I’m 30 and a Norwood Class 2. My dad is almost a Norwood class 6 and I have a feeling I’m heading in that direction. I am considering laser removal of chest hair but am having second thoughts wondering if body hair transplant will someday become more successful. (I have read your postings on BHT so far and understand that the results have been limited). Do you see a more promising future for BHT? And thank you maintaing such an informative site. Glad to have fumbled upon it.
I do not endorse body hair transplantation (BHT), because it is not the standard of care in hair transplant surgery. Body hair does not grow the same length or texture as scalp hair. Furthermore, the growth cycle of body hair is much slower and different than scalp hair. The growth phase for the hairs is much shorter from body hair and the sleep (Telogen) cycle is longer. If a doctor transplanted 100 hairs, then as many as 40-60% of them will be in sleep mode reducing the total number of hairs that grow at any one time. These are some of the reasons why I do not recommend body hair transplant to my patients. I am sure that there are doctors and patients who claim benefits and success with body hair transplants, but I am not one of them. If you are a Class 2 at 30 years old, you most probably will not become a Class 6 as your father is, but if you map out your scalp for miniaturization and show miniaturized hairs in the Class 6 pattern, then you might follow your father’s class. Mapping is good for that reason, to give your reassurance one way or the other. To answer your question though, I don’t see a more promising future for BHT. The hairs on your body are different from the hairs on your scalp.