They’re calling the surge in hair transplant procedure requests ‘The Rooney Effect’, and in this case it’s definitely accurate.
Former Liverpool footballer, Didi Hamann has undergone hair restoration surgery after being inspired by the Manchester United player.
Happy to go public
Wayne Rooney famously tweeted confirmation that he had had a hair transplant in 2009. Since then he has spoken openly about his reasons for wanting to deal with his hair loss in this way, and has become an inspiration for many men dealing with thinning hair. This includes the ex-German International Dietmar Hamann who, after a spell in management for Stockport County, is now concentrating on his media work.
“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’, Hamann told The Mirror. “I’m the same. I am happy to go public and make clear that you can really benefit from giving nature a helping hand“.
Explaining the reason he waited to deal with his hair loss, the 41 year old said, “It didn’t bother me too much when I was playing but my career now is in the media and it is important that you look good.”
Boost to receding hairline
Hamann had 4,000 hairs transplanted into his temples and the front of his receding hairline at Manchester’s Crown Clinic. His surgeon, Asim Shahmalak, has also performed similar procedures on Calum Best and TV presenter Martin Roberts.
Hair transplants can take up to 18 months for the results to show properly. Internationally renowned hair restoration expert, and Belgravia’s hair transplant partner, Dr. Bessam Farjo explains, “New hair growth will only break through the skin at three to four months after the procedure. However, it will take at least six to eight months for the new hair to make any significant cosmetic difference to your appearance. Although a full result may take as long as 18 months to be achieved, most will attain this at 12 to 14 months.”
Often the hair will fall out after a transplant as the new hairs bed in, pushing the old ones out as they start to grow through; temporary hair loss following surgery due to a condition called Telogen Effluvium is not uncommon. Even without these issues, sometimes a second procedure – as with Rooney, or even a third – as with Calum Best, can be necessary to get the right amount of coverage.
Given Hamann, who had his operation in May, has a new book – ′The Didi Man: How not to be German′ – coming out next month, so hopefully the timing is right to get his hair photo-ready in time for his promotional work.
Maintaining a hair transplant
Once you’ve spent all that time and money on restoring your hair, you’re going to want to maintain it properly. The most effective way to do this is to follow an on-going male hair loss treatment course – an option which is also open to men who have not had surgery (like Jose, pictured here) but want to address their signs of hair loss.
Topical applications of minoxidil are quick and easy to use, and help stimulate the follicles into promoting regrowth, whilst finasteride 1mg tablets can inhibit DHT which causes the thinning hair associated with male pattern baldness.
Many transplant surgeons recommend men follow these types of treatment courses for at least six months prior to any surgery, in addition to using them as part of an on-going aftercare programme. One bonus of using them before a transplant is that, in addition to ensuring your shedding stabilises and your hair is in optimal condition – you may find you are so impressed with your regrowth results that you no longer need to shell out for the surgery!
If you are concerned about experiencing similar hair loss to Didi Hamann, contact a hair loss specialist who can diagnose your condition, stage and level of shedding, then discuss your options with you.
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.