Thank you for your pictures. You are so smart to color your skin so that your hairs will show up better by the contrast! Wish I had thought of thatâ€¦ I don't think that hair transplant surgery is your best option. Like you said, there is not much donor hair available from your scalp, and the body hair is very fine and light. The coverage that the body hair could provide would be minimal, and body hair transplants are not guaranteed to grow as well as scalp hair. I'm not sure that the coverage you could get through transplant would be worth the time, money, and effort.
However, there are some options for you to try instead of surgery to help the appearance of your hair. Because the oil glands in the scalp can be absent or weak in cases of ectodermal dysplasia, I would suggest regular scalp conditioning treatments. The cheapest way to do this is to heat up some olive oil in the microwave and apply it to your scalp with a cotton ball. Allow the oil to soak into your scalp for up to 30 minutes and then wash your hair as normal. It's a cost effective alternative and gentle to the scalp and hair.
What kind of shampoo do you use? Of course, I would recommend the mildest shampoo you can find, like baby shampoo. I also like HairCycle shampoo and conditioner because the ingredients are all natural, gentle, and soothing. The ingredients help to nourish the hair so that it can grow as healthy and thick as possible. The cell proliferants encourage the hair to grow faster and longer, and aloe vera helps to moisturize and improve the health of the scalp. If you would like to try it, let me know. I think we might have a sample. Otherwise, there is a website www.haircycle.com
Other than making your hair and scalp as healthy as it can be, you could try some cosmetic products like toppik, dermatch, and couvre. Here is a description by Dr. Cole about these products: http://www.forhair.com/hairtransplant/t ... .html#3235
. You can order them off the internet at:
These help to make your hair look thicker overall, and in your case, I think it would be a better alternative to surgery. For the bald area, if you have some hair there, the fibers of toppik can help by adhering to the existing hairs. How long have you had the bald area? Does your doctor offer any advice to you? I will ask the docs here and see if they have any additional advice for you.
I hope this helps. Keep me updated.