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What is the total number of possible graphs from FUE?

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I had my first ever HT consultation yesterday!  The Dr. recommended FUE and predicted that I'll need about 3000 graphs for the job.  Afterward, I'll have 1000-1500 left for a future procedure.  They told me I had a "better than average" donor region, but 4000-4500 total graphs doesn't sound as good as others I've heard.  Thoughts? 

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That doesn’t sound like an “above average” number of grafts to me either. I’d ask how they come up with those numbers. Donor capacity is a tricky subject and I don’t think there’s an exact way to measure it because there’s so many variables. The closest thing I’ve seen in terms of a tool to calculate donor capacity is dr erdogans coverage calculator tool. A few doctors use it as well but other than that I think it’s kind of a guess on most doctors part.

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You're right, I should have asked how he came up with that number.  They used a magnifier on my scalp, and we were all looking at my magnified hairs on a monitor.  They pointed to a couple of 2's and 3's and said "that's good" and when I asked if my donor region is average or better than average, the Dr. said "better than average".  But the hairs looked pretty spaced apart, though I have no way of knowing what's normal.  Maybe my graphs themselves are better than average, but total number is not so good? I was hoping for something like 5000+ total possible graphs.  I'm definitely prepared with questions for my next consultation! 

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I have had 4300 done and I could easily do another 2300.

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The number is going to vary between individuals based on donor density, dimensions of the donor zones, and obviously the skill of the surgeon especially if performing manual FUE.

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Thanks for your replies everyone.  I'll definitely ask my future consultations the same question.  "

"for most patients with no prior procedure with what we consider “good” donor (around 80 follicular units/cm2) we can safely extract between 7000-9000 FUE grafts."

7000-9000 total FUE graphs sounds like enough for virtually any job!

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13 hours ago, Dazed said:

I have had 4300 done and I could easily do another 2300.

How does this help answer the OPs question?

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12 hours ago, jj51702 said:

How does this help answer the OPs question?

Well it helps show that my estimated donor supply of 4000-4500 is probably not "better than average". I am 49 though so maybe at my age it's a reasonable amount?

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And it's also imperative to have donor availability evaluations between each of the procedures as the number of available "harvestable" grafts can vary, sometimes significantly.


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