When it comes to hair transplants, there are lots of technical details that can often be confusing. ‘Hair graft’ is one of those topics that people often ask questions about. A hair graft can be simply defined as a single follicular unit. Each hair graft may contain several (1-5)hair follicles. These units are extremely important in hair transplant procedures because modern hair transplant techniques involve transplanting individual hair grafts. The follicular unit not only consists of a small group of hair follicles, but it also contains nerves, blood vessels, and a tiny muscle called the erector pilorum.
Importance of healthy hair grafts
Whether you are going through an FUE or a UR – procedure, the number and health of the available hair grafts will always be a factor for the success of your hair transplant surgery. The first thing that needs to be assessed before a hair transplant procedure is the suitability of hair grafts in the donor area. This is why it is important to understand what a healthy hair graft is. A healthy hair graft should contain at least one healthy hair follicle and show good viability.
How many hair grafts does a person have, for a successful hair transplant?
The number of hair grafts that each person has for a hair transplant can vary depending on genetics and the quality of the hair. Even though the number of available hair grafts varies from person to person, a patient has around 6000 – 8000 hair grafts on the donor area for a hair transplant.
How many hair grafts can be transplanted?
The condition and capacity of the donor area determine the number of hair grafts that can be transplanted. Generally speaking, up to 8000 hair grafts can be transplanted in multiple sessions.
How many hair grafts can be transplanted in one session?
The number of hair grafts that can be transplanted in one session is limited. This limitation is necessary for the viability of hair grafts and the safety of the patient. Even though it is technically possible to transplant as many grafts as needed in one session, transplanting more than 5000 grafts is not recommended. There are several reasons why transplanting more than 5000 grafts in a single session is not recommended. As the number of transplanted grafts increases the operation time, it can lead to decreased graft viability and poor results. If you need more than 5000 grafts to be transplanted, it is better to complete the hair transplant procedure in multiple sessions.
How many grafts survive after a hair transplant in multiple sessions?
The viability of the transplanted grafts has a great effect on the success of the hair transplant. In general, the graft survivability in multiple sessions is around 90-95%. Of course, this rate highly depends on the quality of the hair transplant procedure and the experience that your surgeon has.
Is it easy to dislodge transplanted hair grafts?
After hair grafts securely settle in, it is not easy to dislodge them. Just like your natural hair in the donor area, transplanted grafts are strong enough, so it’s difficult to dislodge them just by touching them. If an accident occurs, only then there’s a chance of a dislodged transplanted graft.
As you embark on the transformative journey of a hair transplant, understanding the intricacies of hair grafts is key. The delicate balance between quantity and quality, the consideration of donor area capacity, and the necessity of multiple sessions all contribute to the success of the procedure. With a careful approach and the expertise of a skilled surgeon, the viability of transplanted grafts can reach impressive rates, paving the way for a confident and rejuvenated you. Remember, each healthy hair graft is a step toward reclaiming not just your hair but also your self-assurance and well-being.