Using follicles from the face and transplanting them to the head is actually a form of Follicular Unit Extraction, on a basic level. Tiny punches are used to harvest these grafts.
However, this type of procedure requires a highly specialized approach. Specially designed tools need to be used. When it comes to extracting beard hairs, there are two primary challenges:
1) The risk of damaging the follicles through the use of regular FUE punches. Facial hair grows at different angles. And with curly hair, it grows in curves below the skin. Therefore it is difficult to know exactly where the follicle is. And punches can be positioned inaccurately, causing damage to the structure.
2) The face is quite visible compared to the head. No one wants to have scars or marks on their face after surgery. This too is a risk with basic FUE tools.
Harvesting beard hair needs to be done with an Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction system called uGraft. UGraft instruments includes special mechanisms and punch units that create wounds of specific shapes that heal in a superior fashion. Patients do not need to worry about permanent facial marks and irregularities on their skin as a result.
The Benefits Of Using Beard Follicles
Body hair follicles serve many purposes. They are closely matched to existing hair follicles on the scalp, which produce a natural look. The textures of hairs are important. Many people do not want different hair textures blended in the same region because it might stand out. That is why the use of body hairs plays an important role. The hair textures will not be exact, but close in caliber. Also, when using body hair follicles from regions such as the beard, legs, arms, shoulders, torso and nape the follicles it does not leave visible scarring, whereas in a traditional transplant it does. There is an endless amount of hair follicles that can be harvested and implanted, and that is very important in order to achieve density.
What To Be Aware Of
Patients must take precaution when choosing a hair transplant surgeon to perform a body hair transplant. There are special skills he or she must attain in order to perform a successful transplant. If a regular hair transplant surgeon is chosen, there is a risk that the wrong follicles will be selected, causing for an ineffective transplant. Also, the surgeon could possibly damage the donor site, which would result in a scar. Before selecting the surgeon make sure to view before and after photos of patients who have undergone a beard to head transplant. Since it is still a new innovative technique, many surgeons are unable to perform this procedure.