Most people are predisposed to having a pattern loss of hair.
This form of hair loss is usually occurs in the ages from 20 to 45 – but it can also show at relatively young ages and continue as the person ages.
Our Hair Transplant Graft Calculator does not replace the need for an in-person consultation.
NOTE: This calculator is only for approximation purposes, actual requirements vary for every person. No online tool or calculator can adequately replace an extensive consultation with a surgeon.
Hair Transplant Graft Calculator
Before you consult with a hair transplant surgeon, it is a common practise to discuss things like stage of baldness and cost per graft the hospital charges.
This is even more valid if the communication happens over phone or the internet.
- 1st Step – Check the images and select desired areas where you want hair transplants.
- 2nd Step – Select desired graft density.
- 3rd Step – Obtain calculated graft requirement.
Tip: Once you calculate the number of grafts, you can use our cosmetic surgery cost calculator to get an estimate of the price for hair transplant.
Stages of Hair Growth
Hair growth usually consists of three stage cycles:
Anagen is the longest part that lasts from two to eight years. During this phase, matrix cells continuously produce hair.
Next phase is Catagen. It’s a short period, lasting from two to four weeks, in which hair production suddenly stops. Following which, part of the hair follicle moves to the muscle, called Arrector Pili.
Dermal papilla breaks away and removes upper part of the follicle the supply of blood. This is the point where hair stops being produced.
The last part of the cycle is called Telogen or the phase of resting. It lasts from two to four months. This is followed by the hair follicle, reattaching to the dermal papilla. It then re-enters the first, Anagen phase.
How Pattern Baldness Starts
When the new hair begins its growth, the old one falls out of the follicle. Usually, ten to fifteen percent of follicles are in the third stage.
When pattern hair loss is setting in, this number increases to twenty or more. The change onsets as a special type of androgen, dihydrotestosterone – DHT – binds itself to the hormone receptors on the skin papillae of the follicle.
As DHT contacts a hormone receptor, it starts a pattern hair loss, destroying the usual growing cycle. The affected Follicles spend more time in Telogen phase, get smaller and eventually stops growing any hair.
It’s still alive and connected to the blood supply, but its hair growth ability is diminished. In time, this leads to follicles shutting down completely.
Hair Fall Treatments
At this stage, many people often seek out medical assistance in trying to control or prevent hair loss from increasing. PRP for instance, happens to be a common treatment under non-surgical procedures.
Lots of patients who read on the internet seek out practitioners who offer such hair fall treatments. Contrary to popular belief PRP is used by doctors for treating hair loss, and not preventing it.
Affects Both Men and Women
Both men and women produce androgen and the testosterone is normally a precursor to the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
Testosterone transforms into DHT by an alpha-5 reductase enzyme. It transfers itself in the hair follicles, adrenal glands and male prostate, testes.
Additionally, men also have a higher number of receptors for androgen in their dermal papillae than women do.
More common among Men
All of these processes combine to make this kind of hair loss much more usual and serious among men.
Hair loss rate is not equal among men. This is because there are people with genetic predisposition towards the pattern baldness. Such people have a greater number of androgen receptors.
Fortunately, there are several effective options for hiding or rejuvenating hair, existing today.
All of them fall into three wide categories: surgical procedures like hair transplants, prescriptions and cosmetic treatments.
You should note that a number of over-the-counter and herbal-based medications promise the slowing of hair loss or re-growing, although there are many ineffective treatments among them.