They have transformed the appearance of men

They have transformed the appearance of men

They have transformed the appearance of men around the world.

From Wayne Rooney to Gordon Ramsay, thousands of men now undergo a hair transplant each year in a bid to get thicker locks.

The process can be painstaking – and often involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from an area at the back of the patient’s head where the hair is usually plentiful.

Hair transplants often involve removing healthy hair follicles from an area at the back of the patient’s head where the hair is usually plentiful. This is then transplanted onto areas where the hair is thinning or receding – usually the crown. But until now, there has been little available for men who are already thinning all over – meaning they are either deemed unsuitable

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Now a new technique is using a mix of head hair and that from other parts of the body – most commonly the chest (pictured) – meaning more men are eligible. Image was taken 10 months after transplant

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This ‘excess’ hair is then transplanted onto areas where the hair is thinning or receding – usually the crown – a technique known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

But until now, there has been little available for men who are already thinning all over – meaning they are either deemed unsuitable or the transplant is barely effective. 

Now a new technique is using a mix of head hair and that from other parts of the body – most commonly the chest.

Calum Best and Wayne Rooney have famously spent thousands in their quests to get the perfect head of hair

‘The final result would be unnatural looking and undesirable – so in every instance we would want to keep hair used from the chest to a minimum.’

As a result, a patient always needs to be able to ‘donate’ some hair from the back of their head to the area requiring the transplant, said Dr Kouremada-Zioga, who works at The Private Clinic in Harley Street. ‘But on instances where this hair at the back is thinning, using body hair for part of the treatment may be a viable option for some patients.

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