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How many grafts do I need?

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Kevboy

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I`ve been reading the forum from the sidelines for a while now trying to figure out how many grafts I need. My crown has been thinning slowly over the last 2 years. I didn`t really notice it too much because I usually buzz my hair down to the bone. The other week someone pointed out my hair was thinning quite a bit so I went home to take a closer look. I was shocked to see how much it has progressed, now I`m wanting to do something about it.

How many grafts do you think I`ll need to fill the thinning area?
 
Bigmac

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Hi Kevboy. Welcome to the forum.
Going by my own experience I`d guess you need 1000 to 1500 grafts, maybe even 2000. Send your pictures to a few clinics to get their opinions. Are you using any hair loss medications such as Finasteride or Minoxidil? I`ve been using Finasteride since 2005, it has worked really well for my crown.
 
Pete from Farjo

Pete from Farjo

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Welcome Kevboy.
They're not the clearest pics so it's hard to judge accurately, but I'd agree with Bigmac that it looks like a couple of thousand grafts would make a real difference. The surgeon would be planting grafts around your thinning native hair though so it would be worth considering finasteride to strengthen things if possible first. Certainly worth scheduling an in-person appointment with a clinic if you can to talk things through and formulate a plan, if not try to take some better quality pics and email them to some clinics for their opinion.
 
Prohairclinic

Prohairclinic

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Hi Kevboy,
Our recommendation is to hold of with transplantation for now.
Start to use a lotion which combines both Finasteride and Minoxidil.
After about 8-10 months you will likely see a tremendous improvement because you seem to have a lot of thin hairs in the crown.
Maybe a transplant is needed to thicken things up, but you will probably need a lot fewer grafts (if at all) than what you need now.

Bart
 
DrTBarghouthi

DrTBarghouthi

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The photos aren’t the best but It does seem you need around 2000 grafts AND a good maintenance regimen. Ofcourse depending on your age and family history and a proper clinical assessment, delaying the transplant might also be an option provided you adhere to the maintenance.
 
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Kevboy

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Sorry for the late response guys, it has been a hectic few weeks. I`ve been quoted around 1500 - 2500 grafts, although one clinic quoted 4000 plus. Been on Finasteride just over a month, happy to report no sides. I think I will see if it makes a difference before opting for the transplant.
My phone takes poor quality pictures, I`ll see if I`m able to provide some clearer ones.
 
JoeTillman

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Just a tip, but take the photos in better light. Even the best phone cameras have trouble in the shadows. And be sure to hold as still as possible.
 
Dr. A s Clinic

Dr. A s Clinic

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A hair transplant is not recommended at this stage.

Please tell a few details like family history of hairloss. Because if you are eventually going to turn a norwood 5/6, you may end up running short of grafts at that stage.
Finasteride is not recommended by us due to its serious health issues.
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