Robbie Williams is planning a second hair transplant

POSTED: 16 November 2020

Robbie Williams has revealed how he is planning a second hair transplant.

The former Take That star spoke about his first procedure on the Graham Norton Show way back in the 2013.

Hair loss is a continual process.

So it is no surprise that the 46-year-old singer is again facing problems with male pattern baldness seven years on from his first procedure.

Robbie could have slowed or even halted his hair loss by taking a clinically proven drug such as Finasteride, also known as Propecia, or Minoxidil.

This would not have grown him any new hair but it would have helped him to keep hold of more of his natural hair.

Lots of men are wary of taking this drug because it can impact on their sex life in around 2% of cases. Other side effects include the growth of man boobs.

But only a tiny minority of men experience these side effects and Finasteride is a good drug to use in conjunction with a hair transplant.

Robbie will almost certainly have had a FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure. This is where the donor grafts are extracted from the back or side of scalp and then replanted in the balding areas.

Around 80% of our consultant hair transplant surgeon Dr Asim Shahmalak's patients at Crown Clinic opt for FUE.

Celebrity patients at Crown Clinic who have had FUE include Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd, Homes Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts and the former footballer Didi Hamann.

FUE is particularly suitable if you like to wear your hair short or shaved at the back and sides - like Robbie - because the scarring is minimal.

The other form of hair transplantation performed by Dr Shahmalak at Crown Clinic is FUT (follicular unit transplantation).

So this is where the donor hairs are obtained by surgically removing a strip of skin. The hairs are extracted from the strip by technicians under a microscope before being replanted in the same way as FUE by Dr Shahmalak.

The TV doctor Christian Jessen has had two FUT procedures with Dr Shahmalak at Crown Clinic.

Robbie Williams spoke about his problems with male pattern baldness on Clarke Carlisle's Old Before I Die podcast.

You can see how Robbie is noticeably thinning in the picture below.

Robbie bravely admitted that he was 'going thin on top' with 'big gaps at the back.'

Robbie referred to his previous hair transplant as a 'thatch' and said: "So I think I am going to have a thatch. I think I'm going to thatch it."

Great plan, Robbie.

Just like a house whose appearances improves with the fitting of a new thatched roof, so humans can benefit from a hair transplant or thatch.

Around 1,500 to 2,000 grafts would fill out the thinning on top of Robbie's scalp and leave him once again with a full head of hair. 

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