Is a Hair Transplant Using Body Hair More Effective Than Pills?

How successful are body hair transplants? Can it be determined if  75% of them are successful? What causes failure?

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Body hair transplants

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Body hair can be transplanted to the scalp and some doctors specialize in doing this; however, body hair has a relatively short anagen cycle and a longer telogen cycle which means that the value of this hair will be significantly less than when scalp hair is used. Scalp hair has a long anagen cycle and a short telogen cycle making it ideal to use. Beard hair has a long anagen cycle so it is a reasonable alternative to scalp hair when looking for a scalp hair substitute

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Pills versus surgery. They are two different things.

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Pills versus surgery. They are two different things.  Body hair transplant is almost a sub specialty in hair transplant surgery.  Dr Umar is one of the top doctors in the field of body hair transplants.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Re: Body Hair Transplant Versus Pills

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The success of a body hair transplant procedure really depends on the doctor who is performing the surgery. The use of medication can be used to prevent further hair loss. Hair growth may occur, but is not guaranteed.

In some people, the new hair is very thin and insubstantial. Also medication can work most effectively on the crown. But this option has limited results in the hairline.  Body hair transplant procedures require that the extracted hair follicles are treated with proper care so that they will grow once inserted.

The growth rate of using body hair varies from patient to patient and is affected by the technique used and the skill of the provider. And the results are permanent.

Assuming the surgery is performed correctly, a hair transplant procedure would be the preferred option over medication.


Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Body hair transplants versus medication.

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So much depends on whether you need more hair or wish to slow down the balding process. Finasteride or other DHT blockers are extremely effective in slowing down or halting the progression of male pattern baldness. Hair transplants with scalp hair are the gold standard for moving existing hair to where it can be used to improve the appearance in balding situations. Body hair transplants , in my opinion , are a last resort for those patients  whose scalp hair has been maximally harvested in the hair transplantation process. If one has luxuriant body hair that somewhat resembles the scalp hair characteristics for that particular patient, transplantation of it can be quite rewarding.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon

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