Body Hair FUE Transplant

Body hair FUE transplant

We think of FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) as a technique used to restore hair on the top and front of the scalp. Donor hair is taken from the back of the scalp and transplanted onto bald areas.

But donor hair can also be taken from the rest of the body.

In order for this to work, there needs to be compatibility between body and scalp hair: plus an understanding of the body hair growth cycle and the FUE technique.

Type of body hair

Which body hair is used? Hair is taken from the chest, back, shoulders and calves. But there are differences between these and scalp hair which includes:

  • Body hair is smaller than scalp hair
  • Body hair grows in single strands as compared to clumps of scalp hairs.
  • Body hair takes longer to grow than scalp hair

If you opt for a body hair FUE transplant then you will have to accept that these hair grafts will never be as long as scalp hairs. So don't expect the same level of results.

Body hair differs from scalp hair in its structure, thickness and direction and the depth and position of the hair follicles. But it is a good option if you do not have sufficient donor hair for transplantation.

Removal of body hair for transplantation

The body hairs are removed from the donor area, e.g. chest. The areas where the extraction occurred start healing within a short period of time.

The donor units are cut into smaller hair grafts (or follicular units) which are then placed in cold storage until required. Small incisions are made in the recipient area of the scalp, ready for the insertion of the follicular units.

These units are then placed into the incisions.

Scalp hair is preferred to body hair. But body hair is useful when used in conjunction with a traditional hair transplant procedure as they result in better coverage. Other uses include eyebrow transplants and scar repair in the donor area of the scalp.

So don't completely rule out a body hair transplant.