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Guys are you in the mood for some hair transplant disasters? We have some of the worst transplant disasters, coming right up.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the Hairguard YouTube channel. My name is Leon Sylvester, and I’ll be your host in today’s video.
So a lot of viewers in the comments section have been asking if I have had a hair transplant myself. I’m happy to confirm that no, I have never had a hair transplant, nor is it something I would ever consider doing.
Incidentally, I have also not used minoxidil or finasteride, not once, ever. Nor, again, is it something that I would consider doing – I make these videos on natural hair loss treatments for a reason.
Having said that, I have absolutely no issue with men who decide to undergo a hair transplant procedure themselves.
I also respect those who make the difficult decision to go on prescription medications like finasteride, which is why many of the videos we make on this channel are about how to get the most out of these drugs, while minimizing the risk of unwelcome side effects like impotence and gynecomastia.
And with that out of the way, let’s get into it. Worst transplants ever.
Hair plugs. Our first case of hair transplant disasters doesn’t involve a single individual but rather all the men who were not fortunate enough to receive a transplant in the last 30 years or so.
Hair plugs are a throwback to the dark ages of hair transplantation, before the advent of modern day strip excision, and, even more recently, follicular unit extraction or FUE methods. They span a period in time of around 30 years, between the early 1960s to the late 80s/early 90s.
In this primitive by today’s standards procedure, entire patches of skin were removed from the back of the head and transplanted onto the front. Each graft was around 4mm in diameter, which led to a very pluggy, coarse, unnatural appearance.
As you can see in these photos, you basically ended up with round islands of hair surrounded by a sea of bald scalp. Not nice.
I don’t know about you guys, but I would rather be bald as a hard-boiled egg rather than look like this.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Now, with the advent of strip excision in the late 1980s, more formally called Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT, surgeons stopped transplanting entire pieces of scalp containing many clumped hairs.
Instead, technology had reached a point where it was possible to transplant individual follicular units, for a much smoother and natural-looking result.
With today’s technology, and assuming they select a competent clinic, most guys who undergo a hair transplant should be able to get natural looking results, and with far fewer side effects.
*Wayne Rooney. We’ve covered Wayne in previous transplant videos, but, when it comes to a video on transplant disasters, it is simply impossible to leave him out. The former Manchester United star exemplifies what happens when you violate the cardinal rule of hair transplants.
Are you ready for it? Here it is: Don’t get a transplant before your hair loss has stabilized. All the money and the best hair surgeons in the world will be useless if your androgenetic alopecia is still progressing.The only thing you will accomplish is dramatically limit your options further down the line, after your hair loss has stabilized. Cause there is only so much donor hair you can harvest, and only so many transplants you can undergo.
As we’ve covered elsewhere, it is now well understood that, in contrast to the classic scientific principle of “donor dominance”, transplanted hairs are still subject to falling out, even if they are taken from the healthy parts of the scalp, like the occipital area in the rear.
That is why essentially all surgeons today will insist you combine your transplant with maintenance finasteride or minoxidil, especially if you are at a young age, like your 20s or 30s.
Wayne had his first well-publicized transplant in 2011 at the famous clinic on Harley Street in London, at only 26 years of age.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.