Between season 1 and season 2 of the office, we see Steve Carell miraculously transform to a full head of hair. While many people thought it was simply makeup, we recently learned the truth. Steve, like 75% of perfectly healthy men and 25% of perfectly healthy women, suffers from balding or thinning. Board certified plastic surgeon, Bernard Cohen, said that Mr. Carell most likely had “hair transplant surgery performed at some time after Season 1.”
To achieve this look, full-sized hairs from the back and sides were surgically transplanted (via tiny skin grafts) to the top areas of the head where the follicles (and hair) were no longer present. Generally 1000-2000 hair containing skin grafts (all microsized) are moved in a 5-6 hour session. The procedure can be performed using a strip of skin divided into tiny pieces each containing 1-2 or 3 hairs. It can be performed using tiny punches – called follicular unit extraction, or performed via robotic surgery.
According to Dr. Cohen, these newly transplanted hairs will grow forever at the rate of .5 inches per month. It may or may not be a coincidence that his career took off almost immediately after his procedure.