Wayne Rooney and Follicular Unit Extraction

Wayne Rooney’s FUE transplant results seemed to look really good for a while. But they did not seem to last long. Why is this?

Although Wayne Rooney was treated by one of the best FUE doctors in the world, it may be the case that the hair follicles all across his head were starting to miniaturize.  Using these as donors may explain why all the hair on top of his head started falling out and thinning shortly after his second procedure. Bald patches were also developing behind the recipient zone after his first procedure.  And the second procedure was performed to fill these in. In order to fix these results, he may be a candidate for a body hair transplant procedure. This would require an advanced form of Follicular Unit Extraction.  But at this point, he probably does not have enough donor follicles left on his head to offer the coverage that he needs at this point.  Body regions can provide the thousands he needs to restore a normal head of hair.

The difference between a Follicular Unit Extraction methods using only head hair is that only 5,000-7,000 grafts can be harvested. This is not a lot compared to 20,000 hair follicles plus that can be extracted from regions of the body. The outcome says it all. Patients who undergo body hair transplants have global fullness and density. Also, the more follicles the surgeon has to implant, the better matched the follicles are in certain regions. There are particular regions of the body that are used to create a hairline, perform a successful eyebrow and eyelash transplant.

The one thing many patients do not want is the transplant to be noticeable. By using body hair follicles the textures match so well that one can hardly tell the difference between a non-transplanted head from a head that has had a transplant.

Another great factor of undergoing a body hair transplant is the minimized scarring. Since hair follicles are taken from regions of the body such as, the leg, nape, abdomen, chest, back, arm. face and neck, the microscopic punches heal where they are hardly noticeable. The tool that is used during the extraction part of the process promotes optimal healing. Typically, the donor sites form scabs, and the scabs fall off about a week after surgery.

After a hair transplant it is normal for hair to fall out within a few months. This is the sign that these shafts have reached the end of their growth cycle. New hair is expected to emerge around the fourth month. If the surgery is performed properly, the follicles will continue to grow and thrive.




Posted on: October 4, 2013, by :