I am 52 and about a IV verging on a V of the Norwood Scale. I am most interested in filling in my crown and was wondering about how many grafts this would take.
This will depend on the kind of look that you are after, the kind of hair that you have and how your hair lays. In general, however, if you are a IV or V on the Norwood Scale and you are interested in filling in the crown, I think you are at least looking at 2,500 to 3,000 hair grafts to cover this area adequately. You may need more and you may want to do a second procedure. You have to remember that there are 6,000 to 8,000 transplantable hairs available to any patient, even if you do less at any one particular time. However, 2,500 to 3,000 as a start would be a good way of assessing your success and happiness with the hair transplant to cover this particular kind of area.
Posted by Richard Galitz, MD, FACS