A hair transplant surgery is an autologous procedure for hair restoration, which replaces the patient’s own hair to the bald areas. This procedure can only be done with a person’s own hair, and no one else’s hair will suit in the scalp of the other. This is has narrowed the chances of hair restoration to select candidates who have a good donor reserve.
The ideas that surgeons create are personalised to the patient’s hair density, hair texture and extent of baldness. Usually a full head of thick hair is a myth in case of any hair restoration. Since the density of hair can only be shared in the entire scalp by relocating excising baldness resistant hair at the back of the scalp. Hence, full head coverage of hair is dependent on that little patch of hair while the greater part of the scalp has turned bald.
Partial Coverage For Limited Donor Hair Supply
This is a less discussed idea of covering a select area with a limited number of hair grafts and getting minimal hair coverage. For example, cover the vertex area, and leave the temples with the hairline recession.
Body Hair Transplant
The unique idea of follicular unit extraction (FUE) makes it possible that body hair may be used in case of lack of donor supply. Hair bearing areas of one’s body including chest, beard, armpits and pubic regions may be eligible donor sites as the hairs in these regions are usually DHT resistant.
Individual hair follicles are harvested one by one and relocated onto bald zones, and certainly not eligible for an adequate coverage, but a thin density. Moreover, since body hair differs from the follicular units of the scalp, which takes place in naturally occurring groups of 2-5hairs together, it might be a challenge for surgeons to create a naturally pleasing result. But when performed by well experienced surgeons the results are likely to be feasible.
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
When there is no option for hair relocation, even with BHFUE, then Scalp Micropigmentation is an option for cosmetic pleasure. The idea is to create an artificial hairline, using scalp tattooing that looks like a buzz cut or a shaved head look.
SMP is different from that of body tattooing and demands the conceptualization of anatomical feature of hair follicles that varies person to person and execute the hairline tattooing accordingly. The needles and ink used in SMP is also different from body tattooing, since the texture of the scalp skin is thicker than body hair, and the ink used in body tattoo is likely to change hues with their chemical content. This is why general body tattooing parlors or artists are not always the right choice for SMP since the artistry also requires clinical expertise.