Body Hair Transpalnt
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 transplant or BHT can be considered as an extension of FUE hair transplant where donor area extends to body. It can be used in patients who do not have enough supply of donor scalp hair. This may be naturally so or may be a result of previously performed bad hair transplants.
In this technique matching donor hair roots are extracted from the body parts like beard, chest, legs, armpit etc. and placed directly in the scalp. Although simple in concept, it is vastly different on practical grounds. There are many differences between scalp and body hair transplant which make this procedure less than ideal. The foremost concern is availability of adequate number of hairs. As body hairs are lower in density, it is not possible to harvest them in thousands. In general the most dense body hair are present in the beard area of men. These hairs are thicker and also grow longer as compared to other body hairs. Beard hairs are therefore considered most suitable for body hair transplant. If a patient does not have adequate beard hairs, other areas like chest or leg hairs can be harvested for hair restoration.
Why Have Body Hair Transplants?
Body hair transplants (BHTs) are procedures that take a lot of hair 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
What is the procedure for body hair transplant?
Only FUE/DHT can be performed from body hairs. The surgeon needs to use sharp serrated punch for minimal scars. Chest needs to be shaved 7 days before the surgery to select only fast growing grafts.