Body hair transplant (BHT) is a procedure of transferring the hair grafts from anywhere of the body parts to the recipient area. It is most appropriate for facial hair transplantation such as Moustache, Beard, Eyebrows reconstruction or in some cases of the burnt & accidental scars, mainly on the moustache, beard or on the eyebrows, which degrade the persons’ beauty and appearance. The implanted hair grows naturally and hides the scars aesthetically. These hairs can be taken from the chest, armpits, abdomen or anywhere in the body.
Body hair can also be transplanted to the scalp areas when the person does not have the adequate donor supply, i.e., the back & sides of the scalp have very few hairs and so the extractions are not possible for the expected number of hair grafts.
Body hair transplants on the scalp are the least preferable and recommended in the rare cases only when the patient doesn’t have the enough donor scalp hair for the hair transplantation. In some cases like Alopecia areata or skin diseases, burnt or the accidental cases where the patient lost the hair even from the back & sides of the scalp, which makes the donor supply very limited. And in such cases, the Doctors/Surgeons are compelled to extract the hair from the other parts of the body to meet the requirement of the recipient area.
When the Body to Scalp Hair Transplants are Needed
These body hairs not only transplanted to the balding scalp areas, but also get it done to heal the donor site scars where they can effectively improve coverage. The body hair transplant is used to cover the donor site’s scar areas also and Dr Suneet Soni is one of the few Surgeons in the world with experience & expertise in this area.
Why is Body Hair not preferable on the Scalp?
The Characteristic Properties of Hair are different in different part of the body
The body hair is differentiated from the scalp hair and less visible vellus hair, which are much finer & lighter in color. The scalp hair is altogether different from the body hair as it has a different caliber, length, thickness as well as the density of hair, i.e., the number of hair follicles per unit area of skin. The scalp hair generally grows in the number ranges between 1-3 follicular units per graft, but the body hair graft has a single follicular unit, which differentiates the hair characteristic in their density as well. And this is the prime factor that makes the limitation for extracting the body hair for the purpose of scalp hair transplantation.
The same Growth Pattern with different span of Hair Growth Phases
The Body hair follows the same growth pattern as the hair that grows on the scalp, but with a shorter anagen phase and longer telogen phase. While the anagen phase of the hair on one’s head lasts for years, the body hair growing phase lasts a few months. This shortened growing period extended dormant (telogen) phase explains why the scalp hair tends to be much longer than another part of the body hair. So, it is not advisable to take the body hair or the scalp hair transplantation as it has a different length property and not admissible until there is a strong need for the same in some special cases of the insufficient donor hair of the scalp.
Scalp to Body Hair Transplant
Body hair transplantation (BHT) using the scalp hair is most commonly performed to restore the chest and abdomen area’s hair and also applied to the pubic hair, axilla and any other area, where hair is desired, to provide the thickness as well as the growth of hair where there is none. For some of the particular cases where maximum density is required, the second procedure of BHT can also be performed to fulfill the aesthetic need of the body hair restoration.
Limitations of Body Hair Transplant
A different lengthen Time
The body hair transplant is not recommended, especially for the scalp hair transplant as the hair roots of the body have different lengthening time, which may require more than 60 days to make the length even in 1 inch. The scalp hair only takes the 50-60 days to take the length of 1 inch, whereas the beard hair takes the 5-6 months to grow a single inch and chest hair is all different takes a whole one year to grow in the single inch. So, when this body hair is transplanted to the scalp portion it does not give the aesthetic look and taken at least preferable only when there is no sufficient donor supply of the scalp hair.
The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is used for the Body Hair Transplant
The FUE technique is used for the body hair transplant involves the punching machines to extract the hair roots. The hair roots are extracted randomly as each punch requires an aesthetic distance for the next punching. The FUE is only suitable for the body hair transplant as there is no question for strip off option. The other fact associated with body hair transplant is their limitations of hair root extraction as well as the limited number of body hairs which is not feasible in order to cover the particular grade of scalp baldness.
Why Medispa Laser, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Centre for BHT?
Dr Suneet Soni has a keen aesthetic sense and knowledge with an extreme expertise to perform the body hair transplant for both the types, whether it is used as the donor hair to fill the scalp area as well as the BHT to restore the chest, eyebrow, moustache or beard by the FUE hair transplant technique.
At Medispa Laser, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Centre, BHT for treating male pattern baldness is highly standardized and modern as the used technique of FUE, which is especially used for the body hair transplant are aided with the modern and advanced technique to meet the desired goal of the hair restoration procedure. The body hair transplant is used as donor hair, in the occasional patient who either has a need for a large number of grafts or when the donor area is not in the status to provide the desired number of grafts to fill the bald area of the scalp.
The donor area needs to be kept covered with antibiotics for 4-5 days, from the point of extraction of the donor area’s hair follicles in order to heal up the scars.
The entire procedure of BHT can be scheduled by Email, phone and virtual consultation, with our team able to evaluate photos sent by the patient.