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Can You Use Someone Else’s Hair for a Hair Transplant?
Why can’t you have a Hair Transplant using Other People’s Hair?


Jan 12, 2023

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Este Medical Group

The subject of hair transplants poses all sorts of interesting questions, and one we hear quite regularly at Este is, ‘can you use other people’s hair for transplant?’

Can Anyone get a Hair Transplant?

If you’re considering a hair transplant and you’re wondering if you’re a suitable candidate, the main point to remember is that hair transplants are only suitable for people who are experiencing permanent hair loss.

This hair loss is often hereditary, so if there’s a pattern of your older family members going through hair loss, and now you’re experiencing the same thing, then you will likely be a suitable candidate.

If, however, you’re suffering from hair loss due to alopecia areata, or diffuse hair loss, then it’s unlikely that a hair transplant will work for you. This is because even after the hair transplant, it’s likely that your immune system will attack your newly transplanted hair and the whole process will have failed.

Where does Hair for Hair Transplants come from?

Hair for hair transplants always has to come from your own body. You can’t have a hair transplant with other people’s hair but, can you transplant hair from other parts of the body? Yes, you can. In order for a hair transplant to work, the hair used must be taken from -

  • Your own body
  • An area of your scalp with thicker hair growth
  • The back of the neck
  • Beard
  • Or as a hair transplant from other parts of the body

So, if you’ve lost a considerable amount of hair from your head, and you want to know, ‘can you get a hair transplant if you are bald?’ then you’ll be pleased to hear that, yes, you can.

Why can’t you have a Hair Transplant using Other People’s Hair?

We are often asked, ‘can you transplant other people’s hair?’ and the answer is: No. But why is this? It’s because our bodies are clever and can’t be fooled.

If you tried to have a hair transplant from other donor, your immune system would immediately recognise an outsider. Your immune system would be alerted to this intruder and wouldn’t give this new hair a chance to grow. The result would be that the newly transplanted hair would simply fall out and the hair follicles wouldn’t have had time to grow.

What about Synthetic Hair Transplants?

Synthetic hair follicles are a relatively new player on the scene in the world of hair transplants. This is something that Este doesn’t do, and that’s largely down to the temporary nature of this procedure. We achieve fantastic results with our proven methods of hair transplant and have even been named as the best hair transplant clinic in Turkey.

Synthetic hair follicles use artificial strands of hair to give the illusion of natural hair. They are available in a variety of hair colours. Unlike real hair transplants, synthetic hair follicles will not grow. However, they do shed, and you can expect to lose around 10% of your synthetic hair each year. On average, your synthetic hair transplant is expected to last for approximately 7 – 8 years. During that time you may need top-ups.

How do Hair Transplants Work?

At Este, we approach hair transplants in a holistic and revolutionary way, because we want to make sure you get the best results achievable.

Your hair transplant experience starts with our unmatched pre-treatment care where we make sure your scalp is absolutely ready to receive its hair transplant. This may entail pre-treatment therapy such as -

  1. Laser hair regrowth therapy
  2. Mesotherapy

These treatments help ensure your scalp is in the best possible state to receive your transplanted hair follicles. These pre-treatment therapies take place at an Este clinic in the UK, whereas your actual hair transplant will happen at our state-of-the-art sister clinic in Istanbul, Turkey. Here, our highly-skilled surgeons will use either the FUE or DHI transplant technique.

For the best FUE results we use the Sapphire hair transplant method. This method of hair transplant means less bleeding, fewer scars, less pain, more natural visible results, and a lower infection risk.

The DHI process, on the other hand, uses the choi pen which creates incisions at the same time as implanting the hair follicle. It can be a faster process and is less invasive than more traditional methods. The number of hair grafts you need for both of these treatment methods will depend on the severity of your hair loss and the look you want to achieve.

Does Transplanted Hair Grow?

Possibly the most worrying part of getting your head around the process of hair transplants is to find out that the hair that’s been transplanted doesn’t grow and will actually fall out a few weeks after the treatment. But don’t worry! This is entirely normal.

Once your body has recovered from the hair transplant treatment, new hairs will begin to grow where you’ve had the transplant. In order to get the best results, and once you’ve returned to the UK after your procedure, you will have aftercare treatment at your nearest Este clinic. We will also make sure you’re given the best aftercare advice available in order to ensure successful hair growth.

A New You

If hair loss is getting you down and you’d like to do something about it, you can! Book in for your free consultation with Este and see how we can help transform your hair and boost your self-confidence at the same time. We look forward to meeting you.

Last Updated:

January 12, 2023

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