Hair Transplant

What is Hair Graft?

Hair graft or hair transplant refers to the process of transplanting hair from the donor area to the recipient area. In most hair transplants, hair follicles are taken from the back side of the patient’s scalp and transplanted them into bald areas.

Types of Hair Grafts

Depending on the type of hair transplant technique, a hair graft may contain a single hair follicle, a single follicular unit, multiple follicular units or even 20 or more follicles. Hair grafts are broadly classified into single grafts and micro grafts.

Single Grafts:

 Single grafts, also known as follicular unit extraction, refer to the process of transplanting a single hair follicle at a time. This type of hair grafts are used to create a natural looking new hair line. However, this type of hair graft requires expertise and precision, and it’s costlier than other hair grafts procedures. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) also requires more than one session of surgery. This type of procedure is ideal for people suffering from a thin line of baldness or who prefer very short hair cuts like burr cut or butch cut. The average price of FUE in the United States is $7000 per session. Patients usually need one to three sessions.

Micro-grafts:

 Micro-grafts refer to extracting three or four hair follicles at a time and transplanting them as a group. This creates a fuller, thicker appearance in your new hair than a single graft. This type of hair grafts are ideal for people suffering from severe baldness. As the hair is transplanted in groups, it might give a “patched” appearance on your scalp, so you may not be able to cut your hair very short. The main advantage of this procedure is that hair transplant cost is much less than single graft procedure. You can also get thousands of follicles transplanted in a single visit, so most of you may be able to complete the entire procedure in one session.

Double Follicular Units (DFU) and Triple Follicular Units (TFU) are two other types of hair grafts available. In DFU, the grafts are placed in two rows while in TFU they are placed in three rows. One DFU or TFU is equivalent to several FUE sessions, so patients can see the results quickly and with lesser cost. Average price of DFU or TFU is between $4,000 and $9,000. In most cases, patients require only one session.

Before deciding on the hair graft procedure, you must consult a hair restoration surgeon who is well acquainted with all of these procedures. Many hair surgeons offer free consultation. It is important that you share your exact requirements with your hair surgeons and seek expert opinion on your hair transplant. These are permanent procedures and cannot be reversed; so you should be extremely careful while choosing these procedures.



Posted in Hair Transplant by: Sang Ale
2012-10-08 | Hairfear






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