Once again, a footballer has hit the headlines after undergoing a hair transplant. English footballer, Chris Dagnall has become the latest sports star to seek treatment for his receding locks, following in the famous footsteps of Wayne Rooney and David Platt.
So, is it just a result of being in the limelight that these footballers are turning to hair transplants, or could hair loss be a risk of the profession?
Footballers could be at a higher risk of going bald
Experts claim the reason we see so many footballers undergoing hair transplant treatments is because they’re actually more likely to suffer from hair loss. It’s said that heading the ball could be contributing to thinning locks and patchy hair loss.
If the scalp is put through frequent trauma, it can lead to chronic inflammation. This, if left untreated, can in turn go on to cause hair loss.
Studies will need to be carried out to determine footballer’s risk of hair loss
There’s no denying there’s been a significant increase in the number of footballers undergoing hair transplants in recent years. In order to establish whether there is in fact a connection, studies will need to be carried out.
The balding parts of the scalp would need to be analysed to see whether there’s any inflammation present, or fibrosis.
At the moment, there have been no studies like this carried out so it’s been assumed these footballers are simply suffering from male pattern baldness – a common genetic type of hair loss known to develop as you age.
Until the cause of hair loss in footballers can be determined, a hair transplant may not be a long-term solution. If the problem was caused by repeated trauma, return to the sport after the transplant will only continue to damage the hair follicles and a further transplant would likely be needed at a later date.
Overall, there are many reasons why men can suffer from hair loss. If you’re worried about your own hair loss problems, there are treatments out there, including hair transplants, which can really help to give you back your confidence.