Good hair and sports are more synonymous than you might think. If you’ve ever seen Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu in a Head & Shoulders shampoo commercial, or been aware of the media frenzy that surrounds Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback, every time he gets a haircut, you know this to be true. So, what is a well-known sports star to do when he begins to lose his full head of hair? Hair transplantation is one solution that many have turned to.
Much speculation has been made over the past few years about whether famed soccer star David Beckham has or has not has had hair transplant surgery. His always changing hairstyles, from cornrows to buzz cuts, make it difficult to tell, but we do know for certain that fellow soccer player Wayne Rooney, of Manchester United, has. In 2011 Rooney made an announcement on Twitter confirming the procedure and claiming he was “delighted with the result.” This year he returned for an additional treatment to fill in some patches at the back of his head.
Earlier this summer, San Diego fullback Chris Gronkowski also underwent hair restoration, using a new robotics system designed to make the process easier. A machine is used to safely extract hair follicles while increasing the accuracy and pace of the long surgery.
The same Rhode Island surgeon, Dr. Robert Leonard, who performed Gronkowski’s hair restoration also treated the male pattern baldness afflicting Bronco’s receiver Wes Welker. Perhaps Welker’s attitude can be encouragement for more men plagued by hair loss to seek treatment. As he told USA Today, “It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you want to have hair, have hair. I don’t like to sit there and say ‘What are you talking about? I never got my hair done.’ People can notice it without wondering.”
In a world where the truth about celebrity plastic surgery is often kept hidden, it is nice to see well-known sports professionals stepping up to the plate and acknowledging they have experienced hair loss and are doing something about it. This could inspire the thousands of men who having thinning hair, whether due to genetics or injury, to restore their scalp with a procedure that produces natural looking results. Patients who see Dr. Choe not only have a thicker head of hair, but increased confidence of well.
A hair transplant may be in your future. Contact Dr. Choe, board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist, at his Virginia Beach office by calling 757-389-5850 to set up a consultation.