Body Hair Transplant Dallas
Body hair transplant can refer to either moving body hair to the scalp or scalp hairs to the body. Body hair to the scalp should only be used as salvage to repair bad hair transplants because the result does not look natural by itself and does not provide enough reliable visual density. To remove beard and chest hair and place it on 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 the 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. Beard hair is the preferred, non-scalp source that should be harvested before considering the use of chest hair for a few important reasons. First, beard hair typically has a more favorable caliber than chest hair when trying to restore hair density on 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. Chest hairs should only be used to restore lost scalp hair when beard hair is depleted, unavailable, or non-existent and scalp hair has been thoroughly depleted. In short, body hair usage should only be considered a salvage operation to fix bad hair transplants of the scalp when all other donor is gone.
Body hair transplant can mean either moving hairs from the body to the scalp or vice versa. In general, Dallas hair transplant surgeon Dr. Sam Lam does not believe that body hairs transplanted to the scalp truly have long-term sustainable results and only uses them as a source of last resort. He, however, will perform transplants into the body but also believes that the scalp and facial regions should take precedence over body gains in most cases.
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- Ideal candidate
- Men who wish to have a hair transplant but who have significantly diminished or depleted donor hair from the scalp and need to repair a bad transplant
- What to do
- Make a long-term plan since a body hair transplant may require several sessions.
- 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
- 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 4 to 6 months post-procedure and should improve in growth up to 12 months post-procedure or longer.
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If you’re interested in learning more about the FUE technique for body hair transplants to fix bad scalp hair transplants in Dallas, TX, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Sam Lam 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) as scalp hairs. In addition, the beard and chest hairs don’t grow at 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.
Body Hair Transplant Cost
The overall cost of a body hair transplant is affected by anesthesia fees, hospital fees, post-surgery garments, and medications. Price is also impacted by medical tests, surgeon’s fees, and the exact techniques employed.