Can hair be taken from elsewhere than the hair on your head, or can you use someone else hair?

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In theory you can harvest donor hair from any part of your own body. You cannot harvest donor hair from another person.

In theory you can harvest donor hair from any part of your own body.  You cannot harvest donor hair from another person because your body will reject it. 

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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FUE body hair

While FUE donor sites from the body are well described and well published, scalp hair remains the best option for transplanting to the scalp.  When donor supply is exhausted, FUE from body sites can be used.  There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to body hair, but this certainly remains a viable option in hair restoration.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair for hair transplants

It is possible to take hair from other parts of the body, but it doesn't always match up so well so I prefer to not use it. It is however impossible to use somebody else's hair. The best hair to use is the hair that is found in the back and sides of the scalp of your own head. 

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Transplant from someone else

Transplant hair can be obtained from other areas of the body such as the beard,chest,arms and back but tend to not be the same quality as head hair.Hair transplanted from another individual would be treated as "foreign" by your body and attacked by your immune system.A genetically identical twin would be the only reasonable option in this situation.

David Deutsch, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair transplants from another person

Hair transplants must by from your body, but it can be taken from other body parts like beard or body. Scalp hair is the best hair for a hair transplant

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Body Hair Transplant

Yes!   Hair can be transplanted from other parts of your body to your head, but you cannot transfer hair from another person.  Common areas for transplant to the scalp include beard hair (typically under the chin), chest hair, back hair, or arm and leg hair.  Over time local cellular factors on the scalp tend to help these body hairs take on a normal scalp hair morphology.  But, the best hair is good donor hair from the scalp.  Schedule a consult with an expert an find out what can be done.  Finally, if you are short on donor hair, you can consider cellular therapy.  Adipose derived stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma are currently being studied for their potential to stimulate hair follicle development.

Ryan Welter, MD
Boston Hair Restoration Surgeon
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