Hair loss can occur in men, women, and children resulting in poor self-esteem, self-consciousness and distress. To help inform and educate patients, hair loss specialist and board certified dermatologist, Dr. Edmond Griffin stays at the forefront of hair transplantation technology and advancements.
As a pioneer in hair transplantation, The Griffin Center of Hair & Research is devoted to researching and improving hair loss techniques. For instance, techniques such as NeoGraft used during a follicular unit extraction procedure can be beneficial for some patients due to the minimal scarring and quick recovery time. Earlier this year the Archives of Dermatology published an article discussing men’s leg hairs as a new source for hair transplant donor regions. The article suggests transplanting hair from a patient’s leg to their scalp may offer a more natural look.
Several physicians weighed in on the article to consider the advantages and the disadvantages of using hair from other places on the body for hair transplants. This type of transplant could be beneficial for patients with severe hair loss who do not have hair left on their head to harvest for transplant. Since hair is usually thicker towards the middle of the head, using leg hair which is finer and softer may provide a more natural looking hairline for patients. Additionally, it may provide patients who have received hair transplantations using previous techniques such as plugs and mini-grafts with an alternative solution. In one case study, two transplant patients had about 75 to 80 percent of transplanted leg hair flourish on their heads. Furthermore, after three to four years, both patients had experienced little hair loss in the transplant area.
Cost and time considerations are important to note as these procedures are usually spaced out over two sessions each involving three to five days. Body hair can be different thicknesses and may have more curl than the original hair, which raises the issue of hair mismatch. Although this will depend on the patient, it’s something to consider. Another consideration when using hair from the legs or other parts of the body is the potential for scarring in the harvest areas.
As an educator and researcher, Dr. Griffin works with each patient to devise the best treatment option and plan for their unique needs. For body hair transplants, Dr. Griffin has had the most success with the hair from the beard. This provides a coarse but sturdy form of hair which can grow as long as scalp hair and show the same “body” scalp hair can show. For eyebrow replacement, underarm or nape of the neck hair tends to be shorter and more delicate than mid scalp hair. One day hair from the eyebrow can be cloned and produce the final results we really are trying to achieve. If you are interested in learning more about hair loss procedures and preventives please call to set up a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for the latest hair restoration techniques.