Hair Coverage Or Hair Density: Which Is More Important?

The concept of a hair transplant is to mimic nature and provide coverage over an area of hair loss at the same time place a hair density to block the scalp being visible giving the illusion of fullness

The individual´s donor hair qualities will determine how many follicular units can be removed safely over time, what coverage can be achieved and how restoration will be planned out

When treating advanced stages of hair loss, Norwood 5 and above, the demand for hair is high, and can range from 5-8000 follicular units to provide coverage from hair line to crown as well as a natural looking density

With Correct Planning And Graft Distribution Total Restoration Achieved In A Single Hair Transplant

With Correct Planning And Graft Distribution Total Restoration Achieved In A Single Hair Transplant

A natural result is only achieved when coverage and density complement each other, one is no less important than the other. Spreading the follicular units over the scalp will achieve coverage but at a low density and an unnatural growth pattern of hair

Placing a very high density over a relatively small area will give the look of fullness but reduce the surface area that can be treated over time and can result in an unbalanced coverage, front loaded with a larger balding area than covered area

Planning becomes harder when treating minor hair loss as there is no mature pattern of hair loss; higher NW scale patterns make planning more complete and with the right candidate full coverage with a natural looking fullness of hair can be achieved

Once the donor hair qualities have been correctly assessed a master plan can be made; hair line position is the first aspect to consider as this will determine the surface area to be covered; the lower more aggressive the hair line will increase the surface area to be treated

Graft distribution will increase the coverage each follicular unit can give, from the single grafts along the hair line and then strategically placing the multiple hair units to give enough fullness to create the illusion of natural density whilst maximising the coverage each hair gives

The angle and orientation that the grafts are placed will aid in gaining the required density and coverage; with an educated distribution pattern it is possible to achieve maximum coverage with the minimum number of grafts

Creating enough density and achieving coverage can allow a hair transplant candidate if not achieve total restoration but a balanced result that will look perfectly natural if they decide not to have further hair restoration in the future


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