While hair transplants were initially created to implant hair on the balding scalp, the initial technique was not effective for other body parts. With time, cutting edge FUE emerged to make hair transplants on sensitive body areas a possibility. But how does facial hair transplants work? Most importantly, why wasn’t the technique possible before?
Why body hair transplants weren’t possible
For body hair transplant to look as natural as possible, grafts need to be extracted from a body region that has similar hair texture. Consequently, prior to FUE, the technique of hair restoration was mainly FUT. FUT had its limitations owing to the invasive nature of the harvesting process of the method.
In order to obtain follicular units, the technique depends on the excision of a piece of skin from the source of donor regions and later stitching it. The method often leaves a linear scar and a possibility of nerve damage. With that being said, the technique was often reserved for situations that required extracting hair from the head and relocating it to body areas with similar texture and properties.
How does body hair transplantation currently work?
Given the limitations of FUT, the situation simply called for better methods of hair transplantation. Shortly after, FUE emerged and revolutionized the field of hair transplants. Many services that weren’t available due to FUT are now available as a result of FUE.
Unlike follicular unit transplantation, FUE does not harvest grafts through the excision of pieces of skin and later dissecting them. On the contrary, the technique is by far more immaculate. Using a punch, the grafts are first isolated individually and later pulled out using forceps. The method of harvesting in FUE leaves scar-free results and no risk of nerve damage.
Eyebrow transplants are a technique of hair restoration used to reverse the damage of years of eyebrow thinning, burns or accidents, or to simply change the shape of one’s eyebrows. The hair most similar to the texture of eyebrows is located behind the ears. FUE makes the extraction of grafts from behind the ears a simple scar free process. After the extraction, a micro-sized blade is used to open channels on the recipient site of the eyebrows preparing them for implantation. Once the incisions are ready, grafts are implanted in them.
For beard transplants, donor hair similar in texture is often found in the scalp. The same technique of FUE is implemented to grant natural-looking results. The hair from the scalp is first extracted and later relocated to the beard. Within a year, hair growth will stabilize, look natural, and most importantly
FUE has revolutionized the hair transplants industry and allowed for the field to extend its applications. With FUE, donor supply can be extracted from any area on the body and doesn’t necessarily have to be the scalp. With a bigger pool of donor regions, the hair on various body regions regardless of delicacy can be restored. The results are natural, scar-free, and nerve-damage free as well.
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