’s scale, then you may require 800-1400 follicular unit grafts in the first session. Similarly, for the people at IIIa stage require 1400-1800 grafts. Your surgeon has to turn on his magic only with the available donor grafts. That’s why, the results are not always the same with every patient.

If you think that you’ll go for the transplantation when the donor area is full, then hit the brakes. This is the common wrong decision which most patients make. Going ahead for the surgery beforehand doesn’t always guarantee a success and could deteriorate badly causing the falling out of the newly implanted grafts in the form of shock loss. And, this is really depressing for you, isn’t it? Then, what should you do? Just sit idle and watch your hair falling out? Of course, not. But, you have to wait until your hair loss stabilizes. You should know that a stable hair loss ensures a proper assessment of the donor hair requirement, and hence a better and long-lasting result.

Why only donor hair is used in the process?

This is the one of the most common questions which my hair transplant patients ask me. Hair loss generally becomes visible either as a wide partition of the hair or as the receded hairline. In most of the cases, this hairline starts to recede and stops only near the occipital area. This balding, generally, spares our back portion of the head as the hair in this region is prone to baldness. The sides and back of our scalp have permanent hair roots and these are used to replace the lost roots in a hair transplant.

Don’t lose hope if you’re bald completely. You can still go for it provided you’ve enough body hair. In body hair transplantation, body hair acts as the donor hair. This kind of surgery also gives good natural looking result just like the normal FUE method.

Continuous advancements in the hair transplantation field have made the surgery open for all Alopecia patients irrespective of his gender. Getting a head with dense hair is not impossible with the transplantation process. So, don’t hesitate and opt for it today.

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