This procedure was not a small one. This gentleman had the option of moving forward with a smaller 2,000 graft procedure which would have helped to reform his hairline but would not be as impactful and dense as the results you are seeing here. This can be a tough decision for our patients. Yes, a larger procedure means a longer and more expensive one, but in terms of recovery it’s almost identical.
How many grafts do I need for my restoration? This is the golden question. Often patients will submit a photo or example of a hairline and ask us to estimate the total number of grafts. This sounds like an easy task for an experienced hair transplant surgeon but there are so many factors at play that without a proper meeting, discussion, and surgical plan the range is vast. Why does the hairline use up such a large number of grafts? When we are creating the hairline in an area with low to no density we not only have to create a dense border, but the supporting hair behind the frontal hairline must appear thick to give the look of a full head of hair. Furthermore, the front requires singles. This is a term for a graft of hair that contains one follicle. While some grafts contain up to four hairs the frontal hairline naturally grows with “singles” along the first three rows of hair. Behind this we may use a mix of single and multi grafts to add extra density.