Increasing numbers of men are turning to hair transplants in a bid to beat baldness with the number of operations carried out increasing almost five-fold in five years.
It is thought the increasing popularity is due to celebrities making it more acceptable to undergo the surgery – which typically costs £3,000 – to beat hair loss.
Actor James Nesbitt and comedian Rob Brydon have both been spotted with thicker thatches this year promping rumours they’ve undergone treatment.
New figures released by leading hair transplant provider, The Hospital Group, show a 444 per cent growth in treatment between 2004 and 2009.
During the first nine months of this year 1,166 hair restoration procedures were performed.
The cosmetic surgery group, which carries out more hair transplants than any other British clinic, also saw the amount of treatments for women rise by 300 per cent over the five year period.
Dr Peter Williams, of The Hospital Group, said: “There seem to be more younger people losing their hair these days. It has also become more of an issue when men and women suffer from hair loss.
“Both men and women can be left feeling frustrated about losing their hair.For women, it can be very embarrassing, with stress causing patches to fall out.
“For men, it is more likely to be hereditary and something they feel they can’t change. The effects of hair loss can cause irritation, anxiety of even suicidal depression.
“Hair transplants have become more acceptable because celebrities have no problem with talking about it. The technology has gradually improved and the results are a lot more natural.
“Both men and women have come around to thinking about the alternatives to hair loss and they are now willing to do something about it.”
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