Dear forum readers,
The following is part of the advice we give all our bht patients. I feel it will be of benefit to all bht patients alike.
Unlike the scalp donor hair, the body donor hair differs from the scalp hair in many variables.
Two of them-
- Speed of growth of hair.
- %age of hair in growing phase, make a significant impact in certain situations.
Patients who go for a buzz cut/shave, long after their bht, will notice that a few weeks later, the scalp hair would have grown quite a bit but the body hair may not be visible to the same extent as it was earlier.
That is because, on one hand, buzz cut/shave ensured that the non growing (but still visible) hair have been got rid of.
On the other hand, since the speed of growth of body hair is much slower compared to the scalp hair, it may not be noticeable for a few weeks at least.
Thus, if one gets a bht or a hybrid (bht +scalp) procedure, one should either keep a buzz cut or a normal grown out hair length.
Yo-yo hair cuts, (alternately buzz cutting and then growing the hair long), is likely to make the coverage seem much less than what it is. This becomes more important as time passes and the transplanted body hair cycles become out of synch.
Therefore, one should not attempt to alternately buzz cut the scalp followed by letting it grow.
If one does so, please be aware that for a period of time following the buzz cut, till all the body hair again grows back, the appearance will be markedly thinner.
The first cycle after a BHT, most of the hair being in relatively synchronized hair growth cycles, will show a high number of hair in the active growth phase.
Over time, as the synchronicity of these growth cycles disintegrates, the coverage provided by these transplanted body hair, will depend on many factors. Some, atleast, will be in control of the patient. Awareness of those factors will aid the patient in getting the maximum benefit from the BHTs.