If a hair transplant clinic were to inform you that say 2,000 grafts (roughly 4,000 hairs) were implanted on your scalp in your hair transplant procedure, can you be confident to say that this statement is correct? Given how the hair loss industry operates, we can tell you that most clinics out there cannot give you this confidence.
But, at Evolved Clinics, we believe in making the impossible, possible. We provide complete transparency in giving the exact count of hair in a hair tray picture in a way you can actually count the hairs that were extracted and later implanted. To top it off, we maintain the grafts at an optimal temperature for maximal graft survivability – 90%+ versus 50% industry average. A hair transplant involves many crucial factors than just extracting and implanting to a specific balding area. How your graft is being extracted and taken care of before it is actually implanted is a deciding factor for graft survivability.
A quick review of the basics. Hair Transplant is a surgical procedure where a hair transplant surgeon harvests healthy hair follicles/ grafts and transplants them into the area with visible baldness. Now let’s understand more about grafts in hair transplants.
Know about “Graft” in a Hair Transplant procedure?
The term “graft” is a hair follicle or a group of hair follicles taken from the occipital scalp, a donor zone that has healthy hair. To take this graft out, unique technology, tools, and surgical approaches are followed.
In FUT, an archaic hair transplant technique still prevalent in Australia, the graft in the donor area is removed in a strip, while they are taken individually in FUE and Direct Follicle Insertion (DFI) hair transplant techniques. Whatever hair transplant technique is selected, graft survivability decides how successfully the technique has performed.
What is Graft survivability in a Hair Transplant procedure?
After grafts are transplanted, it is essential for them to survive to offer a natural and permanent appearance. The overall graft survivability depends on the preciseness of the surgeon and clinic protocols. At Evolved Clinics, the graft survivability rate is over 90%, which is better than most clinics out there. The whole procedure is performed by DFI surgeons, which is the most advanced hair transplant technique in the world.
Other than that, graft survivability depends on different factors like temperature in which hair follicles are stored (need to be chilled to prevent damage), oxygen available to the grafts, and liquid storage solution to keep them hydrated. Even the time gap between graft harvesting and implantation is significant for graft survivability. A professional surgeon can reduce the time and decrease the chances of desiccation, mechanical trauma, infection, and grafts to heat up. In short, graft management by the surgeon is essential during a hair transplant.
Graft Management at Evolved Clinics
DFI technique at Evolved Clinics is a precise method where all the above factors are taken care of viz.
- Temperature: To ensure that grafts don’t expose to heat, we store them at very low temperatures.
- Exposure: The harvested grafts are implanted within 4 hours.
- Storage: Grafts are stored in a graft preservation solution to help them stay in the same state throughout the waiting time.
- Handling: We ensure minimal graft handling and use specialized tools throughout the process.
Want to know more about graft survivability and interested in a hair transplant? Come talk to us.