Body to Scalp: Evolving Trends in Body Hair Transplantation

    January 2017 in “ Indian Dermatology Online Journal
    K. R. Saxena, Sandeep S Savant
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    TLDR Body hair transplants can treat baldness but differ from scalp hair and need more research on long-term results and side effects.
    The 2016 document "Body to scalp: Evolving trends in body hair transplantation" discussed the use of body hair, such as beard or chest hair, for scalp transplantation in treating baldness, especially in patients with insufficient scalp donor supply. The study involved 122 patients over 3 years and showed a high survival rate of transplanted body hair, with a growth rate of 60-85% after 2 years. However, body hair differs from scalp hair in thickness, growth rate, and life cycle, affecting the aesthetic outcome. The paper also discussed the use of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in hair restoration, which is suitable for harvesting hair from various body areas but requires more time and skill. The document concluded that more controlled studies are needed to understand the long-term efficacy and side effects of body hair transplant.
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