Due to advancements in medicine, doctors can transfer lungs, hearts, kidneys, and other organs from one person to another. Thanks to these procedures, recipients can receive a new lease on life. You might think that, because it’s possible to transfer these complex organs from person-to-person, it would be easy for doctors to transplant something smaller, such as donor hair, as well.
This is something people often ask about here at The Hair Loss Recovery Program, and we understand why. However, it’s not as simple as you’d think. Researchers continue to look for a way to make hair donation a viable way to treat people’s hair loss, but in most cases, it is not possible for you to receive a hair transplant using donor hair. Let us explain why.
Hair Transplant Surgery
The most common reason that people get hair transplant surgery in Toronto is male-pattern baldness. When a person suffers from male-pattern baldness, they have a build-up of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone, which happens with age. Their hair begins to thin over time because this hormone tells the follicles to slow production. People become permanently bald once the follicles slow to the point of becoming dormant.
During a hair transplant surgery, the surgeon harvests hair grafts from areas that are DHT-resistant, typically within the U-shaped patch around the back of their head. Then, they transplant each of these follicles into the balding areas. A year after a successful hair restoration surgery, the patient will begin to naturally grow new hair on their own.
Hair Donation from Another Person
When a person is balding, the idea of taking more hair from their head is intimidating, even if it is just being moved. As a result, many people wonder why they can’t receive donor hair instead.
The reason that we can’t transplant hair from someone else into a recipient’s head is because of rejection. When an organ is transplanted into another person, the body will try to reject it. Our bodies recognize when a foreign body does not contain our unique genetic makeup, including our cell receptors or DNA. The foreign body, whether it’s as a major organ or a small hair follicle, is determined to be an invader and is quickly rejected.
Organ transplants work because of anti-rejection drugs, which are an immunosuppressant that stops the body from rejecting the transplant. However, taking these drugs can be risky as they come with many side effects. They must also be taken for the rest of a person’s life, and there is a chance they could fail. For this reason, transplants are only approved by doctors when necessary for a person’s survival.
There are a few rare situations where donor hair transplantation works, one of which being if two people are twins. Since their genetic makeup is the same, they wouldn’t need to worry about rejection. However, by having the same DNA, the person’s twin is likely to be balding too.
How We Can Help
Although, presently, person-to-person hair donation isn’t a good idea, there are still plenty of other options for you. The team here at The Hair Loss Recovery Program have many years of experience helping people regain their hair and confidence. In addition to our years of experience, our clinic also offers leading-edge technology, which will produce the best possible outcome. If you’re interested in recovering your lost hair, give us a call at (416) 439-4247 to book your consultation today!