Body Hair Transplant
Some patients have limited or depleted donor hair available in the permanent zone; in these instances body hair may be a suitable source of donor hair.
Body hair can be harvested and utilized for scalp hair transplantation in people with hair loss who have both good course body hairs whose scalp donor area is severely depleted. Individuals who have good quality hair in their permanent zone (back and sides of their head) should not have body hair transplanted. Utilizing body hair is an alternative form of donor hair for special cases. Since body hair has a short growth cycle in comparison to scalp hair, it is less desirable than scalp hair for transplantation; therefore only utilized in exceptional circumstance.
Growth Cycle Comparison
During the normal hair growth cycle a hair grows 1 to 6 years. After this the hair then transitions into its resting phase for 4 to 6 weeks; the end of phase is noted by the shedding of the hair before the start of another growth cycle and growth of another hair.
The growth cycle of body hair consists of much shorter growth phase and a longer resting phase. In other words, many body hair follicles that you transplant stay in resting phase most of their lives and only a fraction of them grow and could be seen at any given period of time hence the body being less hairy then the scalp. When transplanting body hair follicles the client must be aware of this factor and understand that the results will be affected by this factor.
However, body hair transplants are OK to use for people who have no alternative i.e. bad donor hair density, unfavorable hair quality tight donor areas with significant scarring that makes hair difficult to obtain for transplantation.
US Hair Restoration offers body hair transplants to some patients after thorough evaluations of their donor and recipient areas for determining their candidacy for this procedure.