Ideal Hair Transplant Density

When a client comes in to be consulted for a hair transplant the first requirement is that the Doctor assesses their suitability for surgery and expected maximum density results or the patient will never be satisfied with their Hair Transplant surgery, says Dr Rhett Bosnich, Hair Transplant Surgeon of Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Internationally renowned Hair Transplant Surgeon, Dr Rhett Bosnich MBBS, ABHRS, FFMACCS, of Newin Institute Hair Transplant Clinic in Melbourne and Sydney, has been performing large and complex cases of hair transplant surgery, including corrective surgery, for over 7 years.

“It’s really important to determine a person’s suitability for hair transplant surgery in the initial consultation. One of the key indicators of suitability is determining how densely we can fill the area in with transplanted follicles and whether that density matches the client’s expectations about results.” says Dr Bosnich. “The more follicles we can harvest from their donor area without thinning it out and the more we can pack into any given area of hair loss, then the denser the final result will be. This means the patient’s expectations are more achievable and the happier they will be about their hair transplant results.”

“There are five main factors that impact on how densely we can fill an area of hair loss.” he says. “You have to remember that we are working with a limited resource – hair follicles. There is a finite amount of follicles that we can transplant in one session so the total surface area of the transplantation area is really important. If the area is simply too large for the number of follicles we can harvest, the treated area will still look thin after surgery.”

“Also, if there is severe thinning in the areathere is not enough existing follicles to blend with transplanted follicles. But it’s only a sub-par result if the patient’s expectation is to achieve exceptionally thick results after surgery.” Dr Bosnich says. “Some patients who are very realistic don’t necessarily expect really thick results – often they are quite happy to achieve just that little bit more fullness. Some are even happy to supplement their surgical achievements with temporary cosmetic camouflage products, like Surethik hair fibres, to give a more enhanced illusion of thick hair.”

Patient factors impacting on final results include the natural characteristic of the patient’s hair, such as hair shaft diameter. The larger the hair diameter the better the coverage when compared to transplanting the same number of grafts using thin diameter hair. Surgical factors include angulation of implantation of the follicles to provide optimal natural-looking coverage of the area of hair loss.

“Perhaps the most important factor is whether or not the patient is likely to lose hair in the future. It’s impossible to predict whether someone will start to experience significant hair loss in the later stages of adulthood. That’s why we don’t like to transplant men at a very young, in case they begin losing their hair when they get a bit older. We prefer that men try medical forms of management as a first option during their early adulthood and wait to mid-late 20’s at the earliest before exploring surgery.”

Dr Rhett Bosnich and his team have been performing hair transplant surgery in Melbourne for many years and follow up their surgical patients to 18 months post surgery, so they get to see the results of their hard work. This means patients can be confident that Dr Bosnich and the team have seen the normal variations in how hair results continue to progress over the regrowth phase up to the final result.

A variety of Dr Bosnich’shair transplant surgery results can be viewed on Newin Institute’s website at:

For more information and a personal consultation please contact Dr Rhett Bosnich on 1300 360 764