Body Parts Pitch for Hair Transplants

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Balding is a potentially destructive condition, not only to the looks of the person, but also to the psyche of those who suffer from it. Society has not been so kind or forgiving to those who are afflicted by this hair receding condition and people who face this problem have gone through great lengths to address them.

However, the permanent solution is sometimes not the perfect solution and may require some creativity to make it work. Hair transplants are regarded as the most effective procedure for hair loss. But what if the hair you need to transplant is not where it usually is? You go and search for other sources of course. At the very least, it should be from your body.  And that is how hair transplant from the other body parts was born.

Who should have them?

In the ideal world, donor hair or the hair used for transplanting to the scalp is taken from the back or side of the head.  These are the areas that are normally least affected by hair loss. However, there are cases when the healthy hair from these areas is not enough or the hair could not be used to make way for the procedure.

The patient could have also had hair transplant in the past and has used up the healthy specimen. Unfortunately, this is a very crucial qualification because generally speaking, transplants with unsuitable donor hair are not pleasing to the eyes. They are limited in their capacity to compensate for the hair loss and the scars are actually still very visible.

Why Have Body Hair Transplants?

Body hair transplants (BHTs) are procedures that take a lot of from the patients and should be only performed under the following circumstances:

  • For the completion of the effects of a previous hair transplant procedure, usually when the donor area is deemed insufficient
  • For hair transplants in small areas like the eyebrows, moustache, and beard
  • For correcting the scarring in the scalp area, including those that were caused by a previous hair transplant procedure

Why Body Hair?

Body hair has been regarded as the best material for hair transplant because they have been proven to grow longer whey they are transplanted to the scalp. This is because of recipient influence or the influence of scalp dermis on the transplanted hair. The irony of hair loss is that those who suffer from alopecia actually have excessive hair in the other parts of the body. This actually gives hope to those who are suffering from hair loss.

Like all the other procedures out there, BHT also has its pros and cons.

Advantages of Body Hair Transplant

The procedures for hair transplant are expanded because of the use of donor areas that were never taken into account before. Scars become a thing of the past, as there is now a bigger possibility of correcting the scars without the need to create new ones in this part of the body. Scars of the upper lip in men have also become correctable because of the possibility of using the hair taken from the chin area. And to top it all off, the hair used are the ones that patients have considered useless to begin with.

Disadvantages of Body Hair Transplant

No matter where the hair is from, there would be a slightly different nature of the hair than the ones growing on the scalp. The look will not be a hundred percent perfect, but the results are definitely better than decent. There might also be a need to anesthetize the donor areas that are bigger than usual and the mild discomfort can be felt on the donor area after the grafts have been taken.

Things to Know About Body Hair Transplants

The treatment is actually named Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This entails the removal of healthy hair follicles from a healthy donor area, which is usually at the back of the patient’s head and transplanting them to where hair has receded or thinned out. If it is hair from the other parts of the body, the same procedure is used. They are individually and carefully to the target area.

The Procedure

Because you shall be removing and transplanting individual hair follicles, it may last for many hours, depending on the number of hair required for the affected area. A typical procedure can go anywhere from three to eight and can transplant as many as 200 to 3,400 of one and two hair grafts, which totally depends on the areas needed to be covered.

This particular type of procedure has to be performed under local anesthesia and is considered painless. To prepare the hair for transplant, they are clipped to a 1-2 mm length and is done with the use of powerful magnifying glasses to enlarge the subjects at hand.

A special instrument is then used to take the single hair follicles from the hairy donor part. They are then put inside special containers that are filled with preserving fluid and then kept at low temperature. The donor area that was used is then covered with a dressing that contains an antiseptic ointment and is expected to heal within five to seven days after the procedure, leaving invisible traces behind.

After being extracted from the donor area, the grafts are then inserted in the bald area or what is called the recipient area by a technique called the four-hand-stick-and-place technique. Though the donor areas can be abundant, the number of grafts used in hair transplantation is limited because there are also limited possibilities as far as the donor are on the scalp is concerned. This simply means that the possibilities of the procedure without leaving visible traces of surgical intervention are increased because the grafts were taken from the other parts of the body.

Post Operation Concerns

Even if the procedure requires a long time at the clinic, the patient can immediately leave the premises after the treatment.

A week after the treatment, redness and swelling can be expected on the head and the donor area. While healing from these, the patient should avoid taking part in rigorous activities or exercises like sports activities.

Another condition to expect is what is called as “shedding.” This is when the transplanted superficial hair follicles fall out of the head to enable the roots to embed and finally settle in their new location where they are expected to grow healthily. This phase may last for different periods of time and ultimately depends on the head of the patient.

Legs as the Donor Parts

Though all the essentially hairy parts of the body are potentially good donor parts, the legs are singled out as the best source for several reasons. With the traditional transplant, the hair is taken from the back of the head and the hair on that area is the thickest on the head. The implication is that when you transplant this type of hair to the hairline, it would look a bit harsh compared to the existing hair on the hairline, giving that unnatural look that patients try to really avoid.

However, with the hair on the legs, they are finer and softer, thus making them the perfect candidates for hair grafts intended for the hairline, giving you that natural look that leaves almost no trace of BHT.

If you are considering hair transplant but think that you do not have enough hair to cover your balding head, you can trust that Dr. Andrew Kim of the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration can provide you with the alternatives to address your unique hair loss concern. Dr. Kim is not to be one of the highly-skilled hair transplant surgeons in Australia.

To book your consultation with Dr. Kim, simply call us or fill-out our inquiry form today!

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