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I'm a Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been featured on Dr. 90210. The info here is my opinion alone and should not be taken as fact or as medical advice. I've not treated any of the celebrities presented here.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Brendan Fraser - Hair Transplants?

Trent at Pink is the New Blog (a native of Michigan and a friend of mine) has a post on Brendan Fraser's recent appearance at a movie premiere. Has he had some hair transplants?

Way back when, plastic surgeons would treat bald areas by moving large amounts of skin (with the hair attached) from one part of the scalp to another. This left unfortunate scars, and is only done sparingly today.
This technique was followed by hair "macro" grafts. This procedure is probably where the term "hair plugs" originated from. Plastic surgeons would transplant hairs from one part of the scalp to another, in groups of maybe 5-10 hairs at a time. While this prevented the large scars of the previous surgeries, it often left people looking like they had "doll hair" with visible plugs.
The newest techniques involve "micro" grafts, where hairs are transplanted one or two hairs at a time. To my knowledge this leaves the most realistic result.

I can't stand doing hair transplantation though, as it is one of the most tedious of all plastic surgeries. We basically cut out a strip of hair from the back of the head and cut out each hair follicle one by one. These hair follicles are placed into small needle holes made in the bald areas. It takes a couple hours, as each hair is placed one at a time. I've heated each time I've done it. I found that whenever I put one hair in, two others would pop back out and fall on the floor. What a pain!

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


Anonymous said...

I know someone who had this done. You cannot even tell. But, the key is that it is best used to fill in thinning areas. It won't really work on places where the hairline has receded since hair won't grow there anymore, anyway. My friend's doctor said that the hairline can be filled in but only at an early stage, not once the hair is completely gone. Plus, as you can see from Brendan's photo, it looks like crap.

Anonymous said...

Lol.... definetly looks as though there had been something done. I would not have noticed it any which way. It just looks like a normal hair line.

Anonymous said...

Anon - hair grafts can be placed at pretty much any stage in the balding process. What makes a difference is how much donor hair they have, and where it is placed. The transplanted follicles will grow where they are placed, no matter how long it has been since the original hair has gone. Hairlines are tricky, since no one wants a straight line, or where it looks like rows in a field. The grafts should be placed at uneven, natural looking intervals.

Hair Replacement said...

I think Hair Transplant isn't what it used to be. Today, a scientific approach has been instituted. The people who are in need of these procedures are given thoughtful care and analysis before they receive their new look.
I know several people who have been a recipient of this new approach and they are happy with results.

Hair transplant said...

I think he will looks great bald. And very funny.)

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The newest techniques involve micro grafts, where hairs are transplanted one or two hairs at a time. To my knowledge this leaves the most realistic result.