A complete guide to popular mens cosmetic surgery procedures
Hair transplants officially came out of the cosmetic closet the moment Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tweeted about his stint in the surgical suite.
Rooney’s not alone, either (and we don’t just mean Antonio Conte or Calum Best). With 40 per cent of under-35-year-olds already going thin on top, there’s a sizeable market out there for transplants. The Dr Medispa clinic in London and Essex says it carries out around 700 procedures of this kind every year.
Some men embrace baldness – and props to them – but for others thinning hair can negatively affect their self-esteem. A hair transplant can help achieve fuller locks and boost self-confidence.
The procedure Rooney opted for – and the most popular form of transplant – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), is a much less invasive treatment than previous techniques. It involves removing individual hairs from the back or side of the head (or the chest if you’re already too thin on top for hair to be harvested from your bonce) and implanting them elsewhere on your scalp, usually where hairs once grew.
Carried out under local anaesthetic, the procedure takes around eight hours (remember to pack a good book) and costs around £10,000. “FUE is simple, minimally invasive and there are no stitches or obvious scars,” says Dr Raghu Reddy of The Private Clinic of Harley Street.
Since the more hair you’ve lost, the more the procedure is likely to cost, Reddy advises addressing the issue sooner rather than later. If you leave it until you look like Jean-Luc Picard, you’ve probably left it a little too late.
Also bear in mind that one FUE procedure may not permanently solve thinning hair problems. If you are predisposed to male pattern baldness, you will almost certainly have to undergo repeat procedures as often as every couple of years to fend off hair loss; Rooney, for example, has already had at least two treatments that we know of; Conte, three; Best, three.