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McFadden leads new wave of footballers tackling baldness with hair transplants

ACCORDING to a popular terraces refrain, follically-challenged fans' favourites "have got no hair but we don't care".

James McFadden with Dr Harald Eberson.
James McFadden with Dr Harald Eberson.

But the man behind Scotland's wonder goal against France in 2007 clearly does.

Motherwell striker James McFadden, after getting stick from team mates, is tackling his baldness with a hair transplant.

The 31-year-old, who has also played at Everton and Birmingham City, had around 2,000 grafts implanted on his head over the course of a day.

He follows in the footsteps of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and former Celtic hero John Hartson in having the transplant carried out.

Fellow former Hoops star Michael Gray even had his carried out live on the internet.

Meanwhile, two other current footballers Anthony Stokes and Leigh Griffiths have also undergone hair transplant surgery.

The players took to social media site Twitter yesterday to show off their treatments.

McFadden announced to his team he was having the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant at The Glasgow Clinic, after Motherwell secured second place in the SPL with a one-nil win against Aberdeen last week.

He said:"You get stick and a bit of banter for having no hair so you might as well get stick for having some.

"My wife is happy with whatever I want to do. This is just for me though. I liked it when I had hair and I'd like to have it again. I'm not vain and anybody that knows me will tell you that. I just want to have my hair again."

The procedure begins with hairs being grafted directly from the scalp using a punch to remove the complete follicular units.

They are then 'harvested' under a microscope and by using thin blades or needles to create new incisions the hairs are replaced one by one as quickly as possible into the selected 're-implantation sites'.

It is said to be a less invasive hair transplant procedure than other available treatments and causes only minimal scarring.

The Glasgow Clinic's leading FUE surgeon, Dr Harald Eberson, said: "It will take at least four to six months before we start to see a real difference to his hair and certainly a year before he can really appreciate the benefits.

"We're hoping to see