Happy New Yr Mr. Rassman.
Currently, I shave my sides with a trimmer to 0.25 number and keep the little existing hair on my scalp shaved at 0.5 number. This is because I dont have hair to show off anyways, so might as well give it a shaved look. Even though I have some donor area, I am sure it wont be enough for hair transplant to give it a long full hair appearance.
As an alternative, I would like to have a shaved look but without SMP / using chemicals. I would like to achieve this with BHT but I do see from your previous posts that you are not a big fan of BHT because of the different texture and the growth rate of hair.
So my idea is to use the body hair on the the top of the scalp. It may not grow in the same pace / texture with the rest of the existing hair but what if I want to keep shaving it (or trimming to 0.5 number). Will it help? My logic says if I am shaving it / trimming it, it would probably.
My concern is:
1) ARE THERE ever SCARS in the recipient area? This question is relevant here because I will be shaving / keeping my scalp hair very short (0.25 or 0.5 number on the trimmer)
2) In your experience, while transplanting hair (whether hair from back of the head or body hair) into the recipient area, can existing hair get damaged?
Thanks for all your good work, may the force be with you.
I will be direct to your questions.
1) Visible recipient site scars are rare if the instrument is very small and a slit is used. But with any surgery, there is a small (rare) risk of keloid and scarring.
2) Existing hair is rarely damaged, unless perhaps there is shock loss, which is typical of young men under the age of 30 who do not take the drug finasteride. (This is not an absolute rule as some men decline to take finasteride. It is a case by case basis.) In general, the younger they are, the greater the risk of shock loss.