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Hair Transplants for Men

Wayne Rooney casually tweeted recently that he'd had a hair transplant. He had claimed that it was because he was going bald at the age of twenty five, which was clearly too early in his opinion.

But it's not just the likes of wealthy footballers like Rooney that make the decision to have a hair transplant, there is a growing list of male celebrities that seem happy to admit to having a hair transplant or some other kind of hair restoration procedure carried out.

The way in which Rooney announced his hair transplant procedure has caused a bit of a stir and illustrates a distinct shift in the nature of masculinity today. Just a short while ago, your average man would never dream of admitting to having a hair transplant. People in the limelight whose off guard moments have shown they are thinning on top have made many excuses for their apparent hair loss. A favourite was excuses like they had their hair styles that way for a part in a film or that they had experienced an adverse reaction to some medication. Today however, there seems to be much less shame about men caring about the way they look. In fact, there appears to be an entire army of men who will readily admit to manicures, pedicures and moisturising their skin on a regular basis. There is a relatively new word to describe these men, the Metrosexual.

The Metrosexual Man

Metrosexual is simply a term to describe the modern man who looks after his appearance. The word is a contraction of metropolitan and heterosexual. The Metrosexual man is particularly meticulous about his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of time preening in front of the mirror and a fair amount of money on shopping for the latest fashions and fragrances. Although the term is partly derived from heterosexual, the term can include homosexual and bisexual men also.

Men no longer have to accept hair loss

Before hair transplants and other procedures were available, men had to accept baldness as a fact of life. Men now have a whole list of options to choose from when their crowning glory begins to go south. As well as hair transplants there are laser therapy combs, which stimulate hair growth to bring the hair follicles back to life. There are also concealer sprays like X-tra Hair, that can be sprayed onto thinning hair to disguise the area. The spray acts like millions of fibres that adhere to your existing hair, giving a fuller, thicker look. Another treatment that has hit the hair market more recently and is intended for completely bald men is the tattooing treatment that creates the effect of scalp stubble.

Although there are many options available to tackle hair loss, since Wayne Rooneys procedure, we have seen a massive increase in inquiries about hair transplants. Celebrities like him have brought hair transplants into the limelight and taken away an awful lot of the stigma that used to surround them.

There is a huge market today for hair restoration. Eight million men in Britain suffer from hair loss, with 40 per cent of men under the age of 35 already starting to go thin on top. AYou don't have to be a leading psychologist to know that men stress more about losing their hair than they do about finding a long term partner or bad finances. Hair loss has always been associated with getting older, and thewhen we get older we experience a loss of strength and power. In other words, a man who is losing his hair may well feel less of a man because of it.

The hair transplant procedure is relatively straightforward. The preferred hair transplant technique is follicular unit extraction (FUE). This is a treatment that involves hairs from the back or side of the head being removed and implanted into the bald spots. Because the donor hair from these areas is resistant to the effects of the hormone that triggers male-pattern baldness, it has a better chance of remaining once transplanted.

Follicular unit extraction has several advantages over other hair transplant techniques. The procedure is simpler, less painful, minimally invasive and there are no stitches or scarring, which is vital if you don't want long hair. Since hairs are transplanted into the same slots that contained previous shafts, there's a better chance of success and it also looks more natural.

The hair transplant procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and usually takes about eight hours. The recovery rate is quite fast and the majority of scalps have healed in about ten days. After approximately ten months, about 90 per cent of the transplanted hairs will have taken. We have many clients who have had a hair transplant that have stated that the results are nothing short of life changing.

With hair restoration and hair transplants no longer being a procedure to hide away like a dirty secret, there is no reason why you shouldn't find out more. After all, there is nothing wrong with a man wanting to look good to others or himself, remember that women have been doing it for years.

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