8 Places You Never Thought of for Hair Transplantation
Sep 25, 2013 - 3:34:06 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Medical conditions, genetics, body-focused disorders, and even fashion trends can all affect the quality and thickness of hair on your body and face. If you're tired of having thin facial hair, embarrassed by disorders liketrichotillomania, or simply have thin eyebrows because of laser removal or overwaxing, hair transplants can help you restore growth to bald or thin spots. While most people think of the scalp when considering hair restoration, hair can be restored to other areas of the face and body, including the following:
- Abdomen. Some men desire that noticeable V-section of hair that extends onto the upper central abs. The problem is the hair just doesn't always grow well in that area. If this is your situation, a hair transplant from the scalp to the abs can be a beneficial procedure. It does take a few months for the hair follicles to produce hairs, but once they do the thick patch of hair over the abdomen is apparent. It's important to note that because the hairs come from the scalp, they do grow and need to be trimmed every month.
- Beard. Some men find it easy to grow a full beard while others try and fail. Expect a beard transplant to require hundreds of grafts, depending on how much facial hair you currently have. For very thick beards, you may need a second facial hair transplant. Once the hair has grown, you can trim and shave the hairs like you normally would.
- Chest Hair. Typically, genetics are to blame for a lack of chest hair. Meanwhile, some women desire men with chest hair, and men with bald chests may feel unappealing and self-conscious in sexual situations. For these men, transplants take a bald chest and put hair in the desired area. Some men want some coverage, while others desire a full chest of hair. Either way, a hair transplant doctor can help you achieve the desired look.
- Eyebrows. For years, the trend was for eyebrows to be well-groomed and very thin. Thicker eyebrows are back in fashion. If you've been plucking and waxing for years, or if you underwent laser electrolysis, chances are you're stuck with thin eyebrows without an eyebrow transplant. Most doctors prefer to transfer hairs from your scalp to the eyebrows. There are cases where chest or leg hairs have also been used with success.
- Eyelashes. Some people simply have thin or sparse eyelashes and want fuller, longer lashes. Others pull them out due to trichotillomania. There are topical medications to help grow them back, but side effects like blurred vision, rashes, and swelling often make people leery of using them. Surgical hair transplants that move hair follicles from the scalp, legs, or chest offer a permanent solution that provides you with healthier lashes.
- Goatee. Some men simply do not grow a lot of facial hair, or they may have a facial scar that they want to hide. The goatee hair transplant is similar to a beard transplant. Grafts fill in the spots where you want more growth to complete your look. Fewer hair grafts are implanted than you get with a full beard, usually about 600 to 700. Once the hair has grown in, you can trim the goatee just as you would naturally.
- Pubic Area. Pubic hair restoration helps people regrow their pubic hair. While trends tend to lean towards well-groomed public areas, burn victims, people with genetic disorders, or men and women with the compulsive urge to pull out their hair may become embarrassed from having little to no pubic hair. This is where hair transplant techniques help. Using follicular unit grafts, the hair follicles from the donor area are transplanted into the pubic area where the hairs regrow over time.
- Sideburns. Burns, genetics, and scars are all reasons that sideburns do not grow as thick as you want. Sideburns require about 200 to 250 grafts. The hairs are transplanted from the side or back of the scalp and look natural. The new growth can be trimmed when necessary.
Body hair transplantation is a growing trend and a great way to restore your self-esteem and sex appeal. If your body hair is disappearing, you're not alone. The University of Maryland Medical Center has a great resource on hair disorders. If there is an underlying medical reason for your hair loss, treat it first. When you're ready to regrow your body hair, talk to Dr. Epstein about the benefits of body hair transplantation. The Foundation for Hair Restoration has offices in New York (212-759-3484) and Miami (305-666-1774).
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