Androgenic alopecia, or common baldness, is one of the most frequent causes of hair loss, a condition that particularly concerns the youngest, who resort to treatments such as autotransplantation of hair, which is extracted from other areas of the patient's body. to do capillary micrografts where it is needed It is an effective technique, which has improved in recent years, and has quite acceptable aesthetic results.

To carry out the treatment, they are obtained Hair follicles of the skin of the nape or the sides of the patient's head, and then implanted one by one in the depopulated areas - almost always the crown or the entrances - with a maximum of 3,000 hairs per session. With the aim that the appearance of graft As natural as possible, hair from other parts of the body, for example the chest and back, is also used to increase the capillary density of the treated area.

The grafts that use the hair of the legs serve to increase the capillary density in the area affected by baldness, and provide the patient with a more natural appearance

Dr. Sanusi Umar, from the Department of Dermatology at the University of California (United States), explains in an article published in Archives of Dermatology, a procedure in which it has been used hair of the legs of two patients to combat their alopecia. The expert explains that it is a new option to complete the conventional treatment, and that initially healthy hairs are transplanted extracted from the nape of the neck but that, sometimes, an appropriate result is not achieved because either the donor area does not have enough hair and the The graft does not completely cover the needs of the patient, or it is a thinner hair than is usually found at the hairline and, therefore, the final appearance of the graft is unnatural.

The hair on the legs is thinner and, if implanted next to the other grafts, increases the capillary density in the area affected by baldness, at the same time it provides a much more natural appearance, as was the case with the two patients that Dr. Umar describes in his article. Once transplanted, the hair of the legs, as well as the chest and back, does not grow more than it would grow in its usual location (about two centimeters), so to obtain a good result it is necessary to alternate it with hair from the nape or other areas of the head capable of donating healthy hair.

Alopecia: causes and treatment of hair loss explained (November 2019).