Can Hair be Transplanted from Other Areas to Head?
Hair transplant can be a life-changing experience for those seeking to regain their confidence and enhance their appearance. However, this method also raises concerns about the safety and expected results, as well as various minor details. One of the common questions I receive is whether body hair can be used for hair transplantation or if hair from other areas can be transplanted onto the scalp. Additionally, people often ask which parts of the hair can be utilized. In this article, we will clearly address these questions.
Jirayu Jatechayanon MBChB
October 1, 2021
What is hair transplant, and which parts of the hair can be used?
Let’s first understand what hair transplantation is. In simple terms, hair transplant is a process of moving hair grafts with strong hair follicles to bald areas in need of replacement. Generally, hair grafts from the occiput or side of the head are preferred for hair transplantation because they are stronger and have a higher chance of survival after being transplanted. As when we observe people with hair loss problems, we can see that the hair in the back and sides of the head is usually less affected, even in those who are genetically predisposed to baldness.
Is it possible to get hair transplanted from body hairs?
The answer to whether hair can be transplanted from other areas is yes. This method is known as “Body Hair Transplantation,” which involves using hair from different parts of the body to grow hair on the scalp. The parts of the body where hair can be extracted include the chest, mustache, beard, armpits, pubic area, and shins. However, it is only recommended after assessing that the hair on the occiput or on the sides of the head is insufficient for the desired hair transplant.
The reason why it is not preferable to use hair from other parts of the body for transplantation is due to the different natural characteristics of the hairs in various parts, hence it may not look as natural as scalp hair when transplanted. For example, chest hair is often more curly, making it look inconsistent when transplanted. Beard hair can also be used, but it is thicker and coarser than scalp hair, so it is often transplanted into the center of the head rather than the front to make the hair look thicker and not obviously different.
The question of whether hair can be transplanted from the body to the head probably gets a clear answer here. However, choosing the areas of hair for transplantation should be evaluated, and the best treatment guidelines should be provided by the doctor to achieve the most natural-looking hair and satisfactory results.
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