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Body Hair Transplant (BHT) - Body Hair Transplant

The Body Hair Transplant (BHT) or body hair transplant is much more complicated for the surgeon to do and more expensive to perform.

As we have mentioned in previous videos, hair transplantation is indicated for repopulate areas where hair has been lost. Once a follicle has been lost it cannot be replaced. What is done with the transplant is to take hair from a donor area and move it from place to a recipient area.

In most patients the ideal donor area for a hair transplant is the part posterior head, mainly the occipital region and part of the parietal region.

Unfortunately, the hair that is taken from the donor area not replenished, that is, the donor area is limited.

In most patients, can take up to half of the hair present in the donor area before visible hair loss is noted in this area.

What is the Body Hair Transplant?

Have you tried everything and tried everything to recover the hair that you have lost over time, but nothing works for you? Let us tell you that the hair graft It is currently the quintessential technique to treat alopecia.

In summary, we explain that this procedure deals with the extraction of follicles from a donor area, which is generally in the part of the neck. From there, the specialist will remove the follicles that are necessary one by one and implant them in the area that requires them.

Thus, after a few months, you will see how new hair grows from those areas where you could only see your scalp. Of which, surely you resigned yourself to the fact that they would stay that way forever.

But you need to know one important thing. For this technique to really work, the hair in the donor area has to be useful; that is, of good quality so that when transplanted the results are just as you are looking for.

When this is not feasible, then it is time to turn to other areas of your body. Where the hair can be used and transplanted to the receiving area of ​​your head.

Yes, it is possible that on your head there is hair from the rest of the body growing normally, but for this to happen, specialists also have to evaluate its quality and potential to be transplanted.

areas Donors for Body Hair Transplant

Science and technology in the area of ​​treating alopecia problems, has led to the development of new tools and methods, which today achieve great results in people who deal with this condition for many years around the world.

Using the FUE technique, which until now is the most innovative in the world due to its efficiency in the results, the doctor requires one by one to extract the follicles from the donor area, which are generally at the nape of the neck, to later transfer them to the area. receiver.

To solve alopecia problems, sometimes this donor area is not enough or does not cover the depopulated area, and for this reason it is necessary to extract hair from other areas of your body such as the torso, arms, abdomen, chest, back or beard.

The main reason for these areas is because the hairs are very similar to the follicles of the head, since they are approximately the same thickness and have an identical life cycle, especially those of the beard and chest. But the best hairs to be selected are determined by factors specific to each person.

Now that if we compare the ideal area for this transplant, it would definitely be the beard area, since generally more follicles can be extracted from that area without leaving scars.

The second ideal area would be that of the chest, only it must be considered that in this area the hair is usually thinner and must be handled with a special touch, because the shape of the follicles can be slightly curved and, if not delicately, the grafts could be damaged.

Thus, the transplantation of the hairs from these areas will not prevent the results from being successful, but it is important to note that the density of the hair will be less than that generally obtained with the hair that comes from the nape of the neck.

However, you will be surprised to see hair growth, as it is scientifically proven that the hair growth rates of these areas are significantly higher than the scalp follicles.

Anesthesia

The process of hair transplant and in this case that of body hair is a surgery as such, so its procedures, as in all surgery, require small incisions that are accompanied by prior anesthesia to avoid the discomfort that the patient may present. .

Thus, this small step in the procedure makes the intervention characterized as painless, anesthesia is fully responsible for this.

In this way, anesthesia will allow the specialist to remove all those follicles from the area of ​​your body most suitable for the subsequent implant in the area you need, so you can rest assured that you will not suffer in the procedure, since you will not feel any pain.

We quickly explain to you that in the world of medicine and surgery there are three types of anesthesia: local, locoregional and general, in the case of body hair transplantation, local anesthesia is the ideal one to remove the follicles from the body area that the specialist has selected.

In addition to local anesthesia, the patient receives a mild sedative with the intention of making him calmer and more relaxed; However, you do not have to worry, because it does not have any adverse effect to merge anesthesia and sedative in the same procedure.

Cost

Talking about a specific price is complicated, since, in cases like these, everything depends on the diagnosis that the specialist can give you, as well as the area of ​​the body that will require work.

The variety of prices and quotes also depends on each clinic, the techniques applied in each one and the professional experience and certifications of the medical staff who treat you.

But not everything is a mystery in this world of hair transplants, since there are approximate prices that can serve as a reference to set aside your budget in case you are considering having this procedure.

