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Body Hair Transplant

What is a Body Hair Transplant?

A body hair transplant is a procedure that involves restoring lost hair from the scalp by extracting hair from other areas of the body. This method of hair transplant is usually only recommended if a patient does not have a sufficient donor area — the hair that grows on the back and sides on the head and is less prone to balding.

Using the same techniques as an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) transplant, this delicate procedure is performed by extracting individual hair follicles with precise surgical tools. These grafts will then be transplanted into areas of the scalp that are suffering from hair loss. As the techniques performed by the surgical team mirror those used in an FUE procedure, a body hair transplant is painless, unintrusive and precise.

While it is technically possible to extract any body hair, most surgeons will only transplant hair from the chest and abdomen, or potentially the beard. This is because these areas produce hair that most closely emulates the properties of the hair on your scalp, resulting in a more natural appearance. If possible, surgeons will likely also extract any available hair from the donor area of the scalp to supplement those extracted from the body for the best results.

Body Hair Transplant: Step by Step

Body hair transplants are in-depth procedures that are performed by skilled specialists that have years of experience in the field. A transplant is a long procedure that will usually take a full day to complete. Here’s what you can expect from a day in surgery:

Hair transplant prep

The first step in a body hair transplant is to prepare your scalp in preparation for surgery. This is done by shaving your head so that your surgeon can see the angle and direction of your hair, allowing them to implant the new grafts in a way that creates a natural blend. 

While you can shave your own head in preparation, it’s best to allow your surgeon to do it on the day of your procedure. If you accidentally shave your hair too close to your scalp, it can complicate the extraction process.

The injections

Once you’re prepped and ready for surgery, the first step is a local anaesthetic. You’ll receive injections in the areas of your body where you’ll be extracting the hair follicles. While this may sting a little at first, it will allow the surgeon to carry out the extraction stage painlessly to ensure you stay comfortable.

Extracting the grafts

Body hair transplants extract donor hair follicles with a specialised device called a Micro Punch. These precise instruments vary in diameter from 0.7mm to 1.25mm and are used to puncture the skin around individual follicles and extract the bulb using delicate forceps. 

Thanks to the precision of the Micro Punch, and the skills of our experienced surgeons, this extraction process results in just pinpoint scarring that will be invisible to the naked eye once you’ve recovered from your body hair transplant.

Once the hair follicle bulb has been removed, it is placed in a solution to ensure it stays at the ideal level of hydration, temperature and humidity.

Harvesting the grafts

Once your grafts have been extracted, they will then be separated into groups that are characterised by thickness, size and the number of hairs in each hair follicle bulb. As some hair follicles can house two or more hairs, these are prioritised for implantation as they help to create fuller, thicker-looking hair.

Incisions

Once your grafts have been successfully extracted, it’s time to prepare for implantation. At this stage of the body hair transplant, your surgeon will administer local anaesthetic — this time in the area you’re transplanting the donor hair to. They will then make a number of micro-incisions into your scalp in the areas where they intend to implant the hair follicles.

Placing the grafts

After your surgeon has finished with the incisions, they will then manually implant the recipient area of your scalp with individual hair follicles. The surgeon will patiently and accurately place each hair follicle bulb 1mm below the surface of the intradermal layer of the scalp.

Once this process is fully completed, your surgeon will bandage up your head for protection and provide you with a set of specific instructions for you to follow to ensure you achieve the best results possible from your body hair transplant.

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Body Hair Transplant Aftercare 

The success of your body hair transplant depends on how well your scalp heals. After your procedure, your doctor will provide you will a list of clear instructions on how to look after your scalp in the coming days and weeks to ensure the best results possible — the first 48 hours of which will be the most important. During this time, you’ll need to ensure your scalp is hydrated and that your head remains upright and untouched, especially when sleeping.

Your doctor will go through all the information with you after your procedure and will be just a phone call away if you have any questions while in recovery.

 

Am I Suitable for a Body Hair Transplant?

Suitability for any method of hair transplantation is crucial to ensure satisfactory results. While a patient’s donor area would usually be examined to determine how well-suited they are for hair restoration, body hair transplants rely on a solid supply of hair from body parts such as the chest and abdomen.  

It’s also important to know the differences between a body hair transplant and one that relies on the donor area. While a body hair transplant is performed in a similar way to an FUE transplant, there are additional factors to consider. The hair extracted will behave differently from those harvested from the scalp, so it’s important your expectations are kept in check.

Here are some details to remember when considering a body hair transplant:

  1. Hair will retain the same properties once transplanted. This means that chest hair, for example, will maintain the same length, density and texture when transplanted to the scalp as it does when on your body.
  2. Body hair should be used to add density to areas of hair loss and should not be used in the frontal hairline. The properties of body hair will look unnatural if not blended within the hair on your scalp.
  3. Body hair extraction is considerably lower than that of an FUE or FUT hair transplant. Very rarely will a follicle unit contain more than one hair from a body hair transplant.
  4. Due to single-hair follicles, body hair transplants provide less coverage than traditional transplant procedures. Even if the extracted hairs are very dense, they won’t provide full coverage — much in the same way that thick forearm hair won’t completely conceal the skin. 


As there is a lot to consider, the best way to know if you’re a suitable candidate is to speak to one of our hair restoration specialists directly. Book a free online consultation with our team to learn more about your situation and what options are available to you.

FAQ's

Everyone experiences hair loss differently, and each prospective patient will have varying circumstances. There are no strict perametres of when a person has too little remaining hair for a transplant, as many factors are considered. By speaking with a doctor or booking an online consultation, you can discuss what options are available to you with a professional.

Yes, chest hair is often the most commonly used area of the body for a body hair transplant — assuming there are enough follicles to harvest. The chest is the most ideal location for body hair as the hairs most closely resemble those on your scalp when compared to areas such as arms and legs.

While technically possible, it is highly unlikely that a surgeon would ever use leg hair as donor hair follicles for a transplant. Leg hair differs from the hair on your scalp in a number of ways, including colour and shape, meaning it would be difficult to achieve similar results to a traditional hair transplant.

All methods of hair transplantation are permanent. The donor hair follicles preserve their characteristics, which ensures healthy growth and longevity.

Yes, body hair can be transplanted to the scalp if a patient does not have enough donor hair for the procedure. Only certain areas of the body are suitable for a transplant, meaning not all candidates will be suitable for a body hair transplant.

For Body Hair Transplants, Contact FUE Clinics

If you are wanting body hair transplant results, then be sure to choose the team at FUE Clinics today. We have a team of the best body transplant surgeons who can give advice and carry out your Body Hair Transplant procedure to the highest of standards. For more information on our body hair transplant surgeries be sure to get in touch with the experts at FUE Clinics today.

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