Can Pubic Hair Be Used to Battle Balding? The Answer Is...

Jager Weatherby on 7 Aug 2014 at 9:00am

JockeyWhile this certainly isn’t the most common question posed here on RealSelf, there have been a few RealSelfers wondering: “Is it possible to transplant my pubic hair to my scalp?” It’s our duty to find answers for the people, so we reached out to Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Epstein who confirmed that, yes — it is indeed possible to use pubic hair in the battle against balding.

We know, we know. You’re wondering if hair from down there could actually pass for regular hair given its distinct characteristics. “Pubic hair can resemble scalp hair, but it’s often still curly or kinky,” says Dr. Epstein, who adds that using this hair probably isn’t the most effective option. “Chest and beard hair, once placed on the scalp, tend to grow longer and much more like scalp hair.”

Should you and your doctor decide that pubic hair is the appropriate option, there are a few things to aware of. First, there’s the obvious: The hair will need be harvested from the site, so it’s important to decide how comfortable you are with someone getting up close and personal. The pubic area also has a high density of sweat glands, which can play a part in producing some unwanted side effects. “Hair from the pubic area tends to be more glandular,” Dr. Epstein explains. “As a result, this can be associated with cysts [when the hair is transplanted to the scalp].”

Due to the amount of pubic hair available and its potential for growth, it’s not really an option for covering large areas of skin. “I would never use it as full coverage,” Epstein says, “but rather as a way to help conceal areas of scarring when other donor areas (scalp, chest, beard) are exhausted.” In other words, you’re not likely to see people with pubic hair for, well... hair.

Perhaps surprisingly, a much more common procedure in Dr. Epstein’s office is transplantation to the pubic area, not from it. This is most frequently seen in transgender patients looking to conceal scarring, as well as men and women who have lost their pubic hair due to prior laser hair removal. (If you happen to have jumped aboard the bare bandwagon and regret it, just know that you’ve got options.)

Other instances in which Dr. Epstein has performed pubic hair transplants include “male patients who have scarring from prior penile lengthening procedures.” The moral of the story here? Be sure to consider all the options and outcomes before undergoing a cosmetic procedure!

If all other options were exhausted, would you ever consider getting a transplant using pubic hair?