Body Hair Transplantation

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Body Hair Transplantation2020-04-02T21:12:22+05:30

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:

  • Are poor scalp donor with Norwood Grade 6 or Norwood grade 7 baldness

  • Need complete scalp coverage in one sitting

  • Have had hair transplant failure with depleted scalp donor

  • Have retrograde thinning of donor scalp

  • Have scarring alopecia or burns, which reduce the availability of donor grafts

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:

  • A piece of the donor area is removed using a scalpel. The size of the strip is nearly 6 to 10 inches long, which can stretch from ear to ear.

  • The donor area is then closed with stitches.

  • The scalp strip is separated into several smaller pieces, as many as 2,000 smaller fragments. These fragments are called grafts, and they may contain only one hair each.

  • Small holes are made in the scalp using a blade or needle.

  • The hair removed from the donor region are inserted into these holes. This process is called grafting.

  • The surgical sites are then covered with gauze or bandages.

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:

  • The hair in the donor area is shaved.

  • The individual follicles are removed out of the skin, leaving behind only tiny marks.

  • Like in the FUT procedure, small holes are made in the scalp, and the hair follicles are grafted into the holes.

  • The surgical site is then covered with gauze or bandages.

ADVANTAGES OF BODY HAIR TRANSPLANT

The following are some benefits of body hair transplant:

  • Individuals with poor hair on the scalp can have complete coverage of the scalp.

  • When the body hair is implanted on the scalp, it has a good growth rate.

  • The recipient influence allows the body hair to grow well, when transplanted into the scalp. Also, a greater number of hairs can be taken from the body.

  • Body hair can remain on the scalp for a longer duration, as these hair are resistant to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of hair fall.

COMPLICATIONS OF BODY HAIR TRANSPLANT

Body hair transplant has minimal side effects. The common side effects are:

  • Keloid (smooth, hard growths formed due to excessive scar tissue growth) formation, if the follicles are overharvested from the sternal region (near the breast bone).

  • Hypopigmentation in the donor region, if the individual has dark skin.

  • The body hair appears asymmetric after surgery.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can you use other’s hair for transplant?2020-02-02T11:47:56+05:30

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.

Can leg hair be used for hair transplant?2020-02-02T11:47:09+05:30

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.

Can pubic hair be transplanted onto the head?2020-02-02T11:46:35+05:30

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.

Is body hair transplant successful?2020-02-02T11:48:57+05:30

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.

Can body hair be used for transplant?2020-02-02T11:44:49+05:30

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.