Can body hair or chest hair be used as donor hair for hair transplantation?
- Dr Shelly Friedman, DO
- September 15, 2017
- Hair Transplant Questions
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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?
Dr. Friedman’s 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.
— Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon