Body Hair Transplant (BHT) is becoming popular among the men who do not have a sufficient supply of hair in the donor area over their scalp for hair transplantation, but who do have body hair with high density. Today, many patients with a large balding recipient area but with a limited donor area on their scalp, are asking if their body hair can be implanted to their balding scalp.
The possibility, as our surgeons tell us, depends on several variables, such as the similarity of the hair between body and head, the size of the donor area and the length of the body hair.
The term body-hair transplantation does not include beard to hair transplantation. Beard is the first choice as a donor area for the transplantation. The success rate of beard to hair transplant is much higher than rest-of-the-body hair transplantation (60% to 95%).
Observations show that chest hair is the next best alternative. It has the greatest density and the highest success rate and it generates hair with the longest growth after transplantation. The hair on the back, the abdomen, and the arms generally are not considered suitable donor areas.
The possibility of body hair to head transplantation varies from patient to patient. After the consultation, the surgeon will determine which part of the body hair is suitable to be used as a donor area for the transplantation, how many grafts will be to be collected properly and to which part of the head the body hair can be transplanted.
The collected hair from the body is generally used to increase the density of the hair for the crown area. Our surgeons find body hair as being less suitable for restoring the patient’s hairline.
Patients should be aware that the time needed to see the result of the body to hair transplantation takes much longer time than it takes after other kinds of hair transplantations (FUE, DHI, etc.).
How Is Body Hair Transplant Performed?
The body hair units are carefully extracted with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique. There will be no visible scars left in the donor area. The extracted body hair grafts are implanted to the recipient area in the same way as grafts taken from the scalp.