Didi Hamann Hair Transplant
Soccer legend Didi Hamann has bolstered his hairline with a transplant at Crown Clinic.
The former Liverpool and Man City star had 4,000 hairs transplanted into his temples and the front of his hairline.
Didi, 41, now a respected pundit on Sky and the BBC, had the procedure with our surgeon Asim Shahmalak because he was keen to look good on TV.
He had the same follicular unit extraction procedure (FUE) as England captain Wayne Rooney.
He said: ''I have always liked Wayne both as a player and as a human. 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.''
Ex-German international Hamann, who has settled in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, since retiring from football, said that he started losing his hair around eight years ago. Male pattern baldness runs in the family and both his brother and his father have lost their hair. He chose Crown Clinic's Dr Shahmalak because of his reputation as one of the world's leading hair transplant surgeons.
He said: ''I started losing it when I was still playing, It happened very gradually and I would notice that I was getting thinner around the temples and the front of my hairline. It didn't bother my too much when I was still playing but obviously my career now is in the media and it is important that you look good. You owe to the viewer to really take care of your appearance.
I have seen how the technology has developed and there are now simple ways you can address the problem and restore your lost hair.
I had also heard about Dr Shahmalak's global reputation for surgical excellence. I knew I was in very safe hands.''
Didi - a member of Liverpool's legendary 2005 Champions League winning team - spent a day at Crown Clinic having 2,300 grafts (around 4,000 individual hairs) moved from the back and sides of his scalp to his temples and the front of his hairline. He had the same FUE procedure as Rooney where individual grafts are harvested one-by-one and moved to the donor area.
The advantage of this method is that there is minimal scarring to the scalp in the donor areas - just a few red dots which go away around a week after the procedure.
Didi had his procedure in May and it will take at least six months for the new transplanted hair to grow back which is we haven't yet got pictures of him after his procedure. We will post fresh pictures of Didi at Christmas when the full benefits of the transplant will be evident.
He said: ''I'm so glad I had it done. We are seeing lots of ex-footballers have similar work and happily talking about it in the media. That has to be good thing. It seemed crazy to me that the technology now exists to really help if you facing baldness, so why not make use of it? .'A few of my old team-mates from football are thinking of having hair transplants, My advice to them is, 'Go for it - what have you got to lose?'''
Midfielder Hamann was a big favourite with fans at Liverpool, Man City and Newcastle United. He loves his new life in the UK and shows just how British he has become by joking that he is getting 'his barnet done'.
Dr Shahmalak said he had been approached by some of the biggest names in football about having hair transplants.
He said:''You hear about footballers earning millions of pounds through their 'image rights.' An important part of that image is having great looking hair, so it is no surprise that increasing numbers of big names are following Wayne Rooney's lead in having a hair transplant. It was an honour working with Didi who is a lovely man and one of the legends of the game.
'We love working with the world's top sports stars at Crown Clinic.''