Hair transplant technology and expertise have advanced greatly since early hair loss treatments. When surgical hair restoration procedures first became public during the 1950s, they were often known as ‘hair plugs‘, because the follicles were quite crudely plugged into the donor areas of the scalp.
These early hair transplants also tended to look very much like tiny plugs of hair, which made them quite easy to identify. Perhaps this was what contributed to the stigma around hair transplants in those early days, and why people were wary of any tell-tale signs that they’d had the procedure done. This concern may have been amplified by the fact that hair transplants used to be the preserve of high-profile celebrities, who were often in the public eye and subject to camera close-ups.
These days, however, hair transplants have become so sophisticated that the results are incredibly natural-looking. In many cases, the results are so subtle that, once the new follicles are established, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the transplanted areas and the natural hair growth.
Old-fashioned hair restoration methods like hair plugs often left visible holes in the skin around your transplant. As well as being extremely noticeable, these methods can trigger hair transplant trypophobia — a fear of small holes.
With modern techniques, everything is different. When the recovery period is over and the newly transplanted hair follicles have become permanent, it’s unlikely that anyone who doesn’t know you would suspect that your hair was anything other than natural. And even the people who know you well may notice a subtle difference in your appearance, but won’t see any visible signs of a transplant procedure.
Possibly because the results of modern hair transplants are so impressive, there’s much less stigma and social judgment around opting for this type of enhancement. And the scientific advances have helped hair transplants to become much more affordable and accessible, making this procedure a viable option for a much larger proportion of the population, making it an increasingly mainstream solution for hair loss issues.
With the increasing popularity of all types of hair transplants – from the conventional requirement for a fuller, more even hairline and crown, to the new facial hair enhancements such as beard transplants and eyebrow transplants – the notion of supplementing what nature provided has become a relatively commonplace and socially acceptable option for people from all walks of life.
However, it’s still perfectly understandable for some people to prefer to keep their hair transplant choices private. It’s human nature to want to appear naturally attractive and confident. Some people choose to use hair fibres after FUE, or get a buzz cut after a hair transplant to help the transition look more subtle.
Although the celebrity culture seems happy to share openly the details and behind-the-scenes of their ‘tweakments’, many people might still prefer to keep the details of their hair transplant to themselves.
Whatever the reasons for preferring privacy around any personal enhancements, the current climate of working from home and limited socialising make it an ideal time to get the procedure done. For those favouring discretion, this unusual time of reduced activities is a perfect opportunity to recover in private and take good care of the newly transplanted hair as it begins to take on its permanent and natural-looking end results.
So, whether you choose to share your transplant news with your social circle, or you opt for a more discrete approach, it is certainly possible to enjoy great results that look and feel incredibly natural. When done well – i.e. an appropriate amount of new follicles, carried out by an experienced and competent surgeon at a leading London hair transplant clinic – modern hair transplants can be discrete yet effective enhancements to your image, as well as to your confidence and self-esteem. Your friends and family may notice that you look good, but unless you choose to tell them, they’re unlikely to know that your upgraded new image is the result of a hair transplant procedure.
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