How to Tell Apart Fake and Authentic Hair Transplant Photos

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If you are familiar with hair transplant adverts then you know that some companies offer amazing transformations in pictures. From being nearly bald, most of these adverts feature patients with a fuller head of hair that looks totally natural. But are they really?

Unfortunately, some companies use misleading pictures and false testimonies from former “patients” to lure unsuspecting customers in. The truth is that most of these companies are using dated techniques, angle tricks and altered images to promote their otherwise ineffective treatments.

What is a Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant is a surgical procedure that transplants live, individual hair follicles from one part of the body to a balding part of the body. This treatment is meant to treat male pattern baldness, but it can be used to restore thinning eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, chest and pubic hair too. A hair transplant can be used to restore hair back from balding spots that are traumatized by accident. Thanks to advanced technology, hair transplantation offers a natural-looking result. It can mimic the natural state of hair.

How to Tell Apart Real from Fake Hair Transplant Photos

Sometimes what you see is not what you get especially when dealing with an unscrupulous company. The same thing can be said for some hair transplant clinics that use fake photos to attract customers. So how do you know which photos are real and which ones are fake? Consider these tips:

Checking the Image Size

A quick way to tell if a photo has been altered is to check the before and after photo sizes. It’s hard to determine the quality of the after photo if the image itself is too small. If the after photo is too small compared to the before photo, it may have been altered.

Genuine results should feature clear, high-quality images that are large enough for onlookers to see the difference. The images should be shot close up to highlight the results.

Low Res Images

Just like tiny images, blurry and low-resolution pictures make it hard to determine if a hair transplant is indeed authentic or fake. A blurry or low-res photo can distort the real results of the operation. The end result is altered in a way to make it as flattering as possible.


Is the before pic consistent with the after pic or is that just great lighting? Again, some unscrupulous clinics will try to alter the images using great lighting to fool the eyes. If say, the before photo seems to be darker than the after photo or if the quality of the images is duller, then the images may have been altered.

Wet Hair

Some clinics will feature patients with wet hair to make their hair seem less dense. If the clinic features a comparison between a before pic of a patient with wet hair and an after image with dry hair, then the results are not accurate at all.

Natural Results

Check if the hairline appears random and natural looking not straight and doll-like. The placement of the hair follicles on the hairline must feature a soft transition to the denser areas of the hair. The result should be age-appropriate too.  Avoid clinics that feature after images of patients with unnaturally symmetric hairline.


The angle should be consistent between the before and after image. If the angle is different in either image, watch out.

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