Body hair to scalp transplant
Body hair transplant to the head/scalp is the latest technique used in hair transplant surgeries if you have a scarcity of donor area. Thinking of getting a hair transplant done but lack of donor area? Body hair transplant to the head is then one of the best options. It is conducted when there is a lack of good scalp donor hair and the body hair is used as a substitute.
The body hair transplant to scalp procedure harvests hair from different sites of the body, such as chest, underarms, beard, etc. For hair transplant on the head, the best graft can be harvested from the back of the head or the sides of the scalp. However, when there is a scarcity of donor hair in these areas, beard hair for hair transplant can be used followed by chest hair. Beard hair is preferred because they are thicker in diameter and can grow to any length as well. Generally, a body hair transplant to the scalp is considered when the baldness level is grade 6 or 7.
Body to scalp hair transplant
Under these circumstances, a trial of body hair may be performed to evaluate the growth and appearance of the grafts.
While we can use hair from the beard, shoulders, chest, abdomen, torso, legs, arms, underarms, or pubic area for transplant. It has been found that the hair from the beard and chest is closest in comparison to scalp hair. Thus, the most commonly used non-scalp donor areas. The beard is the preferred donor area over a chest, as the beard hair is closer in length, texture, behaviour. Beard transplants have a success rate of 80-85%.
A special technique is used to determine whether you are eligible to undergo a Body hair transplant to scalp or not, called the Torso Donor Index (TDI), which includes the following five criteria:
With TDI < 4, the patient is ineligible for a Body hair transplant. A TDI score of 5-8 makes them suitable under certain circumstances, while a score of 8 or more makes them perfectly eligible for undergoing a Body hair transplant to the scalp.
Body to scalp hair transplant
Body hair transplant to head is accomplished using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique.
Key success factors
Other significant factors include
The body hair transplant to scalp procedure has not been researched and studied as extensively as transplantation from a scalp donor area. As we are yet to find out more about body hair transplant, it needs to be considered as the last resort when all other techniques don’t work. Although the survival rate is low as compared to other transplant procedures, it is the only method for some patients.
After being transplanted to the scalp, it has been seen that the body hairs change their structure to adjust to the head hair. Generally, these hairs turn out to be longer and straighter.
Individuals seeking hair transplants from body hair need to understand that this treatment is done as the final efforts to restore hair on the scalp and the progress could be unpredictable. Therefore, before opting for a body hair transplant to the head, it is highly recommended to talk to your dermatologist and hair specialist about it in detail.
Professionals from HairMD Clinic not only offer Body hair transplants to the head but also help design the most effective plan for you to meet your hair restoration needs.
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