Blending Body Hair With Scalp Hair Transplantation

Body hair, or BH, has become more used in recent years to increase the supply of donor hair; all care must be taken before utilising this donor resource for a number of reasons and it is not something that should be undergone without exhausting all options

Genetically strong scalp hair is used from around the sides and back of the scalp, the scalp donor safe zone; hair that does not suffer from the Male Pattern Baldness gene, and can be removed and replaced in the area of hair loss, the recipient area

In some cases the scalp hair donor may not be sufficient or has been depleted by previous hair transplant procedures; this is especially true when repair surgery is required and the traditional donor is impaired or classified as an “open donor”

Body hair is any hair that is not scalp hair, includes the beard, chest hair, hair on the arms and legs. BH can have many different characteristics compared to scalp hair, hair calibre, and growth phases, to name two and it is important to ensure that a natural blend can be maintained with the scalp hair

Dependent on the area of the body, for example beard hair can be much coarser compared to scalp hair; this can give slightly more coverage may be but the contrast when compared to the scalp hair can be huge

Generally body hair does not grow as long as scalp hair, the growth phase being shorter so if used this must be taken into consideration otherwise there will be obvious cosmetic differences compared to the scalp hair

Hairs grow in groups called follicular units, FU´s, with an approximate average of hairs per FU at 2.2 for scalp hair; body hair is almost always single hair FU´s, occasionally 2 hairs but very rarely more, so the average hair per group is much lower than scalp hair. This impact on the coverage achieved per FU and the total number of BH grafts required can be almost 3 times that compared to scalp hair

BH has been used with success on patients but this does not mean it is suitable for every candidate; there are many variables that need to be taken into consideration before taking this option as much is still not understood about the growth and use of body hair

When entering surgical hair restoration the aim is to cover the required area with a natural appearance that blends with the surrounding hair and create a balanced natural looking density over the scalp

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