Woods and Campbell first performed the relocation of
individual chest hair follicular units into the scalp
in 1998. Since that time they have been refining the
procedure and have performed it successfully on several
occasions. It has proved invaluable for people who have
severely depleted and damaged donor site areas from
previous traumatic hair transplant surgery, and who
wish to have increased hair coverage. Others require
this chest hair for correction of scars anywhere on
Chest hair when transplanted to the scalp, is mainly
used for filling in and increasing the density between
pre-existing or transplanted hair. It can also be used
in totally bald areas but will only grow to it's genetically
pre-determined length. The hair can grow reasonably
long and be trained by grooming to grow in the direction
of normal hair.
The advantages are that remarkable density can be achieved
in situations previously thought impossible due to regular
donor site inadequacy.
In cases where strip excision surgery can no longer
be done due to prior extensive damage and scarring from
such surgery, the Wood's technique of Follicular Relocation
allows large numbers of hair to still be transplanted
from the back and sides of the head. This is due to
the microsurgical technique and trauma minimalization.
However, the utilization of chest hair has provided
even greater scope for density and wider coverage.
Woods plans on performing another 3 to 5 chest hair
sessions on Tony and expects to be able to relocate
an additional 2800 chest hairs to completely cover the
crown. The procedure has been very successful and Tony
is extremely satisfied with the results.