It is known that hair transplantation depends heavily on the principle of the donor area, this area is located at the bottom and sides of the head and is characterized by having strong hair and resistant to baldness. The doctor benefits from the donor area by taking proper hair from it and implanting it in areas affected by baldness, The result is full hair resistant to baldness. Hair transplantation with its various techniques is based on this principle but in advanced cases of baldness the donor area of the head may be weak and unusable in hair transplantation. Is it possible in this case to resort to other areas in the body to extract the hair from them? What are the fears and obstacles that prevent this?
In this article we discuss all this in detail:
In general, the body hair is not the same quality as natural head hair where it is often different in terms of type and method of growth. Therefore, doctors in general do not recommend using body hair as a donor area in hair transplantation. However, hair transplant using body hair is possible in some cases determined by the doctor after medical examination, the priority is to use chin hair or can be used as a back, chest or legs hair. The hair follicles are taken directly from the donor area under local anesthesia using a small tool ranging in thickness from 0.75 mm to 1 mm where The doctor creates a small circular incision inside the skin surrounding the follicle and is pulled directly from the position and saved in a nutritive liquid and then implanted in the receiving area.
The main difference between regular hair transplantation and hair transplantation using body hair is that instead of taking hair from the back of the scalp, which enjoys high density, doctors will take hair from other areas of the body. Otherwise, the mechanism of operation is done naturally and is similar to normal hair transplantation.
There are some important differences that make head hair different from body hair where the patient should know this well before embarking on this hair transplantation process. The most important points are: the different environment that will incubate the implanted hair, in addition to other factors such as color, thickness, or hair structure. Accordingly, the concerns that the patient may face when undertaking the process can be summed up by:
1- The scalp may not accept the body hair because of the differences mentioned previously.
2- Possibility of losing of the implanted hair after 2 or 3 years.
1- The implanted hair will be lower quality than normal head hair.
2- In order to obtain a successful outcome, doctor must transplant a much larger number of follicles than the patient normally needs. This is because if we transplant 1,000 follicles, only 500 of them may be intact.
3- The success rate is less than the success rate of conventional hair transplantation (the success rate of regular hair transplantation can reach 97%).
In general, its use is useful to those who have lost the donor area in head partially or completely as a result of accidents, diseases or something like that.
Hair transplantation using body hair is a risk that doctors do not like in normal situations, but in certain cases, the doctor can decide to perform this type of surgery.