What is Body Hair Transplantation?
Body hair transplantation is a technique of transferring hair from hair-bearing parts of your body to other areas. It usually includes transfer of your hair from the:
- Chest, abdomen, armpits, arms, thighs or pubis to the scalp
- Beard to the scalp
- Arms or legs to the beard, moustache or eyebrows
Need for Body Hair Transplantation
Normally, the hair from the side and back of the scalp is used for transplantation. Body hair transplantation is recommended when an individual lacks a suitable donor area in the scalp due to poor hair growth. People with less or no hair in certain areas of their body or suffering from male pattern baldness due to heredity, underlying health conditions, accidents, or surgeries can benefit from body hair transplantation.
Body hair transplantation can help
- Restore hair in people who have previously had unsuccessful hair transplantation using scalp hair.
- Increase the volume of the eyebrows, moustache and beard.
- Hide unpleasant marks or scars on the face.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Body Hair Transplantation?
In order to determine if you are an ideal candidate for body hair transplantation, your doctor will use a special scoring system called Torso Donor Index (TDI), which evaluates 5 key parameters of your donor area which include:
Body hair transplantation can help
- The size of the donor area
- Length of the donor hair
- Similarity of donor hair with the scalp or facial hair
- The number of follicular units within 2-3 hair follicles
- The density of body hair which should be more than 40 FU/cm2
People with a TDI score ≥ 8 are considered ideal candidates for body hair transplantation. You may undergo hair transplantation under certain circumstances if your TDI score is between 5 to 7. People with a TDI score < 4 may not be suitable for this procedure.
What to Consider before Body Hair Transplantation
It is necessary to consider certain limitations of body hair transplantation before undergoing the procedure which include the following:
- Body hair grows slower than scalp hair. It takes around 1 year for your chest hair to grow about an inch.
- The number of available donor hair roots may not be sufficient to cover scalp baldness.
- The colour, thickness and direction of growth of the body hair may not be the same as your scalp hair.
- The shedding cycle of the transplanted body hair is often more frequent than the scalp hair.
- Since body hair differs from scalp hair in texture and growth, your doctor may recommend mixing of body hair with that of scalp hair (in case you are not completely bald) for a better look. Straightening and other grooming techniques may also improve results.
Preparing for the Procedure
Your doctor will review your medical history, medications and allergies and examine the areas of hair loss. A few basic blood tests may be ordered. Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol or caffeinated drinks 2-3 days prior to the procedure. If you are on blood-thinning medication your doctor may advise you to stop them temporarily.
Body Hair Transplantation with Follicular Unit Extraction (BHT FUE) Procedure
The technique usually used for body hair transplantation is follicular unit extraction (FUE) and involves the following steps:
- The donor area of your body is numbed using local anaesthetics.
- A skilled hair technician uses a punch to make small circular cuts in the skin of the donor area to extract individual hair follicles.
- Recipient sites are created in your scalp or facial areas by your surgeon using small surgical blades.
- The follicular unit grafts are inserted into the recipient sites.
- The grafted hair falls out in a few weeks after which new hair grows.
- The hair from the transplanted region gradually falls off and new hair begins to grow. Visible results are seen after a year.
- Take prescribed pain medications and antibiotics to manage pain and infection.
- Apply prescribed ointments to the donor area.
- Use cold packs that help manage inflammation.
- Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and caffeinated drinks for at least one week.
- Keep your scalp or face dry for about a week.
- Avoid scratching or pulling at the area, or wearing a hat immediately after the procedure.
- Avoid strenuous activities for the first one to two weeks.
- Wash your hair as instructed and apply prescribed hair growth serum.
Success of Body Hair Transplantation
The success of your body hair transplantation procedure depends on the experience and expertise of your hair transplantation specialist along with other factors such as
- Selection of suitable donor area
- Precise extraction of body hair
- Preparation and storage of body hair
- The creation of hairline that is natural looking
- Precise graft implantation
Complications are rare but can include redness, swelling, bruising, infection and dot-like scars at the donor region.
Advantages of Body Hair Transplantation with FUE
The various advantages include:
- Painless procedure
- Restores hair permanently
- Natural-looking results
Hair in your beard is most suitable for transplantation on the scalp followed by your chest hair. Other areas such as underarms and pubic hairs may be considered if you have poor availability of beard or chest hair. Hair can even be transferred from the scalp to other parts of the body such as chest, abdomen, axilla and pubis by expert hair specialists depending on your aesthetic needs. Talk to the hair transplantation experts at CosmeSurge for more information.