Didi Hamann is ‘thrilled’ with his new hair transplant from Crown Clinic after he was inspired to go under the knife by England captain Wayne Rooney.
The Match of the Day pundit, who had 4,000 hairs transplanted into his temples and hairline, said: “It has made a massive a difference.
“It is a such a simple procedure. You are in and out in a day and the results can have such a positive impact on a person’s self-confidence. I am thrilled with the results.”
Didi, 42, sought treatment after he started losing his hair in his mid-30s.
He got help so he would look better on TV.
Ex-Liverpool and Man City midfielder Didi 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.
“It didn’t bother me too much when I was still playing but obviously my career now is in the media and I’m more aware of my appearance and want to look my best. 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 Asim Shahmalak‘s global reputation for surgical excellence. I knew I was in very safe hands.”
Dr Shahmalak regularly treats famous footballers who, unlike Didi, prefer not to go public about their treatment.
He said the surge in popularity for the procedures was down to the ‘Rooney effect’.
Players were bolstering their hairlines to improve their ‘image rights’ and their earnings from sponsors, he explained.
Dr Shahmalak said: “Wayne Rooney totally changed the hair transplant industry. He was brave enough to admit he’d received help with his hair and suddenly lots of ordinary men, particularly younger men like Wayne, thought: ‘I’d like to do that, too.’
“The effect in the football world has been startling. I see famous players all the time who need help with their hair but would rather not go public. “They will seek treatment when they have a long-term injury or in the summer when they are not playing.
“It takes a year for the transplanted hair to fully grow back so they can resume playing without acknowledging that they have had anything done
“But they look younger and fresher and this bolsters their images rights which are so important to a player’s earnings.
“Big brands want to work with players who look great. If a footballer is bald, it can hurt his earnings.”
Ex-German international Didi, who has settled in Cheshire since retiring from football,
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.
He had the operation at Crown Clinic a year ago and he showed off the benefits of the procedure now the new hair has grown back.
Didi added: “I am so glad I had it done. I do get asked by ex-players about having a hair transplant and I tell them that it worked me and they could benefit, too.
“I didn’t realise how thin my hair was getting until all the new hair had grown back after the transplant. It is such a simple procedure. You are in and out.”
Dr Shahmalak is working with several new Premiership players this year and his busiest period for footballers is from the end of May to early July when they are on their summer break.
He said: “This year has been complicated by the European football Championships which run in June and July. Some players are putting off making a decision on a procedure until they know whether they will be playing.”
One question we hear a lot from our patients is if they can go on holiday after their hair transplant. As looking overseas for cut-price transplants has become more popular in recent years, many clinics try to reel in potential patients with the promise of sun, sea and sand straight after their surgery.
However, if you have had an FUE or FUT hair transplant, good aftercare is crucial to ensure that you get the best results from your surgery and, surprisingly, the sun and sea can do more harm than good if you don’t follow the necessary precautions.
Can I sunbathe following a hair transplant?
Unfortunately for any sun-seekers out there, we advise against sunbathing for the first few weeks after a hair transplant, for several reasons.
After an FUE or FUT hair transplant, your scalp will have surgical incisions that need time to heal. Exposing the incisions to sunlight can hinder the healing process and damage the deeper layers of the scalp tissue, potentially leading to scarring and damaged follicles.
Your scalp also may feel slightly numb after your surgery, meaning that if your scalp starts to burn under the sun’s harmful rays, you might not notice in time to protect yourself from sunburn. Although it is unlikely to impact the long-term results of your surgery, it can be painful and slow down the recovery process.
If you must sit in the sun, wear a loose sun hat that doesn’t rub against your scalp too much, and, once the incisions have healed, use sunscreen on your scalp to protect your skin.
Will sweating affect my hair transplant?
If you are planning on jetting off to sunnier climes, the hot weather will also cause you to sweat more. Just after a hair transplant, your scalp is more sensitive than usual, so perspiration can irritate the scalp and hair follicles. Sweating can cause a build-up of bacteria on the skin, potentially leading to infections.
To help keep cool, make sure you stay in the shade whenever possible and avoid any strenuous activities that can lead to increased perspiration, such as running, for around a week after your surgery.
Keeping your scalp clean can lower your risk of infection, so you can start washing your hair again 48 hours after your transplant, using lukewarm water and being careful not to rub your scalp. Steer clear of power showers for the first few days post-surgery, as the pressure of the water can cause irritation.
Can I go swimming after hair transplant surgery?
The first thing many of us want to do on our holidays is to take a dip in the pool, of course, people want to know if you can swim with a hair transplant. However, chlorine is notorious for drying out your hair, making it more brittle and fragile. To avoid any potential damage to your new grafts, wait until your scalp is healed before exposing it to unnecessary chemicals.
Salt water may be healing, but unfortunately, there is no way to be sure how clean the ocean is or what pollutants may be lurking in the water, so swimming in the sea during the healing process is also not advised. Everyone heals at different rates, but for the first two weeks post-surgery, it’s better to be too cautious!
Can I wear a hat after a hair transplant?
After a hair transplant, you need to treat your scalp and the hair carefully, so it is important to avoid any kind of tight-fitting cap until after the grafts have been taken properly. Most would recommend that you wait at least 10 days before wearing any fitted caps or hats.
If being in the sun is unavoidable after your transplant, wear a loose sun hat or fishing hat that won’t rub against your scalp to allow the incisions to heal properly. If you have any concerns, make sure to contact us directly and talk about it when proper aftercare is discussed.
How long should I wait to go on holiday after my hair transplant?
Ultimately, it is at the patient’s discretion if they choose to go on holiday immediately after hair transplant surgery, but many of the indulgences that come with going abroad can potentially compromise the results of your hair transplant.
It may feel like an inconvenience when you would rather be sitting in the sun but following medical advice will give you the best chance to heal. Your new head of hair will be worth it!