Last year, doctors performed nearly 100,000 hair restoration surgeries in North America. While the vast majority of hair transplants focused on a patient’s head, MSNBC reports that a growing number of people are now transplanting hair to other parts of the body - including chests, beards, eyebrows, and even eyelashes. Hair transplant technology has come a long way, which is very good news to people who remember the early days of hair transplanting, when doctors grafted unsightly clumps of hair – called plugs – into a person’s scalp.
Now, doctors can move hair follicles to just about anywhere a person can grow hair! The most common procedure is called “strip harvesting.” That’s where a doctor removes a thin strip of hair follicles from the scalp, and microscopically slices it into hundreds – or even thousands – of separate follicles. Depending on where you get a transplant done, surgeries can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. They’re rarely painful, although an eyelash transplant may leave you with a temporary black eye. Why would you even consider getting a hair transplant anywhere besides your head?
Experts say many people lose hair around their body due to disease, scarring or aging. So restoring hair is one way to make people feel “normal” again. Also, many women are getting eyebrow transplants because years of over-plucking have destroyed their natural eyebrow follicles. Many men are getting beard transplants to give them a manlier look – especially guys who never outgrew their boyish “peach fuzz” mustache. Of course, even with these advances, hair transplant surgery still isn’t cheap. The price for a basic eyebrow or mustache transplant runs around $4,000! These are very delicate surgeries, so you’ll want to find a doctor who’s performed at least 100 transplants before. You can find information like that at one of our favorite Web sites: Vitals.com.