Wayne Rooney was just 23 when he realised he was losing his hair.
He admitted staring at himself in the mirror and thinking: “Bloody
hell, you’re going bald and you’re only a young lad.”
Around a fifth of men in the UK, like Rooney and Prince William, start losing their hair in their 20s.
Few resorted to hair transplants until Rooney took the leap three years ago.
Since then he has had a second transplant and there is a possibility he may need a third.
Some have not been fans of the change.
The bald truth is that Rooney will be facing Bobby Charlton of slapheadedness if he had not gone under the knife.
And his bravery in going public in twice revealing that he’d had Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) techniques at a private clinic sparked a sea-change in the Britain hair transplant industry.
In the last three years there has been a 25% surge in men in the 20s seeking transplants.
And it’s not just men’s hairlines which gets a boost from the procedure – but HER sex life.
Research shows that men like Rooney, Robbie Williams and James Nesbitt who’ve had a transplant have sex once a week MORE than those who stay bald.
The boost to male esteem from the new hair makes men more sexually confident and more sexually active.
Researchers found that men who’ve had hair transplants really do have better sex lives than men who stay bald.
Britain’s leading hair transplant surgeon is Asim Shahmalak from the Crown Clinic.
He has carried procedures on the model-turned actor Calum Best and Christian Jessen from the TV show Embarrassing Bodies, who have both had two hair transplants each costing around £6,000 a time at Crown Clinic.
Dr Shahmalak said: “There is no doubt that Rooney was a game changer for men in their 20s.
“Previously very men that young thought that hair transplants were an option for them – they were seen as the preserve of the middle-aged.
“All that changed after Wayne.
“We saw in surge in ordinary lads in their 20s coming to us who, rather than getting a new car, were using the extra cash to transform their looks.
“They’d been shaving their head to cover up their baldness but were fed up with a permanent crew cut. A hair transplant allows them to go back to wearing their hair longer and styling it in any way they liked.”
Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible?
Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know.
How do body hair transplants work?
Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.
Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp.
The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants.
Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body?
Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury.
What are the results of body hair transplants?
It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon.
To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic.