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.
Can I Receive Someone Else's Hair for Hair Transplant?
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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
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.
You can transplant another person's hair as long as the other person is your identical twin
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Can I Receive Someone Else's Hair or from another part of my body for Hair Transplant?
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.
Someone Else's Hair for Transplant
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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