How Much Hair Should One Expect from a Hair Transplantation?

Is it possible to regain a full head of hair with hair transplants? Will the hair be thin and brittle?

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FUE Hair Transplant and Body Hair Transplant

This depends on the technique you choose and how many grafts are harvested. Hair transplant technology has come a long way and does have the capacity to restore an NW 7 to a nearly full head of hair. This is possible through advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) using uGraft. Since FUE is minimally invasive, scalpel free, and harvests the follicular units one at a time, it is now a viable option to use non-head donor hair. Referred to as body hair transplant, hair can be harvested from the face, chest, stomach, arms, and legs. I myself have implemented this procedure with long-term success. Of course, each person is different; candidacy and results may vary.

Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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How Much Hair Should One Expect from a Hair Transplantation?

The density of the transplanted hair usually reflects (1) the density that the surgeon puts it in at, (2) the distribution of the grafts related to the balding area being treated. There are mechanical limits on how close one can place the grafts but a density equal to 35% of your original density is no unreasonable provided that your balding area is not very large. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

You cannot regain full head of hair with hair transplant surgery.

You cannot regain full head of hair with hair transplant surgery.  Hair transplant surgery is basically taking what you have and rearranging it.  You are not gaining NEW hair.  Hair transplant can give you a cosmetic improvement but it is not "FULL".  The hairs will not be thin or brittle unless your donor hair is thin and brittle.  

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Full head of hair is possible?

Combining both FUE and FUT Methods its technically possible to perform 5000+ grafts hair transplantation and make a huge difference in 150cm2 but anyway you will need a 2500 grafts on the next year.OF course your donor site,skin elasticity and hair density are all very important to reach these numbers.

Ozge Ergun, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Hair Transplant Yield Results

With hair transplants in the suitable candidate, hair transplants can result in a full appearing result. The hair behaves the same in the transplanted area as it did in the original area-it is not brittle and will be the same consistency as the original. My colleague Dr. Gary Hitzig, New York hair restoration specialist, has developed ACell MatriStem for hair transplant which also increases the yield of transplanted hair as ACell has the ability to duplicate (or "clone") hairs. Use of this ACell during hair transplant has been found to stimulate regenerative potential including angiogenesis and recruitment of stem cells which can rescue dying hairs and prevent further hair loss.

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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How much hair can you expect from hair transplantation?

The number of hairs that can be harvested and transplanted is limited and dependant on the donor site.  The hair taken from the donor area will continue to grow and not fall out as a result of pattern baldness because this hair is not sensitive to the male hormone DHT.  We can harvest 3,000-4,000 hairs in a single session, (this would still depend on hair density and scalp laxity).  Whether or not you can attain a “full head of hair” depends on how much hair your donor site can offer and this will vary from patient to patient.  The angle, direction and hairline design is equally important as density is in achieving a pleasing result.  On occasion the texture of the hair may change.  This rarely occurs.  The growth mimics the surrounding hairs in terms of texture and growth.


Timothy Jochen, MD
Palm Springs Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

How Much Hair after Transplantation

Results will depend on the size of the bald area. With hair replacement surgery we are not giving a patient more hair, just moving it from the donor scalp to the bald area. With transplants you may get a full head of hair, but with much less density than you had as a child. There is always a change in hair texture after transplantation.  The Fleming/Mayer flap  will give immediate results with normal hair density and texture.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair transplant disadvantages.

You are correct in that the hair texture changes and it takes thousands of grafts to get low density hair. Look at the advantages of the Fleming-Mayer Flap procedure. No change in hair texture, natural density and immediate hair without waiting a year for the hair to get long enough for coverage.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

How much hair can be transplanted

First of all, any type of hair transplant does not give you more scalp hair unless it is a rare case of body hair transplanted for salvage cases. The existing scalp donor hair, which should be selected from areas hopefully not to bald in the future , is moved by strip harvesting , tiny punches(FUE) or flaps to areas where it can be used for effective styling. For those who are or will become bald in the front and top of the scalp ( the majority of balding men) , donor hair should be carefully selected and moved to strategic areas for styling. Enough hair has to be left to cover the donor areas .

The greatest amount of hair that can be moved in a session is done with strip harvesting or a pedicle flap. Up to 4500 follicular unit grafts can be done in one session by some practitioners . I have never done more than 3500.  An expanded flap might have as much a 6000 follicular units. The flap however can take between 3and 4 operative sessions for completion.   Using grafts, the donor hair can be spread out over a greater area than with flaps and the hair direction can be more natural.

The amount of hair and the methods to be used to move it have to be determined on a highly individualized basis by an experienced hair surgeon. Again, remember, the choice of procedure, hairline design and amount of work should be considered with an eye for future hair loss.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.