I found this homemade video series of a gentleman named Angus who underwent a hair transplant procedure earlier this year. He has helpful videos from every step of the process. So if you’re curious about what a hair transplant entails, check them out.
In this article, I’m going to be making comments and observations about the procedure. These are not mean-spirited criticisms of Angus or his decision. I’m simply pointing out aspects of the procedure that you should pay attention to, then determine for yourself if they’re reasonable and appealing.
The First 7 Days
This procedure, rather ironically, begins with shaving your head. Over the next 4.5 hours, the doctor takes thousands of “grafts” (in this case it was 3,800) and peppers them around the bald/thinning scalp.
The bloody scabs you see on Angus’ scalp are where the hairs have been removed, then used as grafts that get placed across the top of his head.
Important note: The number of grafts doesn’t equal number of hairs. According to cosmetic surgeons, the best looking hair transplants achieve maximum hairs per square centimeter. Sometimes less grafts with a higher number of hairs in them (3-4 hairs per graft compared to 1-2 hairs per graft) leads to a more desirable outcome.
The doctor then covers the scalp with gauze, and schedules your return for the next day to clean the wounds and apply fresh bandages. In this case, Angus was given two prescriptions – an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever – which means that to some degree this procedure in painful.
My question here involves scarring. Are these “wounds” that scar, or are they merely hair follicles that seal up without any visible damage? In other words, if a man decides to shave his head several years after this procedure, are any of these tiny holes still visible?
The image on the left is from the day of the procedure. The image on the right is from day-2
Would you subject your scalp to this process? I have never been sheepish around the sight of blood, but this visual is an unappealing deterrent.
Here’s a hat the doctor gave Angus to hide these scabs… Not only does he have to deal with the pain and discomfort of the surgery, but he also has to serve as an advertisement for the clinic if he wants to leave the hotel.
In subsequent videos, Angus shares additional videos with pictures at various intervals. 3 weeks, 1 month, 6 weeks, 2 months, etc. Check out his channel if you’d like to watch the progression more closely.
In the interest of time, I jumped ahead to show you his week-10 update.
10 Weeks Post-Transplant
I’ve always felt that being bald is easy; balding is hard. What I find curious about this hair transplant procedure is that it seems to accentuate the balding stage of hair loss — that horrible period when your hairline is visibly receding, and hairs look thin and stringy.
I can’t help but think how much I hated seeing my head during this stage of hair loss. This is when I got the most frequent balding jokes. Why would I pay thousands of dollars to look like that again?
Maybe it’s temporary? Perhaps this stage is more manageable if you stayed indoors, worked from home, and purposely didn’t socialize for several months. For me, however, this would be a dealbreaker.
Let’s find out how the process unfolds over the next six months.
8 Months Post-Transplant
Here’s the most recent video of his progress. Personally, I think he looked best on the very first day after the doctor shaved his head.
Here are two before and after photos. Would you pay $6,500 for this result?
You might notice that Angus chose to dye his hair in order to make the transplanted portion look thicker. I would have liked to see how it looked with his natural hair color. I’m also curious about how it looks wet since he had wet hair in the “before” photo.
As an observer of this process — not a criticizer — I see a nice guy who spent a lot of money and nearly a year of his life to have maybe 10-15% more hair.
He’s clearly very happy with it and excited to share the results, so that’s all that matters if you’re willing to undergo a similar experience.
But I have to ask you, the reader:
- What can you achieve in life with this scant amount of hair that you couldn’t achieve with a shaved head?
- Do you believe that people will think more highly of you after this procedure?
- Does your quality of life depend on relocated hairs?
- Is this procedure really going to be what helps you be more confident?
- Would you put yourself through this process?
Think about it, and answer these questions honestly before making the decision to invest so much of your time and energy into the hair transplant process.