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Olympic Diver Peter Waterfield Goes for Hair Transplant

Celebrities getting a hair transplant or going for cosmetic surgery is nothing new. But what is new is that they are openly declaring having undergone such a procedure. The most recent news is that of British Olympic diver Peter Waterfield aged 31.

Having to contend with baldness problems at a young age he shaved his head. But soon realized that his Cockney accent and shaved head made people think that he was a thug. To give himself an image makeover the best solution offered to him was getting a hair transplant.

The 4,200 individual hair transplanted from the back of his scalp to the front of his head did cover his bald patch and softened his image also. He is eagerly waiting for the hair to grow and give a better look.

Peter the Commonwealth Games medalist went for the Follicle Unit Extraction procedure under the care of Dr.Asim Shahmalak. The procedure involved removal and transplant of 1,500 grafts to his hairline. Another 1,000 were transplanted to increase coverage on the top of the scalp.

He has to wait for a year for the transplanted hair to really grow and cover his head. This will give confidence to more men to undergo this procedure. A steady rise of 25 percent has been witnessed in men going for hair transplant in the last five years. Further with more celebrities going public about their experiences and fast advancement in technology more people will willingly go for similar safe procedures.

Dr. Shahmalak has done hair transplant procedures on other celebrities like Dr. Christian Jessen from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and the model and TV presenter Calum Best.

He explains that there are seven categories of male pattern baldness which ranges from category one which indicates no hair loss up to seven which indicates total hair loss. Peter fell in the 5A category as he suffered substantial hair loss due to his family history.

The result of the hair transplant procedure was successful in bringing back a full crop of hair as well as helping Peter regain his youthful looks, feeling and self-esteem.

Medications can halt hair loss but do not promote regrowth of lost hair, leaving hair transplantation as the most effective method to regain hair. The procedure also goes undetected and is permanent lasting for the rest of the patient’s life.

Peter Waterfield went for Follicular Unit Extraction which is more expensive than strip harvesting where hairs follicles are removed and transplanted individually and is hence more time consuming. This method is preferred by men as there is no scarring and lets them maintain their hair short. The healing process takes approximately 5-7 days which is enough for redness, swelling and scarring to disappear leaving no mark.

Peter concludes, “I am so glad that I had it done, I feel so much more confident now. I am really looking forward to being able to grow my hair for the first time since I was a teenager and present a new image of myself to the world.”



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