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Hi Marcela, The use of the term "hair transplant" is a little misleading. What actually happens is that hair is transplanted from areas of the scalp that contain growing hair to the areas that don't. If hair was to be transplanted from one person to another then that recipient would have to worry about rejection of the transplant and would have to be on immunosuppressive drugs to maintain the transplant. Immunosuppressive drugs are not something that any person would want to be on for any cosmetic procedure, nor would the medical community allow do this anyway for ethical reasons. But since the hair came from the same individual, this is no problem. However, since only small patches of hair are transplanted the person will not have a full head of hair in the end, only a better redistribution about the scalp. The hair should not thin if everything goes well and would be the same color, so in that respect the procedure is sucessful. Mark Sullivan
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