Androgenetic alopecia is the root cause of hair loss in men, but thanks to advances in hair loss remedies it can be treated. FUE hair transplants are becoming the new go-to hair loss treatment for many men, made popular by high-profile footballers who have undergone the surgery to alleviate the pressure to maintain a youthful appearance.
FUE hair transplants and football stars
Male pattern baldness affects around 30% of the UK population of white men under the age of 30, and it can be a big blow to male confidence. This is especially the case with professional footballers whose high net worth is largely dependent on advertising and sponsorships deals which involve plenty of publicity.
With the nature of the football game and the global fame that comes with it, it is only normal for a footballer to experience feelings of self-consciousness if they suffer baldness or hair thinning. With all eyes on them now more and more games are televised, the beautiful game typically features overhead shots in high definition, which can easily magnify any hair loss to spectators.
While there are various paths to the treatment of baldness, follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery offers a higher success rate than traditional alternatives such as herbal medicine, nanofibre sprays and restorative shampoos, helping professional players and individuals worldwide regain their self-confidence.
Footballers who have had FUE
Football stars such as Wayne Rooney and Didi Hamann are two of the most renowned players who have undergone FUE hair transplant surgery to successfully thwart premature hair loss. At the same time, the publicity from their experiences has only improved the general acceptance and understanding of this treatment.
Wayne Rooney underwent hair transplant surgery in 2011 when he was just 25 to correct hair thinning on his forehead. The former England captain has publicly admitted that he purposely elected to have a hair transplant surgery because his baldness made him feel uncomfortable. In addition, he felt his public image was dealt a blow because his hair loss subjected him to unfavourable comparisons with the likes of Bobby Charlton.
Rooney’s former teammate at Manchester United Football club, Dimitar Berbatov, has also undergone a successful hair transplant surgery and admits it has been the most satisfying remedy for his hair thinning problem.
To add to the ranks of footballers who have turned around the fate of baldness, Kris Boyd elected to have FUE hair transplant surgery aged 31 in 2015, as has Didi Hamann. After his treatment, Didi publicly expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of his FUE hair transplant, acknowledging that the treatment boosted his self-confidence as he now looks better on TV than ever before.