It’s that time of year again. The football season 2017/18 has kicked off and, with it, an influx of tweets to @belgraviacentre about players’ hair loss.
From those who appear to have started losing their hair over the summer break, to others who seem to have started the new season with more hair than before. Social media users seem keen to find out if we’ve been giving their favourite footballers a helping hand with their male pattern baldness – or if we want to!
Which footballers are Belgravia Centre clients?
Belgravia keeps its client list – both famous clients and non-famous – highly confidential. That doesn’t stop people from asking if certain celebrities, especially footballers and football managers, are clients of Belgravia’s hair loss clinics. Despite it being only one weekend into the Premiership season, Belgravia has already been linked to Pep Guardiola, Slaven Bilic, David Silva, Gianfranco Zola and Antonio Conte.
In truth, you are unlikely to be able to tell which footballers are Belgravia Centre clients – unless, of course, they decide to talk about it openly. This is what Hartlepool United captain, Carl Magnay, did during a Q&A session on the club’s Twitter account. When asked if he would prefer his National League side got automatic promotion or had a play-off final with a good cup run, the former Chelsea FC player answered, “Automatic, no doubt. I have done Wembley in last 2 seasons I played in this league. But it’s stressful and I had to join @BelgraviaCentre!!” Continues below….
By using specially-tailored, personalised male hair loss treatment courses, it is possible for a man’s thinning hair to remain a closely guarded secret between him and his Treatment Advisor, especially when used from the first signs of hair loss. By catching male pattern baldness early on, it is often possible to stabilse hair fall, promote regrowth and use clinically-proven treatments to help with preventing baldness moving forwards.
Belgravia’s approach of selecting the optimum formulation of high strength minoxidil, pairing it with the daily tablet finasteride 1mg where appropriate, then adding in recommended hair growth boosters, has provided many success stories. It is also a quick, convenient and private way to deal with hair loss without drawing attention to the issue.
Close season hair transplant trend
One of the hair loss – or in this case, hair growth – rumours centred around West Ham United manager, Slaven Bilic. Accused on Twitter of having ‘done a Belgravia Centre’, the Croat is most likely simply seeing the results of the hair transplant he is rumoured to have had in summer 2016.
As many football fans know, the June/July holiday period has become the time when professional footballers with hair loss tend to undergo hair transplant surgery. Previous players who have openly confirmed, or been rumoured to have had close season hair transplants include Wayne Rooney, Anthony Stokes, Leigh Griffiths and Cesc Fabregas.
The spell away from training and the eyes of the media provides them with a gap in their schedule to undergo hair restoration surgery. However, the tell-tale shaved head look during pre-season can be something of a giveaway.
Eagle-eyed tweeters were quick to point out that Manchester City midfielder, David Silva had not only shaved his head but also sported small red bumps around his hairline. The assumption being that these were the result of a recent hair transplant to fill in his receding hairline. Silva has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours. Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, was quick to relate the 31 year old Spaniard’s aerodynamic new haircut to his excellent starting form. Lineker tweeted: “Didn’t think it was likely but David Silva might be even better as a baldie.”
Hair grafts can take up to 12 months to settle in properly so, if the red bumps Silva is sporting are due to surgery, it may be the end of this season or the beginning of next before results become noticeable. It is important that men deploy an effective hair loss treatment regime following a transplant, in order to maximise hair growth and preserve the surgeon’s handiwork.
The reason for this is that the DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the hormone which causes male pattern hair loss in men with a genetic predisposition, will continue to attack follicles around the new grafts. Without intervention, this means the hairs surrounding the grafts will continue balding. This leaves the risk of developing an unnatural looking ‘island’ of hair where the transplant was carried out, and a ‘sea’ of thinning hairs around it.
In order to prevent this, it is usually recommended that following a treatment course based around minoxidil and finasteride 1mg (which is a DHT-blocker) forms part of the on-going aftercare for transplant patients. Many top surgeons also recommend using this type of course for at least six months prior to the op too. This not only helps to maximise hair growth and minimise hair fall, giving the surgeon a fuller, cleaner area to work with. It also gives the client to see the types of hair growth results they can achieve without surgery so they can decide if the expensive, invasive procedure is actually necessary, given on-going treatment is still considered a necessity in many cases.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.