Graft Estimate for Hair Transplant

How to Use Graft Estimate for Hair Transplant

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What Your Graft Estimate for Hair Transplant Means

The number returned by the DIY uGraft Calculator above should not be seen as a replacement for an in-person consultation. Rather, this graft amount should be seen as a helpful indicator of your hair transplant needs, and what degree of planning might go into this goal.

Explained below are the factors that the DIY uGraft Calculator considers when determining a graft estimate, and how they play a role in the final amount.

Hair Type Considerations 

The uGraft calculator is uniquely designed to consider different hair types in its grafts estimate. Due to the dimensions of curly hair, it tends to cover more surface area on the scalp, compared to straight hair. This often translates into a lower graft requirement for similar coverage than patients with straight hair.

Graft Amounts and Head Size

The surface area of the scalp (i.e. the head size) can affect graft count. More grafts may be required for larger heads, as there is more area to cover. On the other hand, smaller heads may have a lower graft estimate because of the reduced surface area.

Hair Location (Donor Area)

The Dr.UGraft™ System frees hair transplant providers from the limitation of only using the traditional safe donor area (SDA) on the back of the head.  This area can generally provide 5,000 – 7,000 grafts for hair transplant. Using the Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™) to extract from non-head hair locations, however, can expand a patient’s graft amount and provide more options for coverage.

The Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™) enables this expanded donor area selection through patented and non-patented graft-control features. These graft grip, pull, score, and release mechanisms help overcome common challenges in extracting body hair. Common problems include hair angulations underneath the skin, instances of punch misalignment with the hair follicle, and follicular units in which hair strands are at a distance from one another.

By breaking free of limitations imposed by the sole use of the SDA, the uGraft Calculator is able to return more realistic graft counts for all patients — including those with a more advanced progression of hair loss.

The ability to harvest from unconventional donor areas provides a variety of different hair types.  This can benefit patients looking to for more natural-looking results, for example, by using nape or leg hair. Additionally, linear scars from strip surgery can be camouflaged with beard or chest hair in patients with an exhausted donor supply.

The Color of Skin and Hair

Empty spaces on the scalp may be emphasized by a contrasting hair and skin color combination. Dark hair on light skin, or vice versa, would require more grafts for the appearance of coverage than dark hair on hair skin or light hair on light skin. In order to create a more accurate estimate, the  DIY uGraft Estimator takes these combinations into account.

Patient Examples – Dr.UGraft™ FUE Hair Transplant 

Below are real patient cases of the Dr.UGraft™ Advanced Hair Transplant Procedure. The patients below demonstrate Dr.UGraft’s ability to provide quality grafts without sacrificing quantity.

10000+ Grafts Hair Transplant Result

The patient below benefited from a body hair transplant using the advanced Dr.UGraft™ advanced hair transplant system. Approximately 12,000 grafts were used — 8,000 head hair grafts were augmented with an additional 4,000 beard hair grafts.


This severely bald patient benefited from a Dr.UGraft™ procedure using 12,000 grafts from the head and beard.
This severely bald patient benefited from a Dr.UGraft™ procedure using 12,000 grafts from the head and beard.*

How uGraft Calculator Improves Previous Tools for Graft Estimates

The DIY uGraft Calculator differs from other online hair graft estimators in several ways. One of the main components that set the uGraft Calculator apart is its ability to return higher graft amounts. This provides individuals with more progressive stages of hair loss a new hope for restoration procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions – Graft Estimate for Hair Transplant Using the DIY uGraft Calculator

My graft estimate for hair transplant says I may need non-head hair. Why is that? 

Generally, graft amounts over 4,500 may require the use of non-head hair. The traditional donor area on the back of the head can supply between 5,000 – 7,000 grafts. Non-head hair, i.e. grafts extracted from the nape of the neck or beard and torso areas, can help prevent exhausting this donor area without compromising coverage. This is especially important when planning future hair transplant procedures.

I have  Norwood 6-7 hair loss. Will the uGraft Calculator work for me?

Yes — the DIY uGraft Calculator is designed to return higher grafts counts by taking into account severe hair loss — including hair loss that affects areas above and below the SDA.

The Intelligent Punch™ (Dr.UPunch i™) enables hair transplant providers to meet these higher graft counts by expanding the donor areas to non-head hair locations.