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Life-changing Like Wayne Rooney and Calum Best, Irish men are opting for hair transplants

More Irish men are now turning to hair transplants to restore their confidence

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A man undergoes a hair transplant.

A man undergoes a hair transplant.

A man undergoes a hair transplant.

Hallelujah! We can get our highlights revived, our roots recovered, and our short back and sides shortened, back and sides.

But if you think you've had bad hair days during lockdown, with tresses growing like ivy, spare a thought for men who would give their right arms to be in such a situation.

Karl (44), from south Dublin, hasn't had much reason to step into a salon in almost a decade. He started going bald in his early 30s, and as his hairline receded, so did his confidence.

He says: "I became incredibly self-conscious and insecure about my appearance.

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Dr Andre Nel.

Dr Andre Nel.

Dr Andre Nel.

"I'm not a vain person - going bald, for me, was just on a whole different emotional level.

"I didn't have the confidence to date or have a love life, or even to go swimming in the sea because the small amount of hair I had on top would resemble splayed seaweed on my head when I emerged from the water. I couldn't go for walks on a windy day, fearing my cap would blow off."

Male-pattern baldness is increasingly common, affecting about 33pc of Irish men under the age of 30 (the figure rises to 80pc of men over 70 years).

It has the potential to ignite psychological stresses such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

So hair transplants are now becoming more popular too - the numbers of men having the procedure are increasing exponentially.

Wayne Rooney, Calum Best, Louis Walsh, Alan Hughes and James Nesbitt have all transformed themselves from balding to bushy haired.

Having a hair transplant is a "life-changer", continues Karl, who researched the procedure for five years and researched clinic after clinic. He came across Dr Andre Nel's Hair Restoration Practice in Malahide, Co Dublin, and after watching the testimonial videos, he knew that Dr Nel was the man to change his life.

Dr Nel says: "Hair restoration surgery, if done correctly where the hair transplant is combined with a commitment to lifelong medical treatment, is very successful and life-changing to patients."

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Patients can doze off, watch TV or listen to music and stay at a local hotel near the medical practice as the procedure is done over two days.

Karl adds: "My hair is growing at a great rate, there are no scars at all and I'm over the moon. For others thinking about it, I advise to do your research - and do it again and again.

"Read everything. I feel great about this, it was so worth it"

  • To find out more about hair restoration, call Dr Nel's clinic on 01 524 0265 or visit hswclinic.com

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