I hear that question all of the time.  The answers often vary from 1000 to as high as 6000 grafts, sometimes regardless of the balding pattern.  We focus on the number of grafts because more grafts move more hair into the balding area.  But the real numbers depend upon

  • hair thickness,
  • the balding pattern,
  • the color of your skin and hair,
  • the character of your hair, the thickness of the hair shafts (fine, medium or coarse)
  • and most important, something about your donor supply capacity to support the balding pattern at the time the question is asked.

Note that I am putting in a time factor, because balding is a progressive process and how bald you are today, might be distinctly different than how bald you will be tomorrow.

Some young men fly to Turkey, get 5000-6000 grafts for minimal cost. Then they come home to wait and watch it grow.  Assuming that the clinic did it right (not the case in many Turkey clinics that don’t have a doctor but sell grafts (like potatoes were sold to the Irish at the time of the famine in the 1800s), they may run out of grafts (or potatoes) before they finish balding.

Hair transplants need to be part of a Personalized Master Plan that incorporates how you are going to manage fixing the balding problem against a progressive balding process. If you use up all of your donor hair before the balding is complete, you may end up looking freaky for the rest of your life.  I hear the young man tell me that they are not worried about their hair loss when they get to 30, or 35 or 40.  I speak with many 30, 35 and 40 year old men and they ALL CARE about what their hair looks like.  Poor planning is almost always a disaster for sometime down the road.  All doctors are not equal.  Some doctors are in it for the money, so selling more grafts means making more money.  You have to identify those doctors and make sure that you don’t get one of them. I always say that a good decision today is a good decision tomorrow.

So to answer the basic question “How many grafts do I need?”, take it easy, digest what you read above and the look to some of the following links below:

Lisinopril in my case did cause my hair to fall out and makes you have a cough and so much mucus that it is hard for me to brush my teeth. This medicine is horrible. I had nice thick hair before starting on it. I also knew or believed it was the medication that was causing my hair loss before I found this site . If so many people think it is this medicine that it is causing hair loss then there must be truth to it. I don’t care what doctors tell you.

I don’t have experience with dutasteride but as I know it is about 15% more effective, that means that there must be 15% more side effects, logically

It will take much longer because the half life of dutasteride is 5 – 6 weeks, compared to finasteride which is 6 hours. My guess would be  possibly 3-6 months or so.

I have never heard any connection between back pain and finasteride. Switching to dutasteride doesn’t make sense if the finasteride is working for you

Very nice reversal of the leading edge of your hairline loss in just 4 months on finasteride alone. You have an unusual swirl in the frontal hairline that came back with finasteride

Note that he wrinkled his brow so that the creases showed. His hairline in the midline is less than one finger breadth above the highest crease. I don’t see the corners so I can’t tell if the corners are receded or not.  Certainly, a large center forelock is taking up most of the frontal hairline real estate if there is some corner recession.  Without more photos, I can’t answer the question.

Yes, this hairline can be fixed; however, it may require you to make compromises as to its location. I would have to see you first before drawing a conclusion.  Look at this repair which I did not to different that what you have: https://baldingblog.com/repair-of-hairline-transplants-photos/

Tight pulling on the hair from a tightly pulled bun, like a tight ponytail, might cause traction alopecia if it is done over a long period of time

Minoxidil causes a person to retain water, which can lead to some increased urination if that happens to you

It was washed after 7 days. Immediately after surgery.  I developed some boils over my head.  The clinic says that they do high density hair transplant. They have said that I require 3 sesssions and 8000 grafts to cover my entire scalp. Now only 1st session is completed.  They don’t recommend minoxidil and finasteride, it was done by an experienced doctor . I don’t understand what went wrong.

Three sessions of 8,000 grafts? I believe that if you had that with FUE then you would be bald in the back of your head, possibly already. You should have washed the day after surgery and every day after that. By postponing the washing, crusting forms on your head. The boils sound like infected cysts which need surgical attention. I hope your doctors put you on finasteride to prevent hair loss. Sounds like you have some important decisions to make like finding a new doctor and getting attention to the boils now!

I am 24 years old and I’ve been experiencing some hair loss for the last three or four years. I’ve noticed it when I shower I’ll end with about 30-40 hairs on my hands, and there will be about 10-20 others on the pillow when I wake up. I’m kinda worried about this since it didn’t happen before and I am not through a period major stress, I didn’t make any changes in my diet either. I will see a dermatologist as soon as possible but I don’t know if I should make a big deal about it or not, since I can run my hand through my dry hair or pull it and there won’t be any hairs on it afterwards.

Some extra info: my dad isn’t bald but has a receding hairline and started experiencing hair loss when he was about 40 or so. It is summer where I live, I add this because I understand hair loss can vary depending on the season.

You should see a good doctor and find out exactly how much hair you are losing with the HAIRCHECK test ( https://baldingblog.com/haircheck-test-how-it-is-done-video/ ). The point is to find out if you are really losing hair, how much you are losing and lost and what to do to stop it. This test establishes a metric on the loss so that in a year after you may have started treating it, you will know if you are gaining of losing ground.

Women who may become pregnant by intent or accident will put their baby at great risk if they take finasteride and then get pregnant

Genetic hair loss is not like a straight line if you plotted it out. You inherit a pattern and at different ages some hairs will undergo miniaturization and eventually fall out. So yes, hair loss can accelerate, then slow down and then accelerate again.  If you are treating it, you may be treating a stop and go process.  Many of my patients tell me that even when they take a drug like finasteride, they may start losing their hair in spirts and stops.