Hair Transplants: 4 Surprising Areas Where You Can Get Them
April 7, 2015
When you think of hair transplants, you probably imagine these procedures happening on the head. That’s not always the case. Hair transplantation can thicken the hair density of a few different areas of the face and body. This surgical technique works by transferring hair follicles from one part of the body (donor site) to an area where there’s a lack of hair (recipient site). So if hair transplants aren’t just restoring heads of thinning hair, where else can they work?
It’s all about thick eyebrows these days. Remember during the 90s when pencil-thin brows were in? Not so much anymore. Celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins are known for their full eyebrows and played major roles in starting the fascination with bold brows.
Some women go in for eyebrow hair transplants because they can’t grow back their hair after years of over-plucking. Others may have medical conditions that lead to thin eyebrows. For most people, though, they’re just looking to change up their eyebrows’ appearance. After all, eyebrows do make a huge difference in framing a person’s face and how old they look.
While some men prefer to have a bare and smooth chest, others are actually looking to get a fuller chest of hair. Men may not be able to grow hair in this area because of genetics or past laser hair removal treatments. Accidents and burns are also culprits that would make hair growth difficult.
So where do these hairs come from to make your chest hair fuller? They come from your scalp. Even though these hairs will be on your chest, they’ll continue to grow like regular hair. You should trim them regularly, unless you’re fine with extremely long chest hair. These hairs remain permanently on your chest after transplantation.
I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed tons of men rocking thick beards around the city. Some of them can just naturally grow thick and even facial hair but not all men are born equal—that’s why facial hair transplants are a big deal right now. This procedure can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000.
It’s a steep price but that doesn’t stop men from gravitating towards it. According to this CBC article, a study conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery shows the number of facial hair transplants increased by 9.5% globally from 2010 to 2012.
According to this article, hair restoration to the pubic area is a booming business in South Korea.That’s because pubic hair is considered as a sign of sexual health and fertility. While Brazilian waxes and laser hair removal for pubic hair is super common in North America, Korean women want to transplant the hair from their heads to their lady bits.
It makes you think twice about cultural norms and expectations of what’s considered sexually attractive, doesn’t it? This 2-4 hour procedure costs a little over $2,000.
Hair really is an important feature for many of us. Some people treat their hair as a reflection of who they are or as a fashion statement. It’s also a deeply personal thing—people may have specific reasons to have or not have hair in certain areas of their bodies. Regardless, it’s fascinating to see that hair transplantation can be done in so many areas of the body today.
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.