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?