West Bromwich Albion are back in the Premiership and their manager Slaven Bilic is showing off his fine head of hair which has been boosted by at least two hair transplants.
Bilic, 52, is the latest in a long line of Premiership managers to seek help with their hair.
Other well known managers who have had hair transplants include Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and the former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, now in charge at Inter Milan.
Bilic had a particularly aggressive form of hair loss and he would be almost completely bald across the front of his hairline if he had not taken action.
As it is, he has an excellent hair covering and is a great advert for the benefits of hair transplantation.
Gary Lineker had previously joked that the stress of being a Premiership manager had resulted in Bilic GAINING new hair, not losing it as you would expect.
Linenker joked: “Most managers under the cosh might lose their hair, Slaven Bilic appears to be gaining it.”
That is because he has gone to a very good surgeon who has very naturally blended the transplanted hair with his natural hair.
Bilic was bold enough to appear on TV as a pundit shortly after his second hair transplant. You can see the red pin pricks on his forehead where the transplanted hair has been moved in the picture on the left.
In the picture on the right, Bilic’s hair has grown back after the transplant – and he looks years younger.
“You can see how his hair has progressed in the pictures below,
“In the pictures on the left, he is in the recovery process a few weeks after surgery. That’s why there was that the redness at the front of his scalp where the new hair had been transplanted. It also explains his hair cut.
“He has had a FUT (follicular unit transplantation) procedure, also known as strip harvesting. This is where a strip of skin is removed from the back or side of the scalp to harvest the donor hair. I think it is an FUT because of the length of the donor hair.”
Dr Shahmalak explained that newly transplanted hair falls out immediately after the operation while the follicles bed into their new home.
All the transplanted hair has grown back nicely and Bilic is looking great.
Dr Shahmalak said: “He has a good covering of hair right across his scalp and he looks years younger.”
Dr Shahmalak said that lots of footballers and managers had followed Wayne Rooney in having a hair transplant.
He said: “It all comes down to money. The image rights for a footballer like Rooney run into millions. The fact is, he is a lot more attractive to international brands if he has a full head of hair. There are very few global sporting icons who are bald.
“Wayne has done a great job preserving his hair and so has Slaven, too.”
Dr Shahmalak has performed procedures on a string of Premiership stars, most of whom prefer not to go public.
Ex-Liverpool and Man City star Didi Hamann, now a TV pundit, had a FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant with Dr Shahmalak at Crown Clinic because he wanted to look younger on TV after being inspired by Wayne Rooney.
Didi said: “I have always like Wayne both as a player and as a human. I remember thinking when he had his hair done, ‘Good for him – he wants to look better and isn’t afraid to tell the world about it.’
“I’m the same. I am happy to go public and make clear that you can really benefit from giving nature a helping hand.”