One of the most common questions asked by hair transplant applicants is whether it is possible to have a hair transplant using body hair, especially a beard. The answer is YES. However, the number of grafts removed from areas of the body, such as the chest or face, is limited. In this article, we want to examine hair transplant from beard to head. What is the use of beard hair transplant, how successful is it and what are its advantages and disadvantages.
Despite many advances in hair transplantation, there is still the problem of limiting the number of hairs that a surgeon can remove. The best hairs that the surgeon can use for implantation are the hairs on the back of the head. However, some hair transplant applicants do not have enough hair density in this area; so it is not possible to remove the right amount of hair from that area. For these people, the surgeon will use hair transplants from the body and beard area.
Using body hair for a hair transplant surgery is called BHT hair transplant method. In BHT method you can use the hair of beard, arms, chest and etc. for a transplantation. The only condition the body hair should have is being strong enough in order for the surgeon to use the area as a hair bank.
The area of the body where the surgeon will remove the hair from, is the donor area. Typically, a hair bank refers to the area behind the head that acts as a donor area in most hair transplants. The hair in this area is genetically and cellularly resistant to hair loss.
A good example of this can be seen in male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. In this form of baldness, the hair on the front of the head falls out due to the sensitivity of the male sex hormone (testosterone) ratio; but the hair on the temples and back of the head is resistant to testosterone and does not thin or fall out. You should note that you can also see the androgenic alopecia in women too; but it is less common.
In general, the denser your hair bank, the more likely you are to have a successful hair transplant. In hair transplantation, the surgeon will remove the follicle units from the site of the bank and then transplant them into the recipient area (bald area). The follicles produce different hairs depending on where they are in the body.
For example, scalp hair is different from body hair. Therefore, the hair closest in structure and appearance to shed hair is the hair on the back of the head. Hair transplant surgeons also prefer to use the hair in this area as much as possible. But sometimes the low density of the hair bank is not able to meet the required number of grafts. In these cases, the surgeon can use a method called BHT or implantation using body hair.
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A common concern: hair differences is one of the most common concerns among beard hair transplant applicants. You should know that the surgeon will select the grafted hairs in this method in a way that is most compatible with the scalp hair.
For example, in the border areas of the growth line and temples, they’ll use thinner hairs; and in other areas, they will use the thicker hairs. Also, the hair in each area of the body adapts to the new location by moving and transplanting to another area.