Wayne Rooney keeps his new follicles protected with a cap as he jets in to sunny Barbados
Better protect your barnet! Wayne Rooney keeps his new follicles protected with a cap as he jets in to sunny Barbados
2:14 AM on 7th June 2011
Protected: Wayne Rooney kept his new hair transplant hidden beneath a cap as he arrived at Barbados airport
Remember the SPF! The hot, sunny climate perhaps isn”t the best place for Wayne to recuperate following the 30,000 procedure
First look: Wayne Rooney tweeted a picture of his head after undergoing a 30,000 hair transplant last week
New man: Wife Coleen tweeted her support of Wayne”s decision
Rest and relaxation: The Rooneys are heading to their lavish holiday home in Barbados
Hair we go: Rooney last week and sporting a fuller head of hair in 2002 (right)
In this procedure, hairs are transplanted from an area ofhealthy growth to the bald patch in groups of one to four hairs.
The first step is FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). A localanaesthetic is injected into the donor area of the scalp to numb it.
Hairfollicles are then plucked out from the donor area by a surgeon using a smallpunch (a type of needle).
As the grafts are extracted, an assistant ispreparing them for their placement using a stereo microscope.
The second step is Follicular Implantation. The surgeon usesa needle to puncture the sites for implanting the grafts, creating micro-holeswith a pre-determined pattern.
The density and angle of the hairs are designedto give a realistic hair pattern. The grafts are then inserted into theseincisions.
The patient is awake through the procedure. Afterwards theyare given a mild steroid to reduce swelling, a painkiller and an antibiotic andtold to avoid touching the area for a while. Redness is supposed to fade aftera couple of days.
A spokesman from The Harley Street Hair Clinic said: “Thistechnique offers a minimally invasive surgical procedure that benefits from ashortened recovery time and reduced risk of complications”
The treatment only works on candidates who have healthy hairgrowth at the back and sides of the head to serve as donor areas.
Top treatment: Wayne Rooney visited the Queen Anne Street Medical Centre