FAQs Can You Graft Another Person's Hair?

Can You Graft Another Person's Hair?

When we start researching hair transplant, we come across one of the most frequent questions: Can graft hair of another person ?. Here we will tell you if that is possible or not.

One of the questions that can arise about hair transplantation is where and how to graft hair into a person with alopecia problems.

In the first stay, theoretically if it should be possible to transplant hair from one person to another from a technical or practical point of view; But specialists do not see it as a viable or recommended option. Although people share genetic characteristics or even if they are familiar, it is NOT possible to make hair implants from two different people; that is, you can NOT graft someone else's hair. This is because the immune system does not recognize the implanted follicles as its own but as foreign bodies. Therefore the body rejects them but in addition to that, it could cause affections in the person. 

It is curious how with other organs of the body it is possible to do transplants of a foreign person. This process is called allogeneic transplant which corresponds to organ or tissue donation between individuals who share similar genetic characteristics; They may be family members or outsiders with compatible features. This is possible since the intervention of foreign organs is viable between vital organs, for example: lungs, kidneys, liver, etc. Hair transplantation is not a vital but an aesthetic procedure.

But then what does it take to achieve a hair transplant? To answer the question we can start by defining the concept autologous transplant, This is that the individual is a donor and recipient of his own tissues. And since we already know that you cannot graft someone else's hair, let's see what it can do.

Parts from where we can extract «hair»

Thus, we can go to the following question: from which parts of the individual can the hair be extracted for transplantation? Returning to the previous statement, in theory any tissue from the same person can be transplanted. One option could be considered the villi of the body; Although this is not the most recommended, since the hair maintains the characteristics of where it is extracted and does not offer an aesthetic or natural appearance. The areas where it is mainly extracted are from the head itself, either from the sides or the nape of the neck; as long as the donor has not developed such extensive alopecia.

Currently there are different techniques and the one that has been imposed the most lately is the Technique FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), this is the one that has shown better results with better healing and is practically painless. Although there are also other methods for example: capillary micropigmentation, treatment with PRP (platelet rich plasma or an artificial hair transplant, also called Biofibre. Another alternative under development is 3D printing; what is known as the bioprint of a functional hair follicle. Although these processes are still in the experimental phase. Depending on the qualities and needs of the person with alopecia, you can define which process could be the most effective and viable. 

Therefore the answer is clear, you cannot graft someone else's hair.

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Dr. Enrique Orozcohttps://dreoclinic.com/
General Director, Specialist in Trichology and Hair Transplantation Certified by ABHRS. Only ABHRS Certified with residence in Mexico.

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