Let’s face it — hair can be a complicated issue. People spend a lot of time and money removing hair from certain areas of the body. They then spend a considerable amount of time worrying that they’ll lose hair from other parts of their body, namely the scalp. While there are almost as many hair loss treatments as there are methods of removal, only one of them offers permanent results, and that’s a hair transplant.
By now, you might be familiar with the concept of hair restoration for people who are suffering from certain types of hair loss. But, did you know that not every hair transplant has to take place on the scalp? Some patients are seeking surgery to restore hair to areas where many others typically remove it. The popularity of certain types of hair transplants suggests that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Some people might want no hair in one area, while others will go to great lengths to bring it back.
Not every man can grow a thick, full beard, even though some want to. Instead of resigning themselves to a life of smooth cheeks and a hair-free chin, some men have turned to hair restoration surgery to solve their facial hair conundrums.
If you decide to have a beard or other facial-hair transplant, the donor hair will typically come from either the sides or back of your head, the same location it would come from were you to have hair restoration performed on your scalp. The donor hair is chosen because it isn’t susceptible to the hormones that trigger genetic hair loss, meaning it will stay in the transplanted area permanently.
The number of hairs needed and the procedure the surgeon performs depends on the size of the area. If your facial hair is very sparse and you want a full beard, the surgeon will need to remove more hair from the donor site. You might need just a few hundred follicles if you only have a few small patches to fill in.
The surgeon will typically remove the hair using follicular unit extraction (FUE), meaning each follicle is removed one by one. This method leaves less of a scar, but can also take longer than the other option, follicular unit grafting (FUG). During (FUG), the surgeon cuts a strip of hair away from the scalp, leaving a long incision at the back of sides.
Now that thick eyebrows are back in style, people who overplucked theirs back when the look was for thin, super arched brows might feel a twinge of regret. While eyebrows do grow back in some cases, in others, plucking or other grooming methods can lead to a permanent loss.
The process of transplanting hair to the brow region is similar to the process for transplanting facial hair — donor hair is taken from the scalp and transplanted to the brow area. Usually, the surgeon draws the desired brow shape on a patient’s forehead at the beginning of the procedure, so that he or she knows where to place the donor follicle.
Things can get a bit tricky when it comes to grooming and styling the brows after the hair begins to grow back. While brow hair doesn’t grow very long on its own, hair transplanted from the scalp will continue to grow and grow. That means that people who’ve decided to have an eyebrow transplant will usually have to be very diligent about keeping their brows trimmed and groomed, otherwise the hair will grow long enough to get into their eyes. Some patients also find that they need to train the newly transplanted brow hair. Training the brows might mean combing it and using a styling gel to hold it in place, so that the brows don’t look unruly.
Since the trend is for waxing the pubic region and removing much of the area’s hair, it might surprise you that some people actually want to transplant hair to that area. The reasons for a pubic hair transplant are many. Some people get tired of the waxed look and want to go in a more natural direction, but find that their hair isn’t growing back. That’s particularly true if a patient has had laser hair removal in the area.
Patients who have recently had gender reassignment surgery might also be interested in a pubic hair transplant. The newly transplanted hair can cover up any scars created by the reassignment surgery.
It doesn’t matter where on your body the hair loss has occurred. If you want the hair back, permanently, a hair restoration procedure might be the way to go. Dr. Kyle Choe performs hair transplant surgery in the Virginia Beach area. To find out more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you, call (757) 389-5850 today.