Can I have someone else’s hair transplanted?
This question comes up again and again. When those interested in hair restoration call their local New York hair transplant clinic, or conduct a search on a popular medical forum; “can I have someone else’s hair transplanted” is asked by men and women of all ages. If you’ve been wondering the same thing, you’re not alone. It’s understandable- what could be a better solution for balding? We all know a friend who has impossibly thick, lush hair. Maybe they’re your age, but their genetic history includes a long line of full-haired people who all went to their graves with hairlines intact. Can that friend offer you some of what they have?
Unfortunately, the answer is, no. In theory, some complicated medical interventions could make it possible, but this is not done, and there are good reasons why. We’ll explain why only you can donate hair for redistribution on your head, and what some promising, alternative options are for those who lack donor hair.
Why must your hair transplant in New York be autologous?
Tissue which is donated from yourself to yourself is referred to as autologous in the medical world. When it comes to organ transplants, a high level of medication and preparation are required to avoid rejection of the tissue. Failure is unfortunately still unavoidable in some cases.
If your doctor were to place hair and scalp tissue from someone else’s head into yours, your body would naturally initiate an immune response to protect you from the foreign material and reject that tissue. The scalp would transition from inflamed to infected relatively quickly, and the hair would not grow.