Body Hair Transplant Dallas
Body hair transplant can refer to one of two opposite procedures: either removing hair from the body and placing it into the scalp or contrariwise removing hair from the scalp to place it into the body. In the first scenario,men who want more coverage on the top of their head but no longer have transplantable scalp hairs can have hairs harvested and transplanted from the beard or chest into the head. In the second aforementioned scenario, a man who desires to have more chest hair could use his scalp hair to be transplanted onto his chest to achieve that goal. To remove beard and chest hair and to place it into the scalp requires performing the FUE method of hair harvesting, i.e., removing individual hairs from the chest using a small punch device. When hair is transplanted onto the chest from the scalp, either FUE or FU-strip methods can be used but the latter strip method is more commonly employed. Dr. Lam commonly performs corrective procedure and successfully uses body hair as the additional donor area to help improve one’s appearance.
As mentioned above, the beard and chest hair can be used when the donor hair in the scalp has been depleted through numerous prior hair-transplant procedures. Typically, the beard hair is the preferred, non-scalp source that should be harvested before considering the use of the chest (or leg) hair for a few important reasons. First, beard hair typically has a more favorable caliber than chest hair when trying to restore hair density in the scalp. Second, beard hairs grow more consistently as well as longer and faster when transplanted to the scalp than chest hair. Third, hairs removed from the beard oftentimes heal very well and do not leave behind a visible area of hypopigmentation (loss of skin color), which is more likely to happen when hair is harvested from the chest. Nevertheless, chest hairs can still be a very important source to restore lost scalp hair when beard hair is depleted, unavailable, or non-existent. Additionally, chest hairs have a finer caliber that can be used to blend into beard hairs or used along the hairline for refinement of a previously transplanted result.
There are many situations when a body hair transplant is the only choice, such as when scalp donor hair has been depleted, for correction of old plugs or to fix scars from the previous procedures while preserving scalp hair for future hair transplants. If you are considering body hair transplant, it is important to judgethe surgeon’s expertise and artistry. The various textures, calibers, and curls of hairs from different regions are like paintbrushes used to paint a canvas. The use of the right brushes is a decision made by the artistry of the surgeon and team to accomplish the desired goals. As mentioned, beard hairs are typically firmer and thicker and work well to add central density to the scalp, whereas chest hairs are finer and work well at the periphery and intermixed with beard hairs to soften the appearance.
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- Ideal Candidates for Body Hair Transplants
- Men who wish to have a hair transplant but who have significantly diminished or depleted donor hair from the scalp
- Men who have a strong beard and/or chest hair to use as supplements to standard scalp hair transplants
- What to do
- Make a long-term plan since a body hair transplant may require several sessions.
- Avoid shaving for 48 hours prior to the procedure. It is important to keep the beard at a specific length (no longer than 1 to 2 mm or a 2-day growth).
- If your beard is white, you should color it the day before the procedure using Just for Men for Beard and Mustache.
- If you are out of town, you will be required to arrive the day before the procedure and will be allowed to travel the day after, staying in town for a total of two nights.
- What to expect
- Beard harvesting sites heal very quickly and usually cause very minimal discomfort. You will be required to wet shave your beard (the donor area) 48 hours after the end of the procedure.
- Occasionally harvest sites can look like small red or white dots. The chest area has a tendency to create hypopigmented (lighter-colored) scars, so it may heal with more visible dots than the beard area. Oftentimes, you can continue to wear facial hair (such as a goatee, full beard, or mustache) since typically only hairs underneath the chin (in the neck area) are harvested.
- Transplanted hairs should start growing 3 to 4 months post-procedure and should improve in growth up to 12 months post-procedure or longer.
- Beard hair would look and feel coarser than scalp hairs but should blend well. Body hairs should look and feel finer than scalp hairs and could go through shedding cycles more frequently than the scalp or beard hairs.
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Dr. Sam Lam is an expert at performing body hair transplants in Dallas, TX. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, contact our office to schedule your informational consultation today.
Does Dr. Lam ever use body hair transplant as a first-line treatment for scalp hair loss?
In general, no. Scalp hairs are almost always the preferred method for scalp hair loss. Body hairs don’t look as natural because they don’t have the same texture (usually coarser and kinkier for beard hairs or weak and thinner for chest hairs) than scalp hairs. In addition, the beard and chest hairs don’t grow the same rate as surrounding scalp hairs. It is ideal to use body hairs in between transplanted hairs. Why not just between natural, untransplanted scalp hairs? Because the fear is that these hairs will be lost and then the beard and chest hairs would just stand in isolation.
Does Dr. Lam ever use chest hairs over beard hairs as a preferred method for treating scalp hair loss?
Chest hairs are far weaker visually than beard hairs and grow much more slowly than beard hairs, so when chest hairs are transplanted they may not grow very long. Chest and back hairs are used in reconstructive surgeries when there are no other hairs available to be used.
Does Dr. Lam ever transplant leg hairs to the scalp?
Rarely. Typically for men with a lot of hair on the legs, there is usually a lot of beard and chest hair to be used. In these cases, Dr. Lam has to run out of scalp, then beard, then chest before going to the legs. Leg hairs are even weaker, less dense, and grow less than other areas of the body. They are the least preferred areas, not to mention the risk of causing dot-like scars on the exposed legs.
Are body hairs harvested using a strip method?
No, all beard, chest, and leg hairs must be removed using the FUE method, i.e., individually one hair at a time using a handheld, rotary punch method. A strip method is never appropriate in the body because it will leave an unsightly scar.
Can body hairs be harvested using ARTAS robot?No, the robot has been designed only for scalp hair harvesting.