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Hair grafts vs Hairs?

Hair graft counting

Hair transplants are one of the best ways to treat hair loss and with noticeable and often times significant results. There are two main ways of counting for hair transplant surgery: counting by hairs and counting by hair grafts. You might be thinking to yourself, ‘hairs’ and ‘hair grafts’, what’s the difference?
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# Hair graft counting VS Hair counting
Actually, when hairs grow out, they can range from one to four hairs in a socket. Hair grafts are attached to tissues, blood vessels, and the skin. This ‘pouch’ is referred to as a follicle or hair graft. Most hair transplant clinics see this as a ‘group’ and thus count by hair grafts.
However, there are other clinics who take this ‘group’, split the hairs into singles, and then transplant them while counting by ‘hairs’. This results in a healthy hair graft (which contains 2~4 hairs) becoming damaged, naturally.

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# Advantages of counting by hair graft
In hair transplants in which they count by hairs, healthy hairs can be damaged when the hair graft is split into individual hairs.

On the other hand, when counting by hair grafts, precise magnification equipment is required to accurately determine the state of the hair grafts. Hence, hair transplant surgeries which count by the graft are much more detail oriented and focused. This serves to greatly improve engraftment rates after hair transplant surgery.

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Counting by hair grafts is the most natural and effective method, especially for high density and natural results. In addition, there is less of a chance of damaging healthy hairs.
Since, more hairs ‘survive’ and they are more precisely placed, results look more natural, will grow out, and will last.

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Whether the clinic counts by hairs or hair grafts, there are other things to know before ever considering hair transplant.
The skill of the surgeon as well as proper hair surgery design, fully specialized follicle technicians being present is the key to getting the most out of the hair grafts available. It’s important to get the facts from a reputable hair clinic and it can start easily with a simple consultation.


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