Former Liverpool player Didi Hamann has released photographs of himself undergoing a hair transplant and reveals that it was his team mate Wayne Rooney who inspired him to go under the knife to restore his hairline.
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Didi, who played for Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester City, revealed that he started to lose his hair eight years ago while still playing, but it was his newly-established media career that prompted him to investigate hair transplant surgery.
The Wayne Rooney effect
It is Wayne’s openness about his treatment that is thought to be behind the growth in young men seeking out a surgical solution to a receding hairline. He happily tweeted the pictures of both his 2011 and 2013 and many hair transplant clinics reported a significant increase in enquiries, particularly from younger men.
As Hamann said: “I remember thinking when he had his hair done ‘Good for him – he wants to look better and isn’t afraid to tell the world about it. I’m the same. I am happy to go public and make clear that you can really benefit from giving nature a helping hand.”
However, Wayne is not the only sporting star that has admitted to help with their hairline. Cricketers Michael Vaughan and Graham Gooch and football stars such as Ryan Giggs have all publicly confirmed they’ve undergone the procedure. Shane Warne even advertises on behalf of Advanced Hair, the company who carried out his hair transplant.
Hair transplant surgery used to be seen as something you should keep quiet about, so as not to appear vain. Stars would disappear for a few weeks and emerge with a ‘refreshed’ hairline, although the old style plug procedures would mean it was pretty obvious what they’d had done. But, for many young men today, the people they look up to aren’t movie stars or pop singers, but sportsmen who have become modern-day icons. The openness of these football players and cricketers has shown that there are effective hair loss options that are worth exploring.
The FUE method
Didi underwent the FUE method, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. Four thousand hair follicles were transplanted into the temples and hairline during the procedure at a Manchester hair transplant clinic.
Step one: at the consultation, the amount of follicles that the donor site can generate and the area of hair loss will have been assessed. The new hairline will also have been discussed in full. On this basis, your surgeon will draw a rough outline, using a special marker, on the scalp which will help the patient visualise what the can expect.
Step two: the day of treatment is divided into two parts. The first stage is the extraction and before commencing the surgeon will inject the scalp with local anaesthetic to numb the area.
Step three; Thousands of hair follicles are removed, one by one, in a ‘punching’ process. This is usually concentrated on the back and sides of the head where the hair is resistant to further hair loss.
Step four; the hairs that have been extracted are then cut down to the root, so they will not stand out from the patient’s existing hair when transplanted.
Step five; the extracted hair follicles which include root, tissue and the sebaceous gland are then stored, ready for grafting. It’s crucial that the hair follicles is kept moist to prevent it drying out and dying. Typically, the hair follicles is kept on material soaked in saline solution and placed in a special metallic tray.
Step six; implantation that commences – this is a very lengthy, careful process of inserting the follicles one by one into the recipient area. More anaesthetic is injected and thousands of tiny holes are punched into the skin. The surgeon will then use all their skill and artistry to ensure that the result is as natural as possible, ensuring that all follicles are placed to follow the natural pattern of your hair.
Step seven; in the first few days after your procedure the hair follicles need to immediately vascularise which means reattach themselves to the scalp’s blood supply. You’ll be given comprehensive aftercare instructions. You’re prohibited for washing your hair for at least five days and you are given saline solution that you must spray onto the scalp regularly. Antibiotics are also prescribed.
Still not keen on a hair transplant?
Although there has been a surge in young men enquiring about hair transplant surgery since Wayne Rooney went under the knife, many do not go through with the procedure at that time. This can be for a number of reasons, although for most younger men it’s a case of cost, but another factor can be that their hair loss is still ongoing so it may be too early for them to undergo the procedure.
A cosmetic hair loss option much favoured by younger men is scalp micropigmentation of SMP. This creates the impression of a closely-shaved head, a style that is very popular even for those that have a full head of hair. The gallery of Scalp Clinic shows off the results of many satisfied patients, showing the different effects that can be achieved with this truly innovative procedure.