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Can Hair Be Donated from Another Person for a Hair Transplant?

2/18/2011 5:18:35 AM

Question:

I don't have enough donor supply to use my own hair. Can hair be donated from another person?

Answer:

While it is theoretically possible to transplant hair from one individual to another, this would require the patient to take very potent and dangerous anti-rejection drugs like those taken by organ transplant recipients. Doctors would never recommend the use of such dangerous medications for a non-life threatening condition such as hair loss. The one exception to this rule may be transplants between identical twins who are genetically identical.

Some patients who don’t have sufficient donor hair to treat significant balding may opt for body hair transplantation. However, while there are some hair restoration physicians who practice this procedure, many feel that the results are too unpredictable.

For more information I suggest reading the following article from our Hair Loss Q&A Blog, Body Hair Transplantation (BHT) presentation by Dr. Bob True.

For further research I also recommend you visit our Hair Restoration Forum and social network.

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