As the prevalence and preference for hair transplantation operation increased, the competition criteria began to change. Some clinics, instead of competing with their quality, may choose to advertise on certain criteria by saying and declaring what the patients intend to hear. One of these mentioned criteria is the number of grafts to be transferred. Many clinics try to attract the attention of patients by promising a high quantity of graft transfer. A graft is a generic term for any piece of hair-bearing tissue. Each graft contains 2.7 strands of hair.
What should be considered when determining the number of grafts to be transferred?
Hair loss can occur in different ways. Some patients require only hairline, while some may request hair transfer to the entire bald area due to intense shedding. The ideal number of grafts to be transferred should be 3500-4000 in one session (3,500-4,000 grafts correspond around 10,000 strans of hair), as the collected grafts from the donor area should be kept at a certain temperature and under certain conditions. If the number of grafts collected is too high, it is scientifically explained that even they kept in the right conditions, many grafts will die and will not retain if transferred due to the long waiting period.
The grafts to be transferred are collected from the donor area, between the two ears at the back of the head. The density and strength of the donor area are decisive for the number of grafts to be taken. Grafts collected from the donor area will not grow there again. Therefore, it is important to collect the grafts in a certain order and well-balanced, so that there appears no scar or undesirable baldness in the donor area.
At the very first stage of the surgery, 100 of grafts are collected to understand whether the grafts are quality and coming smoothly. If 80-90% of these grafts are collected without any problem, the process will be continued. Otherwise, the patient should be informed about the possible outcome. It should be the patient’s decision to continue the surgery.
The number required to close the open area and get the ideal result should be collected, taking more grafts may result damage to the donor area and many grafts cannot be transferred and would be discarded.
By Kagan Ozsarac