A hair graft from the point of transplantation of body hair is around approximately 57 thousand pesos in Mexico and in the United States the price is around 221 thousand pesos.

We recommend you read the article How much does a hair graft cost?

Duration

Since hair transplantation is a surgical process, the time required for the specialist to finish all his work is long. It also depends on the technique that the doctor uses for the transplant.

In this case, the FUE technique is so far the most widely used and innovative, as it is less invasive and has the best results in the recovery process. It is characterized because the specialist is in charge of extracting one by one all the follicles that he needs for the graft.

Due to this same procedure, which, together with the follicle extraction step and implantation in the recipient area, the duration of this surgery round between 8 and 10 hours.

What is the Body Hair Transplant like?

This procedure works almost the same as traditional hair transplantOnly the modification is that the hair that will be grafted onto your head comes from some other area of ​​your body and not precisely from the area of ​​the neck, which is the common area for extraction of follicles.

Yes, it is possible that hair grows on your head from your chest, beard, arms or legs and this will depend on the quality of the follicles in your head. This begins when the doctor confirms that the hair in the donor area located on your neck is not sufficient in quantity and quality to be transplanted to the area with alopecia, which is the receiving area.

When evaluating that the hair on the head will not be enough, then the specialist explores other areas of the body with hair that may be suitable for transplantation. The area you choose will also depend on a previous evaluation of the quality of the follicle and the similarity of body hair to that of the head.

All this analysis the doctor does it previously in the consultation, so that you do not worry at the time of the procedure and do not think that it is a last minute decision.

Once the area of ​​the body that will be the hair donor has been chosen, with the prior agreement between you and the doctor, the technique used is the same as that done in the extraction of the follicles from the head and in the subsequent transplant .

Body Hair Transplant (BHT) Frequent Questions

Where does the hair for body transplant come from?

As we mentioned earlier, to solve the alopecia problems, sometimes the donor area of ​​the neck is not enough or does not cover the depopulated area, and for this reason it is necessary to extract the hair from other areas of your body such as torso, arms, abdomen, chest, back and beard, it is ie the Body Hair Transplant.

The main reason for these areas is because the hairs are very similar to the follicles of the head, since they are approximately the same thickness and have an identical life cycle, especially those of the beard and chest. But the best hairs to be selected are determined by factors specific to each person.

Likewise, the hair on the beard and chest is the most similar to that that grows on the head, making these areas ideal for extraction and transplantation.

By using the beard hair, it is possible to extract one thousand to three thousand follicles in a single session without leaving scars.

In the case of chest hair, only about 300 to a thousand grafts can be taken and although there are fewer follicles that can be obtained from there, they are the most suitable areas for the procedure.

What are the differences between hair and hair?

For many years we have thought that between the words hair, hair and hair there were differences when referring to them. That on the head we have hair, that on the rest of the body we have hair and that the areas where its presence is more tenuous is called hair.

Nothing further from reality. Because in all that set of follicles in the body they have the same essence; therefore we have "hair" seen from all its synonyms.

Hair is not only the hair we have on our heads, but it is in almost all parts of our body, except lips, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

In addition, most of the hair that we have on the body is easy to see, such as that of the eyebrows, head, arms or legs and depending on the place where it is, it will occupy different functions.

As some examples of these functions of the hair in the different parts of the body, there is the hair of the head that maintains the body heat and gives the skull some protection against blows and UV rays, the one of the eyelashes works to protect the eyes decreasing the amount of light and dust that can enter them; and the eyebrows on the other hand, protect the eyes from the sweat that can drip down the forehead.

So no matter what you call it, the concept is exactly the same, only with several synonyms that give it versatility.

Is the same naturalness achieved as with a classic hair transplant?

It has been thanks to technological and scientific advances in this topic to treat baldness problems, that specialists have developed new techniques such as FUE, to make hair transplant a procedure available to more people seeking to renew their lives by recovering lost hair. .

Thus, there is the possibility of exploring new alternatives so that hair loss treatments are truly functional, and in this case, hair transplant is a procedure available to everyone and from the different areas of the body that technology allows.

However, it is important to mention that the hair found on the rest of the body is thinner than the one we have on the head. Therefore, finding an ideal area requires a specialized study to determine where the appropriate ones for the procedure will be obtained.

For example, chest hair is usually thinner and requires a special touch because the follicles can be slightly curved in shape. In addition, they have a single hair follicle per hair instead of two or three as the head follicle usually has.

This means that the implantation will have a lower hair density than that normally obtained with the follicle removed from the nape of the neck. But the excellent news in all this is that their growth rates are higher than that of the scalp follicles, so you will achieve the naturalness you are looking for in this type of transplant.

Is a body hair transplant worth it?

When you are looking to regain the hair you have lost over time and renew your confidence and self-esteem, no treatment is in vain if you get into the right professional hands.

If it is in your possibilities to have a hair graft, but the doctor gives you the option to extract hair from other areas of your body and not from your head for the procedure, do not think twice or refuse this great option to perform your dream.

With everything that we explained previously, your new hair it will look natural and you will have the opportunity to see again in your head the hair that you always wanted to recover, you will see that the investment you make for yourself is completely worth it.

Why is body hair used?

The occipital area may not be sufficient to achieve acceptable coverage in some situations. For example:

  • When hair loss is very extensive
  • In patients with grade VI or VII alopecia in the Norwood-Hamilton scale
  • Patients who have undergone previous procedures.

In these situations it is possible to use hair from other parts of the body, such as the beard, chest, legs, or even pubic hair. This increases the number of follicles available for transplantation.

It is worth mentioning that the body hair transplant is much more complicated to do for the surgeon and more expensive to perform.

It should also be considered that the properties of a hair are intrinsic to the follicle, therefore when the hair is transplanted it retains the characteristics that it had in its original area.

That is, a transplanted hair will grow with the same characteristics that it had in the place where it was originally.

La traditional FUE technique It consists of extracting individual follicles from the safety donor area at the back of the head one at a time. It is a minimally invasive process performed under local anesthesia.

What is the Body Hair Transplant?

El body hair transplant or Body Hair Transplant (BHT) uses follicles from any part of the body other than the occipital donor area. Although the basic principle is the same, there are a number of considerations to keep.

All follicles pass through different growth phases (anagen, catagen and telogen). While the hair of the head most of the follicles are in the anagen phase (80-90%), on body hair between the 40-80% of the follicles are in the telogen phase and the anagen phase is much shorter. This is important because the follicles that are in this stage are more fragile at the time of extraction. Therefore, it is advisable for the patient to undergo a prior treatment with minoxidil. To synchronize the growth phase of the follicles and make the transplant more successful.

For whom is the use of a body hair transplant indicated?

It is generally recommended in hairy patients that do not have an adequate donor area in the head. Either because they have had many previous procedures or because their baldness is too advanced and the donation area of ​​the head is not enough to cover the entire depopulated area. It can also be used in patients who do not want to use the donor area of ​​their head, but who want to perform a transplant procedure.

Can any body hair be used for transplantation?

At first, any body hair can be worn for an implant procedure. However, depending on the area to be restored, some types of hair may be more suitable than others.

The hairs on the extremities, being shorter and thinner than those on the head, can be useful for restore Eyebrows. Due to its nature, this hair can also be used on frontal areas of the scalp. It is particularly useful for correcting front lines in patients with previous procedures.

In patients who want to restore the area of ​​the mustache or the sideburns, hair from the beard can be used.

Because the beard hair is thicker, it can be used as an alternative. This is to make the scars of the donor area less visible in patients with previous strip procedures.

Are there any complications related to the procedure?

Like the hair implant using the donor area of ​​the head, the probability of complication is extremely low. However, when doing a body hair transplant there are some specific considerations of the procedure.

When the donor area is the beard, the Anesthesia local may cause transient paralysis of the muscles of the face; which disappears a few hours. In dark-skinned patients, hypopigmented macules in the donor area. Some very rare complications are the development of scars keloid or hypertrophic in susceptible individuals.

What are the disadvantages of body hair transplantation?

When done properly, body hair transplantation can improve the appearance of a bald scalp. It is particularly useful in camouflaging defects from previous procedures.

However it has some drawbacks:

  • The time it takes to do the procedure is longer than with the traditional FUE technique.
  • In some cases, multiple sessions are required.
  • A higher degree of experience is required on the part of the hair surgeon.
  • More specialized instruments and equipment are needed.
  • Due to the greater technical difficulty, the quality of the extracted follicles is not as high as that of the head hair.
  • In some patients, the amount of body hair may not be sufficient to achieve the desired result
  • The cost is much higher.

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General Director, Specialist in Trichology and Hair Transplantation Certified by ABHRS. Only ABHRS Certified with residence in Mexico.

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