Body hair transplant or BHT can be considered as an extension of FUE hair transplant where donor area extends to body. It can be used in patients who do not have enough supply of donor scalp hair. This may be naturally so or may be a result of previously performed bad hair transplants.
In this technique matching donor hair roots are extracted from the body parts like beard, chest, legs, armpit etc. and placed directly in the scalp.Although simple in concept, it is vastly different on practical grounds. There are many differences between scalp and body hair transplant which make this procedure less than ideal. The foremost concern is availability of adequate number of hairs. As body hairs are lower in density, it is not possible to harvest them in thousands. In general the most dense body hair are present in the beard area of men. These hairs are thicker and also grow longer as compared to other body hairs. Beard hairs are therefore considered most suitable for body hair transplant. If a patient does not have adequate beard hairs, other areas like chest or leg hairs can be harvested for hair restoration.