The answer to this is ABSOLUTELY when done well it can not be detected as a hair transplant. This is routinely our style. We did hair transplants on my wife and my daughter-in-law and not only where they thrilled but the friends they told have come in to do it also. My wife went to the annual International Society for Hair Transplant Surgeons (ISHRS) this past October where she and 4 other of our patients showed off their hair to about 800 doctor in a walk by meeting hall. The doctors told me personally, that the results were beyond compare. I have been showing off patient since 1993, monthly at our Open House meetings and yearly at the ISHRS meetings. In 1994, I brought 24 patients to Las Vegas to show them to the audience of about 600 doctors. At that time, the standard was ‘pluggy doll’ grafts. When the doctors saw our patients, the world-wide standard changed on the spot. The only way to prove the lack of detectability for a hair transplant is to meet many patients, one on one, and then see if you can tell the patients had a hair transplant. Since this is our standard, we hold monthly open house events where former patient volunteer to come in and show off their hair to people like you.
I remember a funny happening in my office in 1993, when three patients who I had transplanted in 1992, came to see me for followup when they came to their annual meeting. In my waiting room where 5 people, the three former patients, my eldest son with a Gorilla Hairline that reflected is 8 year old hairline and one new patients. When I saw the new patients, he asked me about the deformities of a hair transplant saying “I can see a hair transplant patient from a mile away’. When I asked him more about it, he said “Let me show you an awful hair transplant’ just let’s go to the lobby. Still in our lobby where the remaining 4 people, my son and the three hair transplant patients from a year before. He went directly to the three guys and said: “You guys should not do a hair transplant because you might look freaky like him” (Pointing to my Gorilla Son). That was one of the funniest experiences I ever had but it proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that seeing is believing. Although my website shows 1000 patients with before and after pictures, there is still no substitute for a one-on-one meeting with former hair transplant patients.
This patient came in to see me today as I was writing this post for baldingblog. He is 73 years old and his pictures span a course of over 18 years. Before he started doing this, he felt old looking and wanted to get a young wife. So eventually, after getting the first phase of the hair transplant complete, he got a young wife and started a family. Now 18 years later, at the age of 73, he looks and feels younger. Of course, that is what hair transplantation is about. It makes you feel better about yourself and more confident.