Dear Dr Rassman,
You’ve written before that hair transplant from another person or the dead are not possible because it’d mean the recipient needing to take anti-rejection meds and the risk being much greater than the benefit.
But what if a potential hair transplant patient has already had a previous heart/liver/lung etc transplant, and so is already committed to a lifetime of anti-rejection meds, would it then be possible (even if only theoretically) ? If so, has it ever happened, and is it something you yourself would be ethically comfortable with and technically confident of getting a natural looking result with ?
Thankfully, this is not a situation I’m in myself but presumably there must be some small percentage of your patients who this would apply to and it’d be interesting to know. Thanks!
What you are asking is theoretically possible. However, one of the many side effects of anti-rejection medication is hair loss.
In the last 15 to 20 years of my practice, I don’t recall seeing a heart/lung/kidney transplant patient nor have I met someone willing to donate their hair to someone else. I think people may be more willing to donate one of their kidneys than their hair… which says something about how important hair is to most people, eh?!