A graft must fit a recipient site like a hand fits a glove perfectly. Too tight and the graft becomes pinched inward leading to either hair death or a tufted fake appearance. Too loose or too deep and the hair can fall inward into the site and cause unnatural pitting. Too short a site will lead to the hair either causing a cobble-stoned appearance or drying out and dying. Therefore, before I make several thousand recipient sites, I always check for each sized graft will fit perfectly in terms of depth and size and progress from there. Unfortunately, in many clinics graft-to-site fit is an afterthought rather than a preplanned strategy. This to me is terrible negligence that leads to significant risk in a hair-transplant procedure results.

Always check graft-to-site during hair transplantation (from Hair Transplant 360, Lam SM)

Samuel M. Lam, MD, FACS, a board certified hair transplant specialist in Dallas, TX. To schedule a hair transplant consultation please call 972-312-8105, or visit hairtx.com for more info. To ask Dr Lam a question please visit our hair transplant forum.