Is It Difficult to Hide Hair Restoration Surgery?

I'm almost 24 and have a receding hairline. I talked to a doctor about it and I should get about 1400 grafts. I don't appear to be losing hair in any other area and the rest of my scalp has thick hair. I'm curious in my case since I have a good amount of hair, is it possible for me to get the surgery and no one be able to tell I had the procedure the day before? I don't want anyone to be able to tell I had the procedure done.

Doctor Answers 15

Healing after Hair Restoration Surgery

Since you have thick hair, your surrounding hair should cover the incision that was made in the back of your hair for the donor hair.  Over time, this incision will heal and leave a thin line of a scar.  An alternative to think about would be to use a follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique that does not leave a linear scar on the posterior scalp.  If you stay with the strip approach, the scar will only be detectable if you decide to shave your head.  Scabbing occurs in the transplanted area approximately 5-6 days after surgery.  You may also have some swelling and bleeding.  You can conceal this with your own hair or by wearing a hat.  It is unlikely that you will be able to conceal hair transplantation surgery a day after the procedure without a hat.  Please remember that you need adequate time to rest after surgery to heal.  I recommend taking 1-2 days off after the procedure to recover.  Good Luck with your surgery!

Pittsburgh Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Hair Restoration Surgery in Secret

You need to be realistic about many things in life and this is one of them.  Today's hair restoration has come along way and can get you the look you are trying to achieve without everyone knowing that you 'had something done', however, it may take a few days for any scabbing to go away.  You may get lucky and be able to comb over some of your hair to help conceal but just know that there may be some scabs a few days afterwards.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Young Hairloss and No evidence of Transplantation!

The strip donor site if done properly will hide nicely the next day. However hairline work may need some creative combing or styling in order to completely camouflage it. We do have some patients like this who do not show evidence of any transplant work after a few days.

Richard Galitz, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Hiding recent hair transplants

The situation you describe should readily be hidden by having hairin grown 2-3 inches in length combed forward. The crusts from a transplant usually are gone in 2 weeks, after which time you might be able to expose the repient area without attracting attention. If you are one of the few patients that develops swelling of the forehead 2-4 days after surgery, all bets are off. Be sure to discuss this with your hair transplant surgeon . Use of corticosteroids usuallys keeps this from happening.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Is It Difficult to Hide Hair Restoration Surgery?

If your hair loss is along the front hairline then it's more obvious tha placing transplants within the hear bearing scalp.  Black and dark brown colored transplanted hairs show more than blonde.  Single follicles are the least obvious, especially if they're placed in a random pattern along the hairline.  Hairs are transplanted shorter than existing hair, so you may be able to cover some of the transplants with longer hairparted and combed over the hairline.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Hat after hair transplant.

Most patients cover the area with a clean loosely fitting hat after a hair transplant in order to disguise the work that was done.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Risky at Best

Particularly with the NeoGraft (FUE) method of hair restoration surgery, your donor sites will be nicely disguised in the long term — but not the next day. This is because FUE requires patients to shave their heads. With the strip method, it's theoretically possible to disguise it because no shaving is required, but you will come out of it with a permanent scar line along the back of your scalp. That said, even the strip method would be risky the next day, because you may well have redness, swelling, scabs at the donor sites, etc. I would consider taking a few days off to avoid this situation.

James N. Romanelli, MD, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

24 and wants a hair transplant

Yes, a hair transplant can be done so no one can tell. We have excellent pictures of this, one of which is in the web reference below

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

If it is a good surgery, no one should be able to tell.

If it is a good surgery, no one should be able to tell.  It is sometimes said that a good hair transplant surgery will be undetectable.  A bad hair transplant surgery will be noticed and you'll regret it for the rest of your life.  The best way to help with a good outcome is to find a good doctor.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 reviews


Yes, it is possible to hide the evidence but not well after just 1 day.   FUE requires shaving the back of the head and thus there will be that along with redness from extraction.  Strip - no shaving back of head but you will get a permanent linear scar.  If you are grafting crown and you have long hair, you can hide the grafts.  Plus, your forehead will probably swell for a couple days. 

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

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