While there are several different types of hair transplants, they are all performed in generally the same way. Healthy hair follicles are first extracted from a donor site before being inserted directly into the balding area. The final results of any hair transplant surgery are ultimately dependent on the quality and quantity of hair in the donor area.
How Is a Hair Transplant Performed?
There are two main methods used today for hair transplants; FUE and DHI.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the most commonly used method for hair transplants. With the FUE technique, doctors remove hair follicles from a donor area either in individual grafts or as multiple follicles. These healthy hair grafts are then stored in a nutrient-rich solution while all of the grafts are prepared. These are then implanted directly into channels created in the recipient area. Dr Serkan Aygin has pioneered the use of sapphire blades in FUE transplants. This has allowed for finer channels, denser hair implants, and faster healing.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI Hair transplant) is a somewhat modified version of the FUE technique that combines extraction and implantation into a single step. During a DHI transplant, hair follicles are extracted from the donor area and are then immediately implanted into the recipient area without the need for incisions. This is thanks to the use of a Choi implanter pen and allows for the most accurate placement of hair follicles and a more natural final result.
From Where Is Donor Hair Taken?
For anyone looking to undergo a hair transplant in Turkey, the first step is to define the specific donor area. Most commonly, the best choice for extraction is the back of the head, as the hairs here are generally the thickest, most resilient hairs. Further, hair removed from this area can easily be hidden by the remaining hair.
Can You Use Body Hair in a Hair Transplant?
For patients suffering from extreme cases of hair loss, there may not be enough healthy hair to adequately cover the balding area. In these cases, it is also possible to extract hairs from the beard. It is also possible that body hair may be used as donor hair. This, however, is usually a last resort as these hairs are generally of a different texture or colour than the scalp hair.
The primary use of a body hair transplant is to help fill in hair density in a patient who has nearly, but not quite, enough hairs in a healthy donor area on the scalp. The addition of body hair can help to fill in the last small gaps for a fuller look.
Which parts of body hair are best for transplant?
By far, the best choice is the beard as beard hair tends to be quite coarse and thick. Hair from the neck and the face tends not to be as thick and may not grow as long.
Beard hair is best transplanted into the top of the head to add thickness. It’s not generally advised to transplant facial hair into the hairline as the hair will look unnatural due to its coarseness.
Another option for body hair donation is the chest. Chest hair is significantly finer than facial or scalp hair which makes it suitable for the hairline to create a more natural look or the crown area simply for increased density.
There are other areas that can be used as donor hair for a body hair transplant. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that most of these are quite thin and only suitable for implanting into the hairline and temporal peaks. These include arm, underarm, pubic, and thigh hair.
How Many Hairs Are In One Graft?
A single hair graft typically contains anywhere from one to four individual hairs. Generally, grafts with more hairs are used to f on the top of the head where density is most important. Grafts with individual hairs tend to be used for the hairline where a more natural look is desired.
How Many Grafts Are Needed?
How many hair grafts any patient needs varies wildly from patient to patient. The extent of your hair loss is the single biggest factor. However, things like hair thickness, natural hair density, and hair/skin contrast can all make a difference. Overall, the number of grafts required ranges from 500 to over 6,000 grafts. On average, most patients have around 6,000 grafts available from a healthy donor area.