That is very difficult to answer without a personal consultation with a Bosley physician, because the number of grafts required will ultimately depend on the texture and quality of your hair, along with the number of hairs in each graft and amount of donor hair available, among other factors. For example, darker, coarser hair may require fewer grafts to cover the same area as compared to lighter colored, fine hair. It will also depend upon your degree of baldness and your density goals. Modern research in hair growth has discovered that natural scalp hairs actually grow in small groupings (called follicular units) of 1, 2, 3 or occasionally 4 hairs per unit. While other physicians may not take the time to closely duplicate the natural hair patterns on a patient’s scalp, at Bosley, we try to duplicate nature by closely placing and randomly dispersing 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-hair units just as nature does.
The number of procedures necessary to achieve a personally desired goal varies from person to person and the individual degree of hair loss; but in our experience, the great majority of our patients want to have at least two procedures. Some patients choose to have more than one procedure to achieve their personal goals. The more hairs that are transplanted during a procedure, the lower the final “cost per graft” will be. In general, Class 2 to 4 patients can expect between 600-1200 grafts, and Class 4-6 patients can expect between 1500-3000 grafts. A Bosley counselor can give you more information on all the options available to you, and a Bosley physician can help determine what level and degree of transplantation can meet your needs when you schedule a consultation at no cost to you.