Is Beard Hair a Good Source of Donor Hair for Hair Transplants?

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Body Hair Transplant Uses Beard Hair

Beard hair is an excellent secondary donor source for hair transplant on severely bald patients. Advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) enables body hair transplant, which can incorporate the use of hair from almost anywhere outside the traditional donor zone, including the face. Though beard hair is coarser than typical head hair, the long-term graft survival rate of beard hair is high enough to make it a valuable resource.

Beard hair use is great for those whose head donor source is depleted, either due to advanced male pattern baldness or prior botched surgeries.


Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Donor Hair


Under certain circumstances beard hair can be transplanted to the head, however this is not ideal or the way to go, except under the most unusual of senarios.


Beard hair source for donor hair?

No for two reasons:  It is the wrong quality of hair and it is impossible to harvest.

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Is Beard Hair a Good Source of Donor Hair for Hair Transplants?

I would doubt it.  I can't imagine beard hairs growing to the same length, texture and thickness as scalp hair.  Scalp hair remains the best donor for hair transplants.  Perhaps Propecia?

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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