Can I Receive Someone Else's Hair for Hair Transplant?

or can get hair from somewhere else other than my scalp? This is for my sideburns and not sure I want my hair's scalp as sideburns! thanks.

Doctor Answers 12

Yes, but don't know anyone to do it for you

Just like any other organ transplant, hair can be transplanted from one person to another. This would require the same genetic testing. In fact, it has been done between a bone marrow donor and recipient with success.

I do not know of any hair transplant surgeon who would have the ability to do this. Alternatively you can use your own body hair. However, scalp hair is a better match for the side burns.

Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Someone else's hair

Medically, the transplanted follicular can derive from another individual just like any other organ transplant. However, immunosuppressant medication is required to be taken for life. Taking such drugs for life carries significant health risks and serious side effects, increasing the possibility of infections. It is for that reason that a hair transplant is not recommended from one person to another

Koray Erdogan, MD
Istanbul Hair Restoration Surgeon

You can transplant another person's hair as long as the other person is your identical twin

You can transplant another person's hair as long as the other person is your identical twin.  This has been done successfuly. Otherwise the transplanted hair will be rejected.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Other people's hair

No.  You must use your own hair.  There are risks of disease transfer and rejection.  However, hair can be taken from different areas on the body if need be.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Can I Receive Someone Else's Hair or from another part of my body for Hair Transplant?

No you cannot take hair from anyone else other than your identical twin, if you have one. this is because the hair bulbs or roots have live cells that just like all your other cells have your own unique genetic code in them. If your body comes across someone else's genetic code it tends to reject it. Of course you could take anti rejection drugs as in organ transplants, but generally speaking this would not be ethical practice as there are many life affecting issues involved!

Regarding taking hair from your scalp onto your sideburns, there really is nothing to worry about. I can understand your thinking but believe me it will be very hard to tell. I have been transplanting hairs from scalp to beard since 1995 and its never been an issue.

Bessam Farjo, MBChB
Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Someone Else's Hair for Transplant

Hi there, and thanks for your intriguing question. This would certainly be an interesting procedure, but unfortunately the risk of rejection is too high to justify undergoing the procedure. Rejection occurs when the body's immune system identifies a foreign body and attempts to protect the body from harm. Although the recipients of lifesaving transplanted organs are prescribed immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection, the side effects and lifelong commitment are not appropriate for cosmetic surgery. For now, the best hair transplant results come from using the patient's own hair from a similar area of the body.

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Hair Transplant Donors

To answer your first question - no.  Unfortunately, hair transplants will need to be from your own scalp or area with hair growth.  Your body would reject anyone else's hair.  To your second question - yes.  Hair can be taken from somewhere else on your body when using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique.  The donor hair would need to resemble the texture of your side burns to yield a more natural result.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Donor Hair For Hair Transplant Using Beard Hair Follicles

This is a good question that many people wonder about. Hair follicles from someone else are very likely to be rejected by your immune system. Your immune system is designed to recognize protein that is not yours. And this forms the basis for attacks.

Beard hair follicles taken from your face can be inserted as a good match for your side burns. The results would be permanent.

Here is a video of a patient who received a beard hair transplant for his head. This has information that you may be interested in if you are thinking about using follicles from your facial area.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Hair transplant donor site options

First of all, only an individual’s own hair can be used, unless there is an identical twin. Second, in the occasional patient, the donor hairs can be from some area other than the scalp, including the chest and beard region. However, these donor body areas are generally less reliable and therefore not used nearly as often as scalp hairs.

As a surgeon who does more than 100 of these facial hair procedures every year, it is been my experience that scalp hair in fact is an excellent match for beard and sideburn hairs, and if is just the sideburns, typically no more than 200 of so grafts are indicated per side.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Hair Transplants from Another Individual

You can possibly receive hair transplants from another individual only if that person is an identical twin. Immunosuppressive drugs are too dangerous to justify their use in cosmetic surgery. Scalp hair is effectively used to create sideburns.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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