Hairs To Follicular Units Dictates Results

Hairs are single shafts growing from a follicle embedded in the skin, the hairs grows, rest, and falls out before it regrows again and goes through the same process time and time again. Hairs grow in groups known as follicular units, or FU’s

Follicular units are bunches of hairs, from one to four hairs normally in each group. There is a higher concentration of smaller FU´s around the sides of the head, with the larger follicular units, 3 and 4 hair units situated around the occipital bone, or the back of the head

The definition of a graft is a piece of living tissue that is transplanted surgically. The term graft applies to the follicular unit in a hair transplant procedure. The term graft and follicular unit can imply the same, but not all the time

Hairs to FU`s; you can have 5000 FU´s but the number of hairs could be anything from 5000 if all single hair units to 20,000 hairs if all 4 hair follicular units

Most hair transplant clinics use the phrase follicular units when saying how large the hair transplant procedure was. They will also give you the hair to FU count so you can compare the number of hairs; averaging to around 2.2 hairs per FU

As the term graft technically only means a piece of tissue it is important to determine what the clinic refers to it as. Many clinics will say you have had “x” amount of grafts placed, and this can mean FU´s, but it important to understand the meaning prior to making your decision

A hair transplant relies on the fact we can remove hair from the back and sides of the head and place them over the top of the scalp to give coverage and the illusion of high density to mimic nature

As important as the graft/Follicular unit count is, more important is the hair count because the number of hairs will directly influence how the FU’s are distributed, how much coverage can be achieved and the density that needs to be placed to achieve a successful hair transplant result

As before there should be an approximate average hair count of 2.2 hair per FU/graft, if this is significantly lower it can impair the quality of the hair transplant and mean paying significantly more on average to the number of hairs.

Always research before making any decision on having a hair transplant



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