How many hair follicles do I need?


The term graft, which is frequently used in hair transplantation terminology, means “hair follicle”. The graft is the name of the area where a small amount of skin is found along with hair follicles.  An average graft usually contains 2 or 3 strands of hair. 2000 grafts contain approximately 5000 to 6500 hair follicles. Calculating the number of grafts in hair transplantation is a very important step in finding the number of follicles required to cover the area with hair loss.

Before the hair transplant, the graft calculation is made by the doctor and the number of grafts the patient needs is determined. Then, grafts are taken from the donor area between the two ears on the back of the head to meet this amount and transferred to the bald areas.

The total number of grafts required for hair transplantation may vary greatly in terms of the candidate’s hair characteristics, hair density, scalp looseness, area to be covered, facial features and general aesthetic choices. However, the minimum amount of grafts you need for hair transplantation varies between 2000-3000 grafts.

In order to have a natural appearance, the graft to be made per square centimeter should not fall below a certain number. 25 to 30 grafts per square centimeter are ideal and the ideal efficiency can be achieved with the transplanting doctor and team.

The graft calculation is determined during the preliminary interview under the control of specialist doctors. During the examination, a number can be given with hair graft calculation tools.

Even if you have unlimited hair follicles in each hair transplant session, unlimited grafts can not be transplanted. A maximum of 6000 grafts (12,000-18,000 hair strands) can be transplanted in each session. The ideal is not to exceed 5000 grafts. Because there is a risk of necrosis in excess.