The 26-year-old Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney was not mum about his hair transplant, particularly in his Twitter account. He had been dealing with the condition for quite a while now, as evidenced by his slowly receding hairline. That is why he sees no reason why he shouldn’t give it a try and in his favor, he found the result to be satisfying.
Hair loss is a condition that affects a lot of men, and at least 20% of these are those who are in their twenties. This is caused by the male hormone testosterone which is turned into a more active form which is DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by a specific enzyme. DHT in the blood is what causes the hair to thin, shrink and excessively shed off.
Photos that can be found on the web of a much younger Rooney in his teens, still showed a good amount of hair. But in recent years, his hairline started to wane changing his facial profile making him look much older than he actually was.
Medical treatment using medications can also be done to relieve the problem, but this takes a considerable amount of time before you actually results. And medications should have to be taken for a lifetime to ensure that the results are maintained.
Surgical hair transplant is one of the popular options, which is known to deliver permanent results at a much faster time. And Rooney found this to be more favorable for him.
What you need to know about hair transplant is that there are two approaches or techniques that can be used. These are the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). And for Wayne Rooney, he found the latter to be a much better option.
To understand these two techniques better let me discuss to you briefly how they are done.
FUT is the traditional hair transplant technique which is known to be a strip method, a way to best describe it invasive nature. It is done by removing a strip of hair at the back of the head, also known as the donor area, to remove the hair grafts that are to be transplanted to the bald spots. This procedure creates a long linear scar at the back of the head which is considered to be a major drawback in this type of technique.
FUE on the other hand was developed to prevent that problem when it comes to aesthetics in FUT. Using a special tool that utilizes a punch technique, the hair grafts are individually removed from the donor site. This eliminates the need for any incisions, stitches and scars.
FUE takes more time to perform therefore it is more expensive. But this should not be an issue for an athlete like Rooney. The faster time for healing also suits his lifestyle allowing him to get back in his game as soon as possible.
Rooney had his FUE hair transplant in the middle part of last year, and today he is sporting a better hair line and hair coverage. Overall he finds the procedure to be a success as he is now happy with the results.