This is one of the most frequently asked questions by patients interested in hair transplant.
A graft is a single follicular unit; a group of hair follicles usually consisting of one, two, three or four hair roots. These units are taken individually from the donor areas and implemented into the balding areas. Therefore, along with the quality, the number of grafts is very important when it comes to the success of the hair transplant treatment.
Grafts and Hair Transplant
There are different types of hair transplant methods. And each type of hair transplant allows a certain amount of grafts to be extracted and implemented. In this blog piece, we will only focus on the latest technology hair transplant techniques we use such as the FUE, Sapphire, and DHI.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplant: In an FUE Hair Transplant each follicular unit is extracted one by one directly from donor areas on the scalp that is usually the back of the head between the two ears. And at a single sitting, the maximum number to be implemented is around 5000 grafts. If you need more than 5000 grafts to cover the bald areas, then you need to have a second hair transplant treatment that should be done 9 to 12 months after the first one.
Sapphire Hair Transplant: Sapphire Hair Transplant uses the same technique as FUE. The only difference is in Sapphire Hair Transplant, sapphire blades are used instead of steel blades. And similarly, in Sapphire Hair Transplant, the maximum number of grafts to be extracted is around 5000 grafts.
Some hair clinics may offer you more than 5000 grafts at one sitting, please be sure that it is not realistic and based on a false promise. Plus, trying to go over 5000 grafts may cause trauma in your donor area and you may end up losing hair in your donor area too.
DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) Hair Transplant: DHI is performed by using a special DHI Pen, also called DHI Implanter, or CHOI Pen. In DHI Hair Transplant, there is no canal opening phase as the extracted grafts are directly implanted into the recipient area by using the CHOI pen. In a single sitting, depending on the suitability of the donor area, up to 2500 and 3000 grafts may be implemented without harming the donor area.
Again, unfortunately, there may be some clinics approaching you with false promises that they can offer 5000 grafts in one sitting of DHI which sounds great but 100% incorrect and misleading.
It is very important to be aware of false promises. If a hair transplant clinic gives you wrong information, then how would you trust them with your health?
How many grafts would give me the best results?
Although most people may consider “the more the merrier”, it is not really true in hair transplant. The number of grafts that would give you the best results depends on the severity of your baldness. For instance, if you have a very small balding area, you may only need 1000 grafts to get the best and the most satisfying results.
Unfortunately, some hair transplant clinics would give you the cost of a hair transplant based on the number of grafts implemented. We understand where this is coming from, as a hair transplant is a very labour-intensive procedure, the more grafts mean the more work but we still believe that pricing based on the number of grafts is not the right approach. And at MCAN Health, we do not follow this approach because first, why would someone who needs 4000 grafts need to pay more? In a way, it is like a punishment for the patients with relatively big balding areas. And second, this approach is open to abuse and not very transparent. Therefore, at MCAN Health, we offer our patients a standard hair transplant treatment cost regardless of the number of grafts. And our highly experienced hair transplant medical team extracts and implements the right number of grafts by considering the severity of hair loss, the needs of the patient, and the availability of the donor area.
At MCAN Health you are always given the correct and transparent information as we care about our patient’s wellbeing and satisfaction. If you are interested in a hair transplant and want to find out the number of grafts you can get, simply have your free virtual hair transplant consultation now and get your personalised treatment plan in less than 10 minutes.