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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplantation is a popular procedure that involves removing individual hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp and transplanting them to the recipient site. However, when the scalp hair is not sufficient or is not of good quality, the surgeon may suggest Body Hair Transplantation (BHT). Here’s what you need to know about the difference between FUE and BHT.
FUE hair transplantation
FUE hair transplantation involves removing hair follicles from the scalp using a small, circular tool called a punch. The tool is used to create small incisions around the hair follicles and extract them one by one. The hair follicles are then implanted in the recipient area to create natural-looking hair growth.
The FUE procedure is minimally invasive and typically leaves no linear scar. The results of FUE hair transplantation are long-lasting and can create natural-looking hair growth that blends seamlessly with the surrounding hair.
Body Hair Transplantation (BHT)
In some cases, the scalp hair is not suitable for hair transplantation because of insufficient donor hair, low hair density, or weak hair quality. In such cases, body hair transplantation (BHT) may be an option. BHT involves removing hair from other parts of the body, such as the chest, back, or beard, and transplanting it to the scalp.
The BHT procedure is similar to the FUE procedure, and the extracted hair follicles are implanted in the same way. The surgeon uses a small, circular tool to extract the hair follicles and creates small incisions in the scalp to implant the hair follicles. However, the texture and growth pattern of body hair differ from scalp hair, so the results may not be as natural-looking as FUE hair transplantation.
The difference between FUE and BHT
The main difference between FUE and BHT is the source of the hair follicles. In FUE hair transplantation, the hair follicles are extracted from the scalp, while in BHT, the hair follicles are extracted from other parts of the body.
FUE is generally considered the preferred option for hair transplantation because scalp hair is usually of better quality and matches the texture and growth pattern of the surrounding hair. However, in cases where scalp hair is not suitable for transplantation, BHT may be a viable alternative.
It’s important to note that BHT requires specialized skills and experience, as the texture and growth patterns of body hair are different from scalp hair. Only a qualified and experienced hair restoration surgeon can determine the best approach for hair transplantation, whether it’s FUE or BHT.
FUE and BHT are both hair transplantation procedures that involve extracting hair follicles and implanting them in the recipient site to create natural-looking hair growth. The main difference between the two procedures is the source of the hair follicles, with FUE using scalp hair and BHT using hair from other parts of the body. While FUE is generally considered the preferred option, BHT may be a viable alternative in cases where scalp hair is not suitable for transplantation. Consult with a qualified and experienced hair restoration surgeon to determine the best approach for your hair restoration needs.