More Manchester men than ever are following in Wayne Rooney’s footprints and seeking corrective hair loss surgery.
A year on from the United striker’s much-publicised hair transplant, it is apparent that this is increasingly common amongst the male population.
There are currently more than 25 hair loss clinics within the Greater Manchester area.
Set up in 1993, one of the longest-established is the Farjo Medical Centre on Chorlton Street, whose clients include Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne.
“We have a five month waiting list, the number of female patients is growing but still over 85 percent are male,” said founder Dr Bessam Farjo.
“When we started the business, it was just my wife and I. Now we have three doctors and twelve surgical staff and the team continues to grow.”
Treatments vary greatly in approaches and techniques with some procedures being quite invasive; such as scalp reduction which involves removing pieces of bald scalp.
Other procedures include artificial hair implantation, cloning involving the injection of multiplied cells into bald areas of scalp and hair transplants.
“These days there are more treatments available, surgical treatment especially has come a long way over the last ten years, there have been some big advances,” said Dr Andrew Messenger, an expert in male hair loss at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.
An alopecia sufferer from the age of 16, Andrew McCarthy embraced the idea of receiving hair loss treatment, eventually setting up his own clinic, Hair Loss Solutions in Denton.
“It’s been fantastic; I’ve been able to swim, play football and even run the London Marathon twice without any recurring hair loss,” Mr McCarthy said.
Dr Messenger said: “Some hair transplants and procedures can be very good, with some people I would not be able to tell.”
However, he does not believe that self-conscious balding males are a modern phenomenon.
“I do not think societal pressure on men in terms of balding are any different, Julius Caesar was bald and he did everything to try and hide it. There is more concern about balding among males than you can see on the surface,” he said.