It’s no secret that Jimmy Carr has had a hair transplant. He isn’t the first celebrity to undergo this procedure, with David Beckham’s hair transplant and Elon Musk’s FUT transplant coming first. But like Wimpole Clinic hair transplant patient Rob Holding, Jimmy Carr has been open and honest about his experience with hair loss.
Carr has said he thought he resembled a ‘snooker-playing vampire’. The ‘vampire’ appearance is often connected to a widow’s peak, however this is different to a receding hairline, which is what he was actually experiencing.
He expressed how his low mood in lockdown led to boredom and a wish to reclaim a more youthful appearance. Due to an uneven hairline, Carr decided it was time to redistribute the placement of his hair. Of course, Carr isn’t alone in his hair loss, as 80% of men will likely experience male pattern baldness in their lifetime . Female pattern baldness affects up to 50% of women .
Jimmy revealed that he’d had the hair transplant during an interview in June 2020, where he stated that he’d undergone surgery in early 2020. Within the space of 6 months, he was able to proudly reveal his new hair growth, alongside shiny new veneers and botox. The comedian seemed to feel positive about his hair transplant, with other stars even commenting on his youthful looks.
In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Jimmy Carr hair transplant.
Jimmy Carr’s Hair Timeline
During Carr’s Distraction and 8 Out of 10 Cats days, we can see the beginning of a receding hairline. This is very common; 25% of men begin to experience some form of hair loss by the age of 21 . The photo below shows Jimmy in 2015, where we can see a definitive amount of hair loss at his temples. This commonly occurs due to hormones such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which plays a significant role in the development of the receding hairline .
When assessing hair loss, professionals use the Norwood Scale for men, and the Ludwig Scale for women; this tells us the stage that someone is at in their hair loss. The photo above shows Jimmy at a stage 2-3 on the Norwood Scale.
Jimmy Carr’s hair in 2019
In 2019, Jimmy Carr was rushed off his feet after releasing a DVD and a TV show. During this year, his hair had reached a definitive 3 on the Norwood Scale. The comedian’s hair had now receded into the ‘M’ shaped hairline, with the hair at the tip of his crown in a triangular shape. This type of hair loss is common in ageing men, as well as men who have genetically inherited the hairline.
As this was the year before his hair transplant, the progress of his hair loss in this year was most likely what prompted his decision to embrace hair restoration.
Jimmy Carr hair transplant: 2020-2022
When Carr revealed that he’d had a hair transplant in early 2020, his head had been shaved for the transplant, and the newly planted hair grafts were beginning to grow. A year down the line, his new hair growth had come through perfectly, giving him a significantly more youthful look. In the first picture, we can see the difference in his hairline compared to the years before, as it looks a lot more straight whilst still appearing natural.
In 2021-2022, he decided to capture a completely new style for his blooming new hair, as he grew it out and dyed it a chestnut-brown. There is no doubt that Carr’s transplant looks fantastic, and we hope that he feels as good as it looks.
What type of hair transplant did Jimmy Carr have?
Jimmy Carr was open about the fact that he’d had an FUE transplant, which is a more modern, and less invasive hair restoration procedure. For this reason, it isn’t surprising that in 2021, the ISHRS reported that ¾ patients opted for an FUE transplant, since it has significant benefits over other procedures [5-6]. Looking at celebrity hair transplants before and after, we can see the natural results of the FUE procedure, which shows us why people continue to opt for this particular treatment. See Steve Carell’s hair transplant for similar FUE results.
The FUE process involves using a micro-punch to remove individual hair follicles from the donor area, transplanting them into the affected area. The punch is usually around 0.6-0.8mm in diameter, and does not leave noticeable scarring; this also means that you can wear your hair in any style, cropped or long, without visible hair transplant scars. The procedure has a reduced recovery time compared to FUT (which takes longer to heal and produces scarring) and a quicker growth time, meaning it is perfect for someone like Jimmy Carr, who is often in the spotlight.
How many hair grafts did Jimmy Carr need?
A graft is a tiny cluster of hair follicles, which is extracted from the donor area of the scalp in order to be transplanted to the affected area. A graft most often consists of 2-5 healthy follicles (follicular units). During an FUE transplant, the grafts are retrieved with a micropunch, whereas during an FUT transplant, a strip of skin is removed from the donor area, which is then divided into individual hair grafts.
Though it hasn’t been revealed exactly how many hair grafts were needed for Jimmy Carr’s hair transplant, we can make an educated guess by using the Norwood Scale.
Jimmy Carr’s hair loss sat at stage 3 on the scale. The number of grafts needed for this hair loss stage is usually around 1000-1500 grafts. Depending on where his transplant was performed, the average cost for a 1500 graft FUE transplant would stand at around £4,875. Our UK hair transplant cost analysis will help you avoid shady clinics and get the right price for your procedure.
Thinking of starting your own hair restoration journey?
If you’re worried that you’re experiencing hair loss, or if hair loss is having a negative impact on your life, you should consult a doctor before making any decisions. Once any possible underlying issues have been ruled out, we can help you to begin your hair restoration journey.
The Wimpole Clinic has been providing expert hair restoration services for over 45 years, giving our patients the confidence they deserve, and bringing light to hair loss.
If you’re unsure about where to begin, start with our hair transplant reviews to see how we’ve helped many other patients restore their hair. When you’re ready, book your free consultation with our trichology team to get started.
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