Doctors do not advise hair transplant using body hair and they have all the medical reasons to justify that. Still hair transplants using body hair is possible in the following cases:
- When hair is so thin in the donor area and thus the donor area is not considered a donor area any more.
- For final completions in the field of beard, mustache and eyebrows hair transplant procedures
- To mend the scars in the scalp, usually appear after a hair transplant procedure.
The followed procedure in the field of hair transplant using body hair is extracting follicles from other body parts for the patients who suffer from weakness in their donor areas in the scalp.
In such cases body hair can be used from other body parts like chest, beard, back and legs, and consequently the more body hair density you have the more it makes you eligible for a hair transplant procedure using body hair.
The Technique Used in Hair Transplants using Body Hair
In standard hair transplant procedures hair grafts are extracted from the patient’s donor area in the back of his/her head, which usually have high hair density. In transplants using body hair doctors extract grafts from other parts of the body. Hair grafts are going to be extracted directly from the donor area under local anesthesia using a small tool that is between 0.75ml and 1ml or a little thicker. The doctor creates a circular incision inside the skin surrounding the graft and then he pulls it out directly from its position and places it in the preserving solution and finally plants it in the receiving area.
Fears Related to Hair Transplant Procedures Using Body Hair
There are some considerable differences between the hair in the scalp and body hair, patients should be aware of these differences before going under the hair transplant procedure. The most affecting factors are the containing environment for the transplanted hair, color and thickness or hair structure.
There are four major concerns for patients who are receiving hair transplants using body hair
These fears are:
- The difference in structure between scalp hair and body hair.
- The process of removing body hair.
- The incompatibility between scalp hair and body hair.
- Hair death in two or three years after the procedure.
The disadvantage of this kind of procedures is usually that body hair has a lower quality than the hair in the scalp; this is due to the fact that the structure of hair in the scalp is more coherent than the hair around the body. In order to have a successful result after a hair transplant using body hair you need to plant more hair than you really need.
The degree of compatibility is so important as well in order to have the best possible result. You have also to remember that the success rates of hair transplants using body hair are less than those of the procedures that use donor areas from the scalp. The main cause for this is that body hair is not as restricted as the scalp hair. For example we took 2000 grafts from the body it is possible to get only 1000 healthy grafts. Normally in hair transplant procedures where the donor are is the interior area of the patient’s head we get 2000 out of 2000, that is why doctors recommend procedures where hair is extracted from the donor area in the scalp.
What are the benefits of transplant procedures using body hair?
It provides good density to cover a considerable space of the bold area.
The main source of concern for many patients who want to go under the hair transplant procedure using body hair is whether they are going to have obvious scars in the body donor area after the procedure. In fact there are going to be some stitches and scars in the donor area but these will heal within weeks. Here you can read about the other side effects to this procedure.
Doctors do not recommend hair transplant procedures using body hair as long as there isn’t an urgent for it. Doctors’ priority is trying to get grafts from the donor area in the head which is usually located on the back and on the two sides of the head.