The technique for transplanting body hair is similar FUE technique which is used for extraction, and basically involves extending the donor area to the whole body. In such cases, and provided the physical requirements are met, follicular units can be extracted directly from different area of the body - torso, arms or legs - and transplanted to the scalp. This method opens up a hope for patients who do not have sufficient hair in donor area of head.
Candidates for body hair transplant must meet certain physiological requirements, i.e. the body hair must be suitable for use as head hair. Follicular Units (FUs) taken from the body are anatomically different to hairs taken from the head. Whereas FUs taken from the head generally consist of 1, 2 or 3 hairs, in most cases FUs from the body only have one hair.
Body hairs can change their structure after being transplanted - in most cases they become longer and straighter, interestingly adapting somewhat to head hair structure.
Patients wanting to undergo body hair transplant treatment should be aware of the fact that this form of treatment is a last-resort attempt, with success chances not foreseeable.
This all means that any patient wishing to undergo body hair transplant treatment needs to discuss this in depth with his hair surgeon. Similarly, the operation must be performed by a fully competent hair surgeon, as the success of a body hair transplant is dependent on the experience, know-how and abilities of the surgeon performing the operation.