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What is BHT (Body Hair to Head Transplant)?

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Hair transplantation utilizing the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique is also known as BHT (Body Hair Transplant) or BHHT (Body Hair to Head Transplant). In which other regions that consist of hair other than the back of the scalp serves as the hair donor area in this procedure.  It can include  the legs, arms, stomach, beard, and chest. Grafts are taken from one of these body parts and then placed over the area of the head that is balding.


BHT is only performed on severely balding patients who have very little or no hair at the rear of their scalp. Thus, even people with extreme (Type VI and VII) baldness can have hope, thanks to this method.


Here is some information about this procedure shared by Dr. Urvashi Chandra the best hair transplant doctor in Delhi at Chandra Clinic. To know more please go through the following information,


Stages of Alopecia/Hair Loss:


  • Stage 1: There is no noticeable hair loss or hairline recession.


  • Stage 2: The hairline across the temples is slightly receding. This hairline is often referred to as adult or mature.


  • Stage 3: The onset of baldness that is clinically significant. At both temples, the hairline gets sharply receded and resembles an M, U, or V. The receded areas have no hair at all or very little hair. Vertex of stage 3- The hairline remains at stage 2, however the tip of the scalp experiences substantial hair loss (the vertex).


  • Stage 4: The hairline retraction is more pronounced than in stage 2 and the vertex has little to no hair. A strip of hair that links to the hair still present on the edges of the scalp divides the two regions of hair loss.


  • Stage 5: There are two bigger patches of hair loss than in stage 4. Even while they are still apart, the hair separating them is now thinner and sparser.


  • Stage 6: The bald spots at the vertex and the bald spots at the temples merge. The tip of the head's hairband is missing or has become quite sparse.


  • Stage 7: is the most advanced form of hair loss, leaving just a strip of hair around the head's sides. This hair might be fine and is typically not dense.


Areas Where Hair Grafts Can Be Taken


Beard hair: As beard hair is dense and hard, it provides good coverage.


  • It is not utilized at the hairline because of this and hence, a beard transplant with a scalp hair transplant is combined.
  • In order to prevent the beard hair from standing out noticeably after implantation, the hair from the two separate donor areas-the beard and scalp-is usually combined together. This guarantees a very natural-looking outcome. The excellent coverage and high survival rate that beard hair offers are two major benefits.


Chest hair: The chest is the second most  usual area for hair extraction. However, the chest hair must fulfill certain criteria to be considered a good donor area, such as-


  • Hair on chest length
  • Chest hair density per square centimeter
  • Overall thickness of each hair
  • Hair is not extracted from this area if the hair is fine and not very long because it won't make a good donor area. Depending on the individual, grafts ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 from the beard and between 5,000 and 8,000  from the scalp.

  


Procedure of Body Hair to Head Transplant:


  • Getting the patient ready for surgery. A mark is made  on the scalp where the implant would go.
  • Markings on the locations of the chest or beard where the extraction would happen, are made.
  • Ask the patient to lie on his or her back with the neck hyperextended.
  • Local anesthetic is applied to the area of the beard.
  • Ultra-fine and razor-sharp punches are used to extract grafts.
  • The grafts are counted and sorted simultaneously.
  • The patient is asked to lay face down as the doctors remove implants from the scalp donor as well.
  • After a break, the implantation begins. Local anesthetic would be administered while the patient is lying face up.
  • Scalp and beard grafts would be combined before being placed.
  • Scalp grafts are utilized exclusively for the hairline to achieve a natural look.


Advantages of BHT:


  • It does not involve any stitching
  • People with severe baldness who have given up hope after receiving disappointing results from conventional hair transplant procedures can restore their lost hairline by using the BHT approach.
  • Even though the BHT technique produces impressive outcomes, picking the correct patient is crucial.
  • Only people with severe baldness and inadequate hair on the rear of their head should use this procedure.



  • What is the success rate of BHT?

The survival rate of beard hair is very high, and the coverage value is exceptional. Although chest hair has a decent survival rate of 70-80%, it is not as great a donor region as the beard. Leg hair, for example, is not a desirable donor because of the poor hair quality and survivability.



  • Can BHT be used for higher grades of alopecia?

Indeed, that is the primary purpose of using body hair-to provide coverage for those with advanced hair loss as well. To save and preserve scalp hair donors for later use, doctors can use body hair even in lower grades and in young patients.



  • Why is Body Hair required? Why can't the doctor remove as many grafts from the scalp as needed?

This is due to the requirement to preserve scalp hair donors in order to maintain the scalp's appearance and attractiveness. By over extraction, the doctors can not empty the scalp donor. It will appear unpleasant. Additionally, when one over extracts from the scalp, there will be several scars and markings. Because of this, when a large number of grafts are required, doctors rely on body hair.



  • How quickly does the healing progress?

The speed of healing depends on the post-operative treatment. In order to promote fast healing, moisturizing antibacterial creams and ointments should be applied often.



  • When will one receive the entire result?

In eight to ten months, the full outcome can be obtained.



  • How long will this hair last?

One  can assume that transplanted hair is permanent unless one has experienced extreme stress, illness, a bad lifestyle, smoke, etc. Even though all hair on the scalp experiences age-related thinning, age-related thinning has no direct effect on hair that has been transplanted specifically.

 

Consult with Dr. Urvashi Chandra, for body hair transplant in Delhi at Chandra Clinic. She examines the patient thoroughly and offers them other options as well; surgery will only be an option if all other measures don’t work. To know more, pay a visit today!

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