It must be daunting for any man – no matter how good his CV – to walk into the dressing room of a Premier League club and take up the mantle of new manager. As well as a shiny new suit and a head-full of ideas, it seems that ‘avoiding hair loss’ is something that scores highly on the new manager checklist.
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s hair was notably thinning during the twilight of his playing career just over a decade ago, his hair loss to Male Pattern Baldness being extremely common amongst 30-something men – as the Italian was back then.
Now 46, however, he has made something of a miraculous transformation. Currently sporting a full head of rather long hair, he looks every inch the dapper and demanding international football manager.
According to reports on the internet, the former Juventus star’s new-look came about after a visit to a Canadian surgeon for a hair transplant. There is further speculation that this was something of a make-or-break operation, with two previous attempts at restoring the former footballer’s mane having allegedly not worked out.
Most modern hair transplants use one of two different ‘follicular unit’ techniques; one called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), in which individual follicles are removed from a patient’s scalp with a special ‘punch’ and then replanted back in the scalp where they are needed, leaving minimal scarring behind. This technique is most often used to address small areas, such as a receding hairline, for example.
The other option is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) which is likely to be the type of restoration surgery Conte underwent given FUE’s rise in popularity is somewhat recent. More importantly, his thinning on top was quite extensive and FUT is best-suited to larger areas.
What many men don’t realise before they start investigating hair restoration surgery is that maintenance is still needed afterwards. Although a hair transplant can replace some of the thinning hair, it is not necessarily a quick fix as the DHT which caused the initial hair loss will continue to attack the original hairs.
As a result, over the coming years some or most of the hair around the top of the head surrounding the transplanted area could thin out if a hair loss treatment programme containing clinically-proven components is not followed on an on-going basis. The only two currently MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss solutions can be used separately or in combination to inhibit DHT and promote hair growth.
Stress a major trigger
Playing football at a senior level can be extremely stressful, especially when a player senses his playing career is coming to an end, and stress has been noted as an ‘accelerator’ of several hair loss conditions, MPB being one of them. The same is true for managers and life at Chelsea is unlikely to be easy as Conte attempts to turn the club’s fortunes around.
As the Italian coach prepares to take on one of the most stressful jobs in football, he may want to start keeping a closer eye on his hair, or at least consider upping any hair loss treatment regime he may follow to maintain his transplant results. Both the key medications used to treat male hair loss can be used alongside supplementary hair growth supporting products for a fully rounded approach.
Whether you are concerned about thinning hair before or after a hair transplant, a consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist can help to provide personalised advice and recommendations for the most suitable treatments.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.