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 15

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
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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
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Can hair be transplanted from someone else?

Technically it is possible, but practically it is very difficult. If you still have donor hair in the back of your head that would be your first choice. The next best choice is body hair transplant. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Using someone else's hair for a transplant.

An identical twin would work, but that wouldn't address your concern about donor location, since the harvest would also be from the scalp. Even a "perfect match" for an organ transplant requires a lifetime of powerful anti-rejection medications that could not be justified for a cosmetic hair transplant.

However, hairs from the traditional donor area look fine when used for sideburns, temple point reconstruction, eyebrows, and even eyelash reconstruction.

Robert Haber, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Someone elses hair

You can not receive the hair from another person unless it is an idential twin as you will reject the hair just like a kidney transplant

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 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 46 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
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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
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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 19 reviews

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