Hair Transplants in Celebrities


It’s a recurring theme in movies and TV shows – men who have visibly aged, many to the point of needing facelifts and skin toning Botox therapy, and yet somehow, they’ve retained the flawless hairline of a 17-year old. People who don’t know about hair transplants, or “plugs” as they’re often called by celebs, might be quick to dismiss the ongoing hype about celebrities paying exuberant amounts to avoid the otherwise inevitable fate of baldness.

The quality and convincingness of hair transplants has increased exponentially along with a rising demand for believable hair replacement services. So just how many male celebrities have hair transplants now, and how common might this procedure be ten years from now?

Confidentiality Clauses and Ever-Growing Portfolios are Hard to Turn Down

There’s no shortage of before and after pictures of famous men who suddenly have full heads of hair after suffering from severe thinning. In fact, bloggers have compiled entire lists of these people who have managed to not only replace their hair but continue on about their careers as if they were never losing it to begin with. The ability to utilise such a service successfully even as a high-profile individual relies upon the confidentiality agreement that all clinics operate by.

Basically, a man never has to worry about his hair replacement provider telling the whole world that he’s got plugs, so people can speculate all they want, but they can never prove it. The fact that celebs are getting away with it left and right under the spotlight of Hollywood, without receiving much backlash at all, certainly provides comfort to the ordinary guy who goes in for a hair transplant.

The New Porcelain Veneers?

The consistently satisfactory results that hair transplants are beginning to provide is giving people the confidence to undergo these procedures at an all-time high. The wave is very similar to the emergence of veneers and advanced cosmetic dentistry that has been responsible for many of the perfect white smiles we’ve become accustomed to seeing on celebrities.

It’s an exciting time to think that it’s possible to largely reverse and correct two of the biggest signs of aging – hair loss and dental issues – with highly reliable success rates and in an increasingly affordable and widely available manner. Just think that, by 2040, the act of tolerating male pattern baldness could be the equivalent of not getting braces.  There are even medical developments that have some people wondering whether baldness could soon become a thing of the past.

So What’s the Closest Estimate?

While the aforementioned confidentiality clauses will keep us from ever compiling accurate data on how many celebrities are getting hair transplants, sites like BuzzFeed have compiled lists of 40+ famous men who currently have more hair than they used to. Many openly admit to having transplants and state that they’re thrilled with the decision. For example, there’s footballer Wayne Rooney who got a hair transplant at Harley Street Hair Clinic in June 2013. He openly admitted to the procedure on social media and has expressed his delight with the result.

Bald vs Hair Transplants: Is There Really a Question?

Once hair loss has progressed to the point of complete baldness on the top of the head, getting a hair transplant begins to look like the only long-term solution worth considering. Even celebrities who remain in the public eye are willing to opt for a hair transplant when faced with the alternative of having to permanently sport a bald head for the rest of their lives. Is this more to do with conforming to the social norm or more about a lack of confidence?

Planning Elderly Mischief

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When it comes to looking after the older members of our societies, Italy has it just right. Rather than being seen as an encumbrance, older members of the family are revered for their years of work, sacrifice and knowledge. In many areas around the world merging households with parents and other older relatives is something that happens often; I like this. We should cherish our elders, after all, without them there would be no us.

Roy and I were discussing our retirement plans the other day. We have a fair few years to go unless we win the lottery however these things should be planned or at least considered in advance. We talked about pensions, where we would live and so on. What this conversation did bring up was doubt about what social and entertainment facilities and opportunities are available for the elderly (we may have gone off topic a little by this point).

If you think about your local area, what is in place to entertain you or your family in their twilight years?

Retirement and Elderly Stage Fun

Personally, I’d like to volunteer when I retire. There are some fabulous organisations locally who offer befriending opportunities for those with a few hours spare to spend on something fulfilling for all involved. The idea of this appeals to me.

Our local library is entirely volunteer-run after the council withdrew a couple of years ago. Forty willing volunteers work to a rota to keep this valuable resource open for all and they have to fundraise tirelessly in order to pay for the library overheads. Once I’ve retired I’d very much like to take a volunteer place here.

What about when I’m a little older and perhaps don’t want to volunteer or visit regularly? How will I occupy my time and what will keep me busy and out of trouble? There are a number of factors to consider here. Transport is going to be a big thing for me. I don’t drive now and never have. I can navigate public transport fairly easily in order to get where I need to go. Will I want to walk to the train station or a long way to the nearest bus stop when a little older though? Bus services are being cut left, right and centre and the cost of rail travel is rising fast. I’m doubtful whether I’ll want to spend so much of my pension on travel alone.

Again, there are numerous sporting activities, befriending groups and social activities organised in our lovely rural town of Thirsk but what about elsewhere?

The more we discussed our plans, the more we realised that as a society we need to look at the way the elderly are treated in terms of community events, access, transport, affordability and more. I have grand plans for mischief and mayhem when older however I don’t want to work too hard to find ways to enjoy myself. Maybe we’ll move to Italy…

In Summary

I don’t think that hitting a certain age means you can no longer go to the cinema or means you are no longer able to be active, far from it! Did you know for example that over 25% of over 60s have watched Game of Thrones. That’s pretty hardcore viewing. Our elders don’t suddenly ditch fun and frolics for custard creams and comfy slippers. That’s a very inaccurate stereotypical view. What I would like to see more of, and now, are more opportunities for the elderly, more ways to get out and about, or enjoy time at home without too big a pinch on the purse. My concern is that after a certain age too many individuals who still have so much to offer are being put out to pasture.

What do you think? How do you see yourself enjoying your later years and what obstacles do you think might get in your way?

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