How Many Grafts of Hair are Needed for a Hair Transplant?

POSTED: 09 October 2019

Thinking About a Hair Transplant?

For those contemplating a hair transplant it’s important to educate yourself on the various procedures and gain an understanding of how and why a transplant may or may not succeed.

This includes what a patient should expect during the recovery process.

How Many Grafts of Hair are needed for restoration?

The amount of donor grafts needed depends on the amount of hair lost and the results the patient desires to achieve.

In some cases, up to 4000 grafts are necessary to complete a successful transplant. The volume of hair removed is dependent on the amount of thick, healthy hair at the back and sides of your head.

The density of the hair is also key to the amount of grafts that will be taken.

With thicker hair, the surgeon will require fewer grafts to achieve full density in the transplant area. If the hair is thinner, the surgeon may require more. Before undergoing the procedure, it’s important to arrange and attend a consultation.

During your first consultation your surgeon will assess the level of your hair loss.

How Long Does A Hair Transplant Take?

From start to finish, the procedure takes a day, regardless of how many grafts are taken. You can read more here about exactly how long a hair transplant will take, based on the type of procedure you choose. 

What about the Recovery Process?

It is a common concern to wonder how long it will take to recover from a hair transplant.

Typical questions we are asked by those considering a transplant are:

  • How much time off work will I need?
  • How long does the healing process take?
  • When will I be able to make my first public appearance with my newly transplanted hair?


Some patients can take a few days, perhaps even a week following their transplant. For some, however, a normal routine can be resumed even faster. Any discomfort or pain should be minimal.

The surgeon will supply appropriate painkilling medication throughout the entire process.

For further information please head to our contact page to book a consultation today.  

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