Thirty-one year old Southampton Olympic diver Peter Waterfield wowed everyone with his flawless dives at the last summer Olympics. His success placed him on the spotlight, and is now dubbed to be the most successful diver in British Olympic history.
But it seems that one can’t have it all, because despite all his achievements and fame, Waterfield is battling an image problem. He is one of thousands affected by hair loss at an early age, pushing him to shave off all of his locks.
After getting rid of all his hair to make the hair loss more pleasing to look at instead of getting those unruly patches, Waterfield decided to undergo a hair transplant surgery. And a surgery he got which cost him £4,000.
He resorted to the invasive procedure because his Cockney accent and shaved head made some people to mistake him for a thug. He wanted to have a softer image which made him consider hair transplant to be a good solution.
The father of two started to experience hair loss when he was only 18, which was also the time when he really got into diving. But he was also told that diving had nothing to do with him losing his locks. But one thing that surely predisposed Peter Waterfield was his strong genetic predisposition. He was even ranked as 5A which indicated that his substantial hair loss is due to his family history of the problem.
The hair loss progressed even more, and for Waterfield, the best way to cover it up was to shave it all off. This was the common measure adapted by most guys who started to have receding hair lines. But what seemed to be a solution only made people intimidated by the way he looked, which was only aggravated by his accent.
To seem more approachable to strangers, the silver medalist sought hair transplant surgery, just like another famous British sports celebrity, Wayne Rooney had.
Peter Waterfield approximately had 4,200 hairs transplanted from the back of his head to the top of his scalp. This was for the purpose of restoring density and a better hairline. And just like Rooney he also had a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) done.
This procedure was a newer approach where the hair grafts are individually removed from the donor site, as opposed to the traditional strip method where a piece of the scalp is removed. FUE is a more tedious procedure and it requires more skill to pull off, but it does provide impressive and scar-free results.
During his procedure done just the previous month, Waterfield had 1,500 grafts transplanted to fill out his hairline. And another 1,000 were fashioned at the top of his scalp to fill out the bald and thinning areas.
It would take almost a year for the final results to be fully appreciated. The transplanted hair grafts would still go through a phase of shedding before it grows back again fuller and thicker. The end results will be definitely worth the wait especially when done by a highly experienced hair surgeon.
Peter expressed his satisfaction with the surgery and said in a statement, “I am so glad that I had it done – I feel so much more confident now. I am really looking forward to being able to grow my hair for the first time since I was a teenaged and present a new image of myself to the world.”
With the 25% increase in the number of men getting a hair transplant in the last five years, it goes to show that it is a viable solution to battling the embarrassing hair loss. With the advancing technology and techniques, the confidence in this procedure is also growing. Many also expressed that the results surely improved their self-esteem as it made them look younger.