How Many Grafts Do I Need for Hair Transplant?


A hair transplant is an increasingly popular surgical procedure that offers a permanent cure for those suffering from a hair loss condition. However, since hair restoration is a surgical technique, people often have many questions and queries when considering it.

One question that naturally arises when considering a hair transplant is “how many grafts do I need?” or, how many of my own hair do I need to fill up the balding regions on my head?- a hair graft is a hair follicle. The amount of money you would be spending on your hair transplant would be determined by the number of grafts you will need. Generally, the higher level of hair loss there is the more grafts you will need, these could range from 1000 to 5000 or more.

A great way to find out how many grafts you will need is determined by your extent of hair loss and the look you want to achieve. For example, some people just want to fill up their receding hairline whereas others may have a high level of balding and need to fill up their crown area as well as their headline.

The Norwood and the Ludwig Scales

One great method to measure your level of hair loss is through the Norwood scale- for men and the Ludwig Scale-, which is for women. The Norwood scale was introduced by Dr. James Hamilton and revised by Dr. Norwood hence commonly known as the Norwood Scale. It is a scale that shows diagrams starting from level 1 to level 7 pattern of hair loss with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest level of baldness.

How to Use These Scales

With the help of the Norwood scale, men can measure where they stand in terms of hair loss and determine how many grafts they need. To do this, a general rule is to take your Norwood scale rating and multiply it by 1000 (to be on the conservative side) to 1500 (on the liberal side) for example if your hair loss rating is 3 then you would be needing about 1000 grafts, roughly.

It should be remembered that the Norwood scale only acts as a guide to measure how many grafts you would need, your cosmetic surgeon would accurately tell you how many grafts you would actually need.

Important Considerations

It is important to remember that the hair in your donor region is limited in nature so your first hair transplant must make good use of your available donor hair. For those who rate higher on the Norwood or Ludwig scale may not achieve an as dense look as they want but they can achieve coverage. Contrarily, some patients may prefer more density and forego coverage.

Keeping all of these factors into mind you should consult a qualified and skilled cosmetic surgeon and find out how many hair grafts you will be needing, consult two or three doctors as to ensure the most truthful of judgments.

For further information you can always contact Hair Transplant Dubai as they have the necessary information and the experts to guide you through. Simply fill out the free consultation form that is given below.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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