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The area of baldness was extensive and required more hair than was available in the depleted donor site. Despite this, Dr Woods was still able to remove 1000 grafts from this area using his Woods Technique of Follicular Relocation™. After maximizing all the available amount of hair, Dr Woods decided to try using his technique to extract hairs from the chest and relocate them to the scalp. 1200 hairs were then taken from the chest area and transplanted into the scalp.

 

Pictures taken of the patient's chest area weeks after the hairs have been extracted. There is virtually no sign of any scarring or trauma to the skin

 

Dr 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 the scalp.

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
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Dr 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.

The transplanted chest hairs blend in well with the existing hairs and are virtually indistinguishable from the scalp hairs.

These pictures were taken in September 2001, only 6 months after the chest hair procedure and 8 months after the initial hair transplantation procedure.
 
A second angle shows the density that has been achieved in spite of the limited amounts of available donor hair.


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