Will FUE Hair Transplants look fake? Will they look like hair plugs? Worried about people making fun of!

we can all admit that hair plugs look pretty obvious! Is the beauty of FUE hair transplants that results are more subtle? Will people even be able to tell?

Doctor Answers 6

How FUE Grafts will look

If an FUE procedure is done correctly, using individual follicular units and the placement is correct (single unit follicles in the hairline, etc) then nobody should be able to tell you had the procedure done. The same is true with the FUT/strip procedure.  Both procedures, if done correctly will show natural results.


Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

FUE Hair Transplants Look Completely Natural

All hair transplants using follicular units will look completely natural, provided that the physician utilizes the appropriate surgical and aesthetic skills. This applies to both FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).

In both FUE and FUT, the physician harvests hair follicles in their natural groupings (called follicular units). The small size of these units gives doctors the versatility to create hair patterns that closely mimic nature. Although using follicular units will ensure that individual grafts will look natural, the look of the overall restoration depends on the physician’s judgment in determining the angle, direction, and distribution of the implanted grafts, as these factors govern the overall aesthetic aspects of the hair transplant.

Robert M. Bernstein, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Pick the right doctor

Not all doctors will produce the best results
This is true even if they are using ARTAS, Neograft, and all types of FUE or FUT surgical methods.
In the wrong hands, you will get bad results.

Some patients go bargain hunting for the cheapest surgery.
Some patients go reputation hunting for the best doctor.

Best reputable doctors may not be the cheapest but they consistently produce the best results.
Cheapest doctors may produce good results but you gotta wonder why they are so cheap.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Will FUE transplants look fake

The perfect hair transplant is done with what is called Follicular Unit Transplants and uses exclusively follicular units in their natural growing state as found in the back of the head. Only artificially large grafts will look fake. I have monthly Open House events at our office and up to 10 patients come to the office to be examined by prospective patients and no one has ever detected a hair transplant from a person who did not lose their hair. A typical example of one of our patients that got considerable attention is in the web link below

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

FUE Transplant Results

FUE hair transplant is a technique of harvesting hair follicular units individually from the donor area.  The outcome of a hair transplant should not have to do with the technique of harvesting hair (strip vs. FUE) and if a FUE hair transplant is done properly the results should be completely undetectable from a natural full head of hair. 

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Is hair restoration surgery noticeable?

Modern hair restoration surgery is far advanced from the "doll's hair" appearing "hair plugs" of the past.  With both the FUE and FUT techniques, one, two, three, or four UNIT hairs are isolated and individually inserted into the recipient sites.  They are placed in such a way that the results are natural appearing and certainly not big obvious plugs.  While you will have some crusting at the recipient site for some time post-op, after that, you'd be hard pressed to find signs of the procedure.  The transplanted hairs typically fall out and start to re-grow around 4 months later.  So, aside from hairs that are in different stages of growth and length, it's not a huge red flag.  Visit with a facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist that does hair transplanting for more information in person.  I wish you well!

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

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