Grafts and hair follicles are not the same thing. A graft consists of single or multiple hair follicles. As you know, hair naturally grows in groupings of 1 to 4 hairs (4 is rarely seen though). So grafts are basically single hair follicle, double hair follicle, triple or four hair follicles. What matters in hair transplantation is to be able to extract maximum hair from minimum grafts since graft means scarring whereas hair means coverage.

In Turkey, they always mention very high graft numbers like 4000-5000-6000 grafts to attract patients. They are aware that the patient is unable to count his own grafts and simply lie. Even when it is actually done, frequently it is harmful for the patient, causing donor depletion and leaving the patient with no options for the future.

Unfortunately, they also do it very fast. They penetrate the skin at machine gun speed. This results in what is called a very high ‘transection rate’. This is the number of hair follicles that are surgically damaged during FUE. Their transection rate could be as high as 100%. For instance, some clinics usually do around 6000 punches (surgical attempts at harvesting grafts), 2000 of these attempts lead to the immediate total transection of these grafts. Since each graft contains 2 hairs on average, around 4000 hairs are wasted. The remaining 4000 attempts lead to another 50% transection; 4000 hairs are wasted again and 4000 hairs are harvested. The result is 4000 hairs harvested and 8000 hairs wasted which correlates to a transection rate by %S50. While doing FUE, they almost always do over-harvesting; this means that they do too many punching attempts at the donor area that eventually causes intense scarring and a moth-eaten look after healing occurs. After that, It is almost impossible to cover these scars and the donor area becomes unuseful for future procedures.

So as a patient, you should not be attracted to high graft numbers. What you need is coverage, not scarring.