Losing hair with age is quite common and natural. But these days, factors like stress, pollution, diet, lifestyle, all contribute to speed up the hair loss process; as a result, some people lose a remarkable amount of hair when they are young. These individuals may turn bald at an early age, thereby affecting one’s confidence and self-esteem. However, body hair transplant is here to regrow your lost hair and make you feel confident and beautiful.
BODY HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Hair transplant is a cosmetic procedure in which the hair (hair follicles) are transplanted to the bald region of the head. It is done by taking hair from thick parts of the scalp, such as the back or the side of the head. But when the individual does not have a good number of hair or dense hair at the side or back of the scalp, hair from other parts of the body are taken for grafting.
For body hair transplant, hair from beard, underarms, chest, pubic hair and other body sites can be used. Apart from the scalp, the next preferred body part is the chest. When the body hair is transplanted onto the scalp, the hair will grow longer due to the influence of the scalp dermis (a layer of the skin) on the transplanted hair; this influence is called as recipient influence.
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BODY HAIR TRANSPLANT ?
Body hair transplant is suitable for individuals who:
HAIR TRANSPLANT METHODS
Hair transplant basically involves the transfer of hair from the region that has a good quality of hair to the area where there is no hair.Before the procedure, the area from where the hair will be removed is sterilized and numbed using local anaesthesia. One can also request for sedation to stay asleep during the procedure. Hair transplant can be carried out by using either of the two methods, which include:
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) Follicular unit transplantation (FUT), also known as follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS), involves the transfer of the follicular units (groups or clusters of hair) along with some hair to the recipient site. This method involves the following steps:
Follicular unit extraction (FUE), A follicular unit extraction procedure involves transferring only the follicular units (without the hair) to the recipient site. The steps below are followed during a FUE procedure:
ADVANTAGES OF BODY HAIR TRANSPLANT
The following are some benefits of body hair transplant:
COMPLICATIONS OF BODY HAIR TRANSPLANT
Body hair transplant has minimal side effects. The common side effects are:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
When the hair is transplanted from one individual to the other, the recipient bodymay reject the transplant ifanti-rejection medications are not administered. These medications should be taken for life. Thus, doctors prefer to transplant hair from the patient’s body itself. However, hair transplant can be performed between identical twins who have the same genetic makeup.
Leg hair are finer and shorter when compared to the scalp hair. Therefore, these hair are appropriate for hairlines and temple areas, which gives a soft, natural appearance to the scalp hair. Leg hair are also apt for the repair of the previously transplanted hairlines that appear harsh. A study reported that 75 to 80 percent of the leg hair transplanted successfully grew on the patient’s head. According to this study, leg hair transplantation requires about 1,500 to 1,800 follicles.
Pubic hair can be transplanted onto the scalp. Pubic hair is used only when the other sources of hair are exhausted. Pubic hair is not usually preferred for hair transplant as their characteristics vary from the scalp hair. Although the transplanted hair adaptsto the features of the hair of the recipient site, the pubic hair remains relatively short and curly. Also, the color of the pubic hair is significantly different from the scalp hair. Thus, if pubic hair were to be transplanted onto a completely bald region, the restored hair can be easily differentiated from the native hair. However, pubic hair transplant is often performed on the areas that still have some native hair. In such cases, the pubic hair blend with the native hair and add density to the hair.
The final yield of body hair transplant is lower than the transplant of the scalp hair. The graft uptake of body hair is between 60 to 80%. According to a study of more than 122 patients, 63.1% of the patients reported that the healing, hair growth and overall satisfaction was good with the body hair transplant procedure.
Yes, body hair can be used for transplant. Hair from beard, under arms, chest, pubic hair and other body sites can be used for hair transplant. Chest and beard hair are usually preferred for hair transplant. When the body hair is transplanted onto the scalp, the hair will grow longer due to the influence of the scalp dermis on the transplanted hair.