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How Many Grafts Will I Need to Cover a Totally Bald Scalp with Hair Transplant Surgery?

6/26/2008 12:28:07 AM

Question:

My first hair transplant of 1000 grafts is next week. The plan is to implant them into the temples and frontal area of my balding scalp. I've been told that my scalp laxity and density are both quite good by a few surgeons. If in the long run, I was to progress to a level 6 or 7 on the norwood scale of hair loss, would I have enough donor hair to cover the entire bald are to the extent that no signs of balding were visible? I've seen pictures of some hair transplant patients who have had a good outcome from 8000+ follicular unit grafts. How can I measure how many grafts I have available in my donor area?

Answer:

You ask some good questions, but some can only be answered by a hair transplant surgeon who will have to evaluate you in person.

If you have 8000 follicular unit grafts available as donor hair and have good hair characteristics, you should be able to get excellent coverage and adequate hair density to create an illusion of fullness on a level 6 on the norwood scale of hair loss. If you end up a norwood level 7, you won't have 8000 grafts available and your expectations will have to be a lot more realistic.

Be sure to speak to your hair replacement surgeon about age appropriate placement of the grafts to plan for your long term hair restoration goals.


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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.