In 2013, more than 15,000 hair transplants were performed in the US, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It’s no surprise that some of those hair restoration surgeries were performed on the rich and famous. A number of male celebrities, including actors, musicians, and even a celebrity chef have had the procedure performed, often with great results. While some celebrities are happy to admit that they’ve had a hair transplant, others wish that the rest of the world didn’t know about it.
You might look at chef Gordon Ramsay’s head of blond hair and wonder why he needed a transplant. Although signs of thinning weren’t very evident on his head yet, he apparently had a transplant performed at the end of 2010. His transplant was preventative – he had it performed so that he wouldn’t have to worry about his hair looking thin or about bald spots being visible when he filmed his many television shows.
Although the world soon found out about Ramsay’s surgery, he wasn’t very happy that the word got out. He apparently sued a newspaper editor for publishing the photographs of him after the transplant. According to Ramsay, the editor got the photos from Ramsay’s father-in-law and former business partner.
While Ramsay didn’t want the world to know about his hair restoration, Elton John was much more up front about it. In the 1970s and early 1980s, John’s male pattern baldness was pretty evident. Today, he has a full head of hair. He admitted to the surgery, possibly because he had it performed decades ago, when it wasn’t as common as it is today. Interestingly enough, it’s possible that John’s hair transplant was performed at the same time or right after he went to rehab to recover from an addiction to cocaine and alcohol. The hair transplant represented a new lease on life for the singer-songwriter.
Former Backstreet Boy AJ McLean is another celebrity who’s been upfront about his hair transplant. Although only in his 30s, the singer was starting to lose his hair. He had the surgery performed in 2013 and decided to share the results with the world, by posting before and after photographs on Instagram.
Monty Python’s John Cleese also willingly admitted to having a hair transplant, back in 2008. The British comedian, who also had a hip transplant for entirely different reasons, was pretty forthright about his reasons for getting the surgery. He described his head as oddly shaped and stated that he didn’t like to wear wigs.
It can be helpful to have actors be upfront about their concerns about hair loss and the decisions they’ve made to fight against. For example, Irish actor James Nesbitt, who’s appeared in the movie version of The Hobbit, has been open about his reasons for getting a transplant several years ago. The actor described himself as nearly obsessed with worrying about losing his hair and fearful about baldness. Several years after his hair restoration procedures, any signs of male pattern baldness on his head are gone.
Hair restoration isn’t just for celebrities. If you are dealing with hair loss, a transplant can restore your hair and your confidence. You might not land a role in a big movie, but you will feel happier with your hair. To find out more about the procedure in the Virginia Beach area, contact Dr. Kyle Choe at the Choe Center for Hair Restoration. Call (757) 389-5850 for a consultation today.