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Hair transplant – Scalp vs beard hair

Beard and Scalp hair Dr Nikos hair transplant donor hair

Hair transplant – Scalp vs beard hair. A hair transplant needs a healthy source of hair. To remove and then restore areas of hair loss. While scalp hair is the obvious choice. There are alternative donor hair sources. For example, beard hair. Does beard and scalp hair have anything in common? For a hair transplant – scalp vs beard hair pros and cons.

Male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia. Is the genetic hair loss condition suffered by men. Believed to be caused by a by-product of testosterone. Called DHT. To give it´s full name, Dihydrotestosterone. DHT activates the male pattern baldness gene. However, ironically, this same process can help stimulate healthy strong hair growth. Over the body, including the beard.

A hair transplant requires genetically strong hair to work. As the basis of a hair transplant is the results are permanent. Consequently, regardless where the hair is removed from. Every effort must be made. To ensure genetically healthy hair is used. With a a hair transplant – scalp vs beard hair. Unlike skin and nails. Hair characteristic change. Depending on the area of the body.

Regardless of the hair type or characteristics. Hairs grow in three cycles. However facial hair has a much shorter growth cycle. Compared to scalp hair. Consequently scalp hair grows for years. Whereas facial hair is a matter of months. Beard hair tends to be thicker than scalp hair. On the other hand, scalp hair can be straight or with only a slight wave. Opposed to beard often growing thicker. This is due to the shape of the follicle in the skin. As there are differences between the hairs. It is important a match is maintained. Otherwise they will not blend and result in an unnatural pattern of hair growth.

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Beard vs scalp hair groupings

All hair grows in natural groups, bunches or follicular units. Scalp hair these groups vary in size. For example, from one to four hairs. Whereas beard hair growth is much less. Growing mainly as single hair follicular unit. With the odd two hair follicular unit group. This difference in the hair count. Between the two hair types. Will affect the hair distribution. As scalp hair fundamentally can cover twice. Maybe three times the surface area.

As a result beard hair can be limited. Of course it can be used to rebuild thinning areas of an existing beard. Often using the beard from the base of the beard area of the neck. Although beard hair can also be used over the top of the scalp. Also to repair unsightly scarring. When within existing hair growth.

Beard transplants are becoming more popular. As men are wanting to rebuild their beards. Either greater hair density or more definition to the shape. Scalp hair can be added. But due to the difference in the growth cycle. It will grow longer. As a result, will need to be trimmed to match the beard hair growth. Using beard hair is also becoming more popular. As a secondary donor resource to scalp hair. When rebuilding areas of hair loss over the top of the head. Also, as a repair option. Especially when the scalp hair has run out or depleted.

Any hair transplant requires technical and artistic skills. But, especially true when considering using beard hair. Either to rebuild a beard or to repair previous hair transplant work. Your Doctor should be proficient in the use of beard hair, as is Dr Nikos. Arranging your free online hair assessment will be the first step to your hair restoration.

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