Dimitar Berbatov’s remarkable hair transformation
Dimitar Berbatov showed off his remarkable hair transformation on TV last week.
The 36-year-old was barely recognisable from his days as a striker for Spurs and Manchester United.
You can see the incredible difference in his hair in the two pictures on this page.
In the picture on the left, taken a few years ago, he Bulgarian international shows that he is suffering from significant male pattern baldness at the front of his scalp and around his temples.
In the second picture on the right - taken last week when Dimitar was appearing as a pundit for the Juventus/Monaco Champions League semi-final on BT Sport - Dimitar has full head of hair, and his hairline is completely in tact.
There is only one explanation - the star has undergone significant hair transplantation to fill in the bald spots on his scalp.
Dimitar will have almost certainly had several FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedures to the front of his scalp.
This is where grafts are removed from the back and sides of the scalp individually and then replanted into the balding areas.
Dimitar will have needed at least two - possibly more - procedures to get such a dramatic result.
He should be congratulated on his choice of surgeon because he has achieved a fantastic result and look years younger - an important consideration for a footballer at the tailend of his playing career like Dimitar who will want to protect his lucrative 'image' rights.
Lots of celebrities have had FUE procedures at Crown Clinic with our surgeon Asim Shahmalak. These include the model Calum Best, Chris Steed from Gogglebox, the football pundit Didi Hamann and Martin Roberts, presenter of Homes Under The Hammer.
Dimitar may have opted for the more tradional method of hair transplantation - FUT (follicular unit transplantation). This is where the donor hair is harvested by removing a strip of skin from the scalp - the grafts are then extracted using a microscope and then replanted in the balding areas in a similar way to FUE.
Hair loss is a continual process and patients can slow down or halt the natural loss of their hair with use of a clinically proven hair loss drug such as Finasteride. At Crown Clinic, we often combine the use of a drug such as this with a hair transplant - in a two-pronged approach to cure male pattern baldness.