What is Hair Graft?

Hair Graft

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In the context of hair, a “graft” refers to a small piece of tissue containing hair follicles that is extracted from a donor site and transplanted to an area of the scalp that is experiencing hair loss. Hair grafts are the fundamental units used in hair transplant surgeries, such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Types of Hair Grafts

  1. Follicular Unit Grafts: These contain one to four hair follicles, and they are the most commonly used type of graft in modern hair transplant procedures. They provide natural-looking results by mimicking the natural grouping of hair.

  2. Mini-Grafts: These are slightly larger grafts that contain three to six hair follicles. They were more common in older techniques but are less frequently used today.

  3. Micro-Grafts: These contain one to two hair follicles and are used to create a natural hairline and fill in thinning areas.

Hair Transplant Techniques

  1. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT):

    • Procedure: Involves removing a strip of scalp from the donor area (usually the back of the head), from which follicular units are dissected and then transplanted to the recipient area.
    • Grafts: Hundreds to thousands of follicular unit grafts are transplanted during a single session.
  2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):

    • Procedure: Involves extracting individual follicular units directly from the donor area using a tiny punch tool and then transplanting them to the recipient area.
    • Grafts: Similar to FUT, but no strip of scalp is removed, resulting in less visible scarring.

Importance of Grafts in Hair Transplants

  • Natural Appearance: Using follicular unit grafts helps achieve a natural-looking hairline and overall appearance.
  • Density: Proper placement and density of grafts ensure that the transplanted hair looks full and natural.
  • Minimizing Trauma: The size and type of graft used can minimize trauma to the scalp and improve the success rate of the transplant.

Post-Transplant Care

  • Healing: The transplanted grafts need time to establish blood supply and begin growing in their new location.
  • Shedding: It’s common for transplanted hair to shed within the first few weeks, followed by new growth starting a few months later.
  • Results: Full results are typically visible after 12-18 months, as the transplanted hair grows and matures.

In summary, a hair graft is a crucial element in hair transplant procedures, involving the transplantation of hair follicles from a donor site to areas affected by hair loss to restore a fuller, natural-looking head of hair.

A hair graft is a small piece of tissue containing hair follicles that is transplanted from a donor area (usually the back of the head) to a balding or thinning area of the scalp.
The number of grafts needed varies based on the extent of hair loss, the size of the area to be covered, and the desired density. A consultation with a hair transplant specialist can provide an accurate estimate.
It’s common for transplanted hair to shed within the first few weeks after the procedure. This is a normal part of the hair growth cycle, and new hair growth will begin a few months later.

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