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

Doctor Answers 9

Beard hair

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
The use of beard hair as a primary source of donor hair is not a good idea as scalp hair is clearly the best hair for a hair transplant in quality and quantity. 

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Beard hair can be used as donor hair

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
Beard hair can be used as donor hair but there should be a reason why you would want to use beard hair over scalp hair.  Scalp hair is usually the primary choice for donor hair.  The texture and character of beard hair may not match scalp hair.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Beard to Scalp Hair Transplant

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
Beard to scalp hair transplant is one of the newest methods of hair transplantation that has been becoming more popular thanks to the advanced techniques of FUE transplantation.  The new extraction methods through FUE procedure has helped us be able to harvest beard hair intact and transplant it to the balding areas.

Beard hair is a great source for people with advanced stages of hair loss or the ones that don't have a good quality donor hair from their scalp.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Body Hair Transplant Using Beard Hair

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

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.

We encourage you to further consult with a physician for any medical advice. I am always available for a free consultation as well.

For an example of a NW 7 hair transplant using beard and body hair watch the video or use the link below

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Can beard hair be transplanted to the scalp?

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Beard hair can be transplanted but the hair quality, texture and growth rate may be different. your donor hair in the back of your head is your first choice. If your donor is limited, then you may want to consider beard to scalp. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Beard hair

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Beard and body hair has been a widely used secondary source of donor site, thanks to advanced techniques of the FUE method. Technically it is possible to use beard and body hair as a primary source for a hair transplant procedure, however it is of importance to bare in mind that it will not provide adequate naturalness. Naturalness is the most decisive criterion for the success of a hair transplant rather than density. Thus, in order to achieve a more natural appearance the effective use of the scalp hair is necessary

Koray Erdogan, MD
Istanbul Hair Restoration Surgeon

Donor Hair

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}


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.


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

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Beard hair source for donor hair?

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

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

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.