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April 7th, 2011

I have lost most of my hair and am basically bald. Is there a way to use body hair, like chest hair, as donor hair?

Question:
I have lost most of my hair and am basically bald. Is there a way to use body hair, like chest hair, as donor hair?

Answer:
For those patients who do not have much hair over the donor region of the scalp, we can use body hair. We can use hair from the back, chest, arms or legs. However, body hair is going to grow much more slowly and it will be finer in caliber than scalp hair.

To transplant body hair onto the scalp, we use a procedure called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) where we punch out a 1.00 mm (or sometimes even smaller) round piece of skin that has 1, 2, 3 or 4 hairs. We transplant those hairs into the area planned for transplantation.


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