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Determining Poor, Average, and Excellent Hair Transplant Results

12/8/2009 12:48:27 PM

Unit of measurement for gauging a hair transplant result is everything. For instance, if you evenly distribute 3000 follicular unit grafts over a level 5A on the Norwood scale of hair loss, most would argue that even with maximum hair growth that the result is "below average". That's because our standard unit of measurement is typically our expectations of what we'd like to see achieved. In most cases, this unit of measurement is unrealistic since all of us would like to achieve a full head of hair. Unfortunately however, this isn't realistic to expect with hair restoration surgery.

However, if the unit of measurement changes to what can realistically be expected for that degree of baldness with only 3000 grafts, the result changes to excellent (assuming hair growth yield is optimal and it looks natural).

If we're talking strictly about hair growth yield and naturalness, then we'd gauge a result simply based on measuring the percentage of growth and eyeballing a result based on our expectations. But if you take into consideration the number of grafts/hairs, area of baldness to be covered, position and placement of the grafts, hair characteristics, scalp/hair color ratio, and density, then there's a lot more to evaluate.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.