Are Third-Party Hair Transplants A Solution to Alopecia Hair Loss?
In our work helping patients in England receive hair transplants overseas, where it costs far less, we get a lot of question about the options people have in treatments. If someone is suffering from alopecia hair loss, for example, it's understandable that they would want to find the best possible solution to their condition.
So, sometimes we have people with alopecia hair loss ask us if it's possible for them to receive third-party hair transplants. As much as we would like to say this is an option, currently, it simply is not.
Here's a quick explanation of why.
How Modern Hair Transplants Work
Most modern hair transplantation is based on a technique called Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE. This process utilizes a specialized pen-style device which has been specifically designed to grab onto individual hair follicles, pull them out unharmed, and then re-implant them in a specifically chosen place somewhere else on the scalp.
These pens are so simple and effective that a trained surgeon, such as the experts in Istanbul, can transplant hundreds of follicles in a single hour!
Typically, the transplant comes from other places on a person's head. If someone has a receding hairline, for example, the donor follicles are usually pulled from around their neckline, in back, where the removal won't be noticeable. This is excellent for people suffering from typical "male pattern baldness."
However, it can't be done with someone else's hair.
Why Third-Party Hair Transplants Generally Don't Work
It comes down to one thing: tissue rejection.
Our bodies have millions of years of evolution telling them to reject foreign material. If it's inside your body, and it's not a natural part of your body, it will begin to attack that material as though it was a disease or some other sort of bodily invasion. In its mildest form, this rejection will have severe allergy-like symptoms, and in worst cases, it would be outright fatal.
You might say, "Well, what about organ transplants?" In those cases, the patients are on a regimen of drugs designed to stop the tissue rejection process from happening. Most of the time, the patients will be on these drugs for the rest of their lives, and if they ever stop taking them, rejection will occur.
This is an acceptable tradeoff when the alternative is fatal, such as in the case of heart or liver transplants. But very few doctors would be willing to subject a patient to that process for the sake of a hair transplant.
Are There Transplant Solutions for Alopecia Hair Loss?
Depending on the type of alopecia you have, yes. If the hair loss is localized, and only manifesting as a bald spot, traditional hair transplantation techniques may still work. Also, there is the possibility of taking hair follicles from other parts of the body.
At Group Florence, we specialize in connecting patients in need of hair transplants with highly qualified state-of-the-art facilities in Istanbul, Turkey. If you're suffering from alopecia, contact us to discuss your options.