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They Did It: 11 Celebrities With A Hair Transplant

They Did It: 11 Celebrities With A Hair Transplant

Medical Director Dr. Hans-Georg Dauer

9 min

June 6, 2022

There's no doubt about it: If you're in the spotlight, you want to feel good in your skin. But feeling good involves much more than just stylish outfits. The hairstyle also has to be right. But what if it isn't?

What if bald patches and receding hairlines are eating away at your self-confidence?

Celebrities know this problem all too well - from footballers to politicians to rock stars. They constantly struggle with their light hair.

Because honestly, who wants to constantly see paparazzi pictures of their hair problems on social media or in the gossip magazines? No wonder that many stars consider only one solution – a hair transplant.

Whether international players, singers or actors – they all conceal their hated bald spots with the help of a hair transplant. And the effort pays off.

The before and after pictures in newspapers and magazines are the best proof. Because where there were unsightly gaps a few months ago, there is now a stunningly full head of hair.

Oh, by the way: not only male celebrities have hair transplants. Female celebrities also gratefully accept hair transplants. Because especially as a woman in the spotlight, dense and thick hair is now indispensable.

Curious about which stars and starlets have had their hair transplanted? Then be sure to stay tuned. We introduce you to 11 celebrities who have harnessed the power of a hair transplant.

Why Does Hair Loss Actually Happen?

If we lose one or two hairs a day, this is far from being hair loss. It is completely normal.

There is reason for concern only when we have to say goodbye to more than 100 hairs a day. In this case, the specialist diagnoses a so-called alopecia. But how is such alopecia actually triggered?

Hereditary hair loss

The number one cause of hair loss is genetics. The blemish is already genetically predetermined. If this is the case, we speak of hereditary hair loss or androgenetic alopecia.

And this hereditary hair loss is not even that rare. On the contrary: almost every 2nd man and every 4th woman is affected.

The impetus for the hair loss are hypersensitive hair roots. They cannot tolerate the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). If they come into contact with it, they fight back. The result: we lose hair.

Experts repeatedly suggest autologous blood treatment as a form of treatment. Just a few milliliters of the patient's own blood are said to revive rusty hair growth. Another option is the hair transplant. Here, the responsible surgeon fills the bald spots on the scalp with strong donor hair.

Circular hair loss

About 2 percent of the population complain of circular hair loss, which is referred to in technical language as alopecia areata. In this case, circular bald patches the size of a coin suddenly appear in the hair of the head and beard.

Experts believe that the cause of this circular hair loss is an autoimmune reaction.

Our body goes to war with itself, so to speak. And in the process, unfortunately, it also fights its healthy hair cells. Unfortunately, there are no promising therapeutic approaches to date.

Hormonal hair loss

Hormones often have a hand in hair loss. It is not without reason that we lose hair especially in hormonal exceptional situations such as during menstruation, menopause or after childbirth.

The reason for hair loss: our hormones are in a state of emergency. They are far from hormonal balance. And the stronger the hormonal imbalance in the body, the faster side effects such as hair loss occur.

The good news is that as soon as the hormones regain their balance, hair growth usually settles down again on its own. If not, the gynecologist prescribes supportive hormone preparations.

Diffuse hair loss

A few hairs less here, a bald spot there, a receding hairline there – sometimes hair loss does what it feels like. A specific pattern is not recognizable. In this case, we are talking about diffuse hair loss.

The causes of diffuse hair loss could hardly be more diverse. They range from deficiency symptoms such as iron deficiency and chronic stress to infections and skin diseases.

The good news is that as soon as we take active steps to combat the cause, such as stress or malnutrition, the hair problem usually resolves itself.

Did you know? Almost everyone has to deal with diffuse hair loss at least once in the course of their life.

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Hair Transplant – How Well Does it Really Work?

Those who have had enough of temporary hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil shampoos and of meticulous diet plans think about a hair transplant.

Rightly so, since it is considered the only permanent solution to alopecia it makes them good candidates for a hair transplant. In the long term, it provides strong and full hair.

But what about naturalness? Doesn't the procedure show? Don't worry, the results of a professionally performed hair transplant procedure are invisible to third parties.

If the grafts are transplanted exactly along the patient's natural hairline at the hairline, they look just like original hair.

Especially on the main hair and with precise hair transplant techniques such as the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) you do not notice any difference from the original.

Is a Hair Transplant Permanent?

The biggest advantage of a hair transplant is its durability. Once the grafts become one with the scalp, they remain firmly anchored in the hair coat. They will not be lost again.

Alopecia preparations with minoxidil are different. They only promote advancements as long as we apply them. If we stop using them, the balding areas resume.

This is how the Hair Transplant Works

One of the most popular transplantation methods is the FUE method, also called FUE hair transplantation. Thanks to its exceptional precision, very natural hair transplant results are possible.

This is a decisive difference to other hair restoration procedures such as the FUT hair transplant (follicular unit transplantation) which is often practiced in clinics in Istanbul or other parts of Turkey.

In the first step of the FUE hair transplant surgery, the physician selects donor hair. Usually, he obtains it from a donor area at the back of the head of the patient. Here, the hair roots are not affected by the hair loss hormone DHT.

After removal, the donor hair is placed in a nutrient solution, where it continues to be supplied with important minerals. Then later the chances of survival are higher.

In the meantime, the surgeon devotes his attention to the recipient area. Using a wafer-thin blade made of steel or sapphire, he exposes tiny channels in the light areas of the scalp. These will later serve as a home for the donor hair.

In the next step, he inserts the individual hair follicles into the channels one by one. The utmost care is required here – especially at the hairline of the main hair. Because only when the follicles move smoothly along the hairline, natural hair transplant results are guaranteed.

Then the hair transplant is finished. However, the patient has to wait a little longer for the final result. Only 9 to 12 months later he can enjoy his full head of hair. Finally, the thinning pieces of hair have disappeared permanently.

By the way: If you are still looking for the right hair transplant clinic in Switzerland, we can recommend HAIR & SKIN.

Whether in Zurich, Lucerne or Basel – our hair transplant surgeons are spread all over the country. They will be happy to assist you with their many years of experience and their extraordinary intuition.

What Does a Hair Transplant Cost?

The price of a hair transplant can never be determined in a general way. It is different for each patient. The reason: everyone needs a different number of grafts for their personal desired result.

But don't worry: we will clarify the financial aspects in a relaxed manner during an initial consultation.

As soon as our experts have a picture of the condition of your hair, they can draw up a cost plan for your hair transplant journey within a very short time. Then you'll know exactly what costs you'll be facing.

Real Talk – 11 Celebrities Who Have Already Had a Hair Transplant

Elon Musk had one, Wayne Rooney had one, and Christian Lindner, too. Here are our top 11 celebrity hair transplants.

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Nati player usually makes headlines with his good humor and stunning updos. But in 2019, another headline made it into the glossy magazines: Xherdan Shaqiri underwent a hair transplant to address his male pattern baldness.

At the renowned Düsseldorf Beauty Doc Dr. Malte Villnow, the Swiss has had his hair splendor polished up.

Wayne Rooney

Even the record scorer of the English national soccer team has to struggle with self-doubt. His bald head is a thorn in his side. So in 2011, the star striker from Liverpool decides to fight back against the baldness with a hair transplant.

Ludovic Magnin

And another former Swiss Nati player has done it – Ludovic Magnin. For a full head of hair, he has donor hair from the back of his haid transplanted.

The result is quite impressive. The thinning hair has been transformed into a visibly stronger and more vital head of hair.

Christian Lindner

Hair transplantation has arrived not only in professional sports, but also in politics. None other than Christian Lindner has had his thinning areas thickened. This makes him the first hair transplant case in German politics to publicly admit to the procedure.

Elton John

Even music legends are not immune to hair loss. Elton John is the best proof. Since his early 30s, the superstar has struggled with thinning hair. At some point he gets tired of it.

His solution: hair transplantation. And the procedure paid off. Since then, Elton John has been just as convincing on stage with his thick mop of hair in addition to his goosebump voice.

Benedikt Höwedes

It goes on with the football world. Benedikt Höwedes also takes the step of hair transplantation.

His impulse: When the German international sees himself playing against the USA at the 2014 World Cup, he is shocked. His hairline has become quite thin in recent years. High time to change something.

Kim Gloss

How about a female celebrity for a change? Kim Gloss also joins the list of famous transplant cases. The German TV starlet just can't get comfortable with her high forehead. She wants a lower hairline. No sooner said than done. After her visit to the transplant expert, her hair is finally back where it belongs.

Elon Musk

The boss of Tesla and SpaceX, and founder of, the precursor to PayPal, is not only known for his wealth. He also makes a name for himself with his full head of hair. But that wasn't always the case.

In the early 2000s, Elon Musk’s hair loss was hard to miss. Understandably, he had the small beauty flaw corrected with a hair transplant. The billionaire is said to have invested 20,000 to 30,000 dollars in hair implants.

But there's no need to panic: Not every hair restoration is as expensive as Elon Musk's hair transplant. At HAIR & SKIN, it's much cheaper.

Christoph Metzelder

And again we dive into the German football world. Christoph Metzelder has also done a little touch-up on his hair. His reason for the eight-hour procedure: baldness doesn't suit him.

Tom Hanks

In Hollywood, the gathering place of the rich and beautiful, hair transplantation naturally enjoys great popularity.

Rumor has it, for example, that Tom Hanks has been helped to battle his male pattern hair loss and regain a full head of hair. However, the movie star does not want to officially confirm the assumption. That remains his little secret.

Gordon Ramsay

Of course, you want to look good at the stove - especially when half the world is watching. So it's no wonder that Gordon Ramsay said "yes" to hair transplantation. After all, the British TV chef is panic-stricken by baldness.

Full Hair For Everyone

Whether Hollywood star, TV chef, professional athlete or normal person – they all have one thing in common. They want to feel good in their skin.

And what better way to do that than with healthy, shiny and strong hair? Thus, hair transplantation is not a privilege for the privileged, but a privilege for everyone.