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Hair Transplant Close Up: Photos, Videos & Results

Hair transplants are a safe bet for making your hair look fantastic especially if you have ever suffered from female or male pattern hair loss. From afar, nobody can tell your hair transplant isn’t your natural hairline.

In addition to great results, the surgery is also very successful. Worldwide, almost 70% of hair transplant recipients received the look they wanted after just one procedure [1].

Many celebrities also have hair transplants to retain or restore their thinning hair.

Rob Holding before and 20 months after his hair transplant at the Wimpole Clinic
Rob Holding before and 20 months after his hair transplant done at the Wimpole Clinic

However, one question everyone wants to know before considering hair transplant surgery remains: Is it possible to tell you’ve had a hair transplant close up?

In this article, you’ll learn what hair transplants look like up close, and whether they’re visible or noticeable to others if they get a good glimpse of your transplanted hair.

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Is a hair transplant obvious up close?

Hair transplants heal with virtually zero scarring, especially if you opt for Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Needless to say, it’s impossible to tell you’ve had a hair transplant with the naked eye. The only visible sign that you’ve had a hair transplant is a thin horizontal scar on the back or side of the head if you have the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedure. Growing your hair or getting scalp micropigmentation can easily hide this.

Some older types of hair restoration are more obvious when you look closely (or even from a distance). For example, hair plugs often create a doll-like appearance in comparison with more modern methods:

Hair transplant patient with hair plugs, an outdated form of hair transplantation
Patient with hair plugs, an outdated hair restoration method [2]

It’s important to find out which method your clinic will use to restore your hair. In the UK, most hair transplant surgeons use FUE and FUT techniques to create a hairline that looks natural, even up close. Unregulated hair transplant clinics abroad may use older or less sophisticated methods.

Hair transplant close-up photos

The look of your hair transplant will change as it heals. Initially, your hair transplant will be obvious even from a distance. Most patients choose to take a few days off work or wear a hat after a hair transplant to avoid any awkward questions.

But when it’s healed, your hair transplant will look completely natural, even up close. Here’s what you can expect.

Hair grafts close up

This strip of hair has been partially cut into individual hair grafts containing an average of 3-4 hair follicles. The individual grafts are ready to be implanted into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp.

hair grafts up-close

Watch hair transplant surgery close-up

See the FUE hair transplant procedure up close and in action:

Hair transplant close-up: Immediately after surgery

After surgery, your transplant will be a little raw, and may still bleed. Your surgeon will dress your wounds with gauze and bandages to keep your scalp clean, dry, and free from hair transplant infection.

Within a day or so, your hair transplant will start to form hair transplant scabs and crusts:

image of hair transplant close up immediately after surgery

Hair transplant close-up: After 7 days

Around 7 days after your hair transplant you will see redness reduce and grafts will begin to secure in an anchoring process. Pulling the scabs can result in lost graft hair so it is important that you follow your clinics aftercare protocol. We have a guide on how to wash your hair after a hair transplant.

hair transplant after 7 days
Hair transplant after 7 days

Hair transplant close-up: 6 months after surgery

Six months after your hair transplant, it will be impossible to tell you’ve had surgery. You’ll start to get an idea of what your hair will eventually look like around this time. These photos show the results you can expect after 6 months:

before and 6 months after hair transplant
Before and 6 months after hair transplant

Hair transplant close-up: 12-18 months after surgery

A year after your procedure, you’ll start to see your final results:

before and after 800 graft hair transplant procedure
Before hair transplant and 18 months after
Before hair transplant and 18 months after

Close-up hair transplant scarring

Some patients are concerned about hair transplant scars especially if they choose the FUT procedure which can leave a scar that’s visible through closely cropped hair:

FUT hair transplant scars, each one using a different suturing technique
FUT hair transplant scars, each one using a different suturing technique

Double trichophytic closures can minimise FUT scarring (see image D above, compared with non-trichophytic in image A and single trichophytic in images B and C). If you’re worried, ask your surgeon which type of closure they’ll use.

Choose your hair transplant technique

FUE is the best option for those who want to get a hair transplant without anyone knowing. It also has a shorter recovery time than FUT and tends to be slightly less expensive. Learn more about the differences between FUT and FUE so you can decide which transplant type is best for you.

If you’re ready to talk about your hair restoration requirements, book a free consultation at the Wimpole Clinic where we’ll happily answer any questions you would like to ask and advise you on what options are best for you. If you would like to know more about what to ask your hair loss specialist, read our list of questions you really want to ask about hair transplant surgery.

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