”Body hair Transplant is a hair transplant technique in which hair roots are extracted from body areas other than scalp and implanted on bald area of scalp.”
BHT (Body Hair Transplant) is done using the same FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique, so it is also known as No stitch technique. BHT areas can be beard, chest, back, stomach area, legs and arms. BHT is done only in people suffering from extreme baldness, who have very less reserve or very thin hair at the back of their scalp. Thus this technique gives a big ray of hope to even those with severe (Type VI and VII) hair loss.
In any hair transplant procedure normally back side hair of scalp are used in transplant. But in many cases the patients do not have a good donor area to serve the purpose. In such cases, we can use hair from the body e.g. transplant beard to head. At Rejuvenate hair transplant center we are doing BHT routinely in such patients. Some people call this as Beard and chest hair transplant but mostly it means that beard or chest to serve as donor area. Though there is always some difference in texture & thickness of the hair taken from other parts but it actually gives distinct advantage in many cases like:
- Limited donor area on scalp (Grade VII patients) looking for covering the complete area.
- Sometimes Patient wants higher density but it’s very difficult because of the limitation of grafts that can be extracted from scalp in one sitting.
- Some cases like burns etc.
We can use the hair from Beard, Shoulders, Abdomen, Legs, Arms, Underarm. Body hair transplant is generally done through FUE procedure that leaves no linear scar at the end of the surgery. Beard is very good, its hair matches exactly with the scalp hair and also because hair from the beard is considered good and permanent.
Benefits of Body Hair Transplant
Body Hair Transplant (BHT) as a major plus point may become donor hair because they are not genetically DHT susceptible hairs as some of the scalp hairs in MPB (Male Pattern Baldness). People who are suffering from severe baldness, having lost their hope after getting poor results from wrong hair transplant procedure can be very well benefited. It is stitch less technique and no severe pain.
Who Can Go For BHT?
Any patient who want large number of hairs on scalp, poor donor area, have undergone repeated hair transplants, or have caught some kind of alopecia can go for body hair transplant. At Rejuvenate hair transplant center BHT is used for extraction of hair follicles specially for successive stages of hair transplant.
Limitation of BHT
- BHT technique is possible only in patients who possess good hair on body.
- Only the FUE method is suitable for harvesting body hair. Body hairs are shorter in length, are thinner and hence their extraction needs special technique and expertise.
- BHT technique is a blind technique of harvesting follicles, so there can be chances of follicle damage, depending on experience of surgeon.
- In BHT multiple small circular scars are given after extraction of follicles which are not visible.
At Rejuvenate hair transplant center Body hair transplant is done as often as scalp hair transplants. The experience of the team in BHT is important because the direction and texture of hair are different. So the same need to be mixed properly with scalp hair. Growth is fairly predictable at three months. On a rare instance, a poor yield at 12 months changed to an excellent result between the 12 and 24 month time period. Though the use of BHT procedure shows remarkable results, but the right selection of patients is very important. This technique should be reserved only for persons who have extreme baldness and insufficient hair on the back of their scalp .Coverage in general is easier to achieve with scalp hair so this should be the first line of treatment for hair loss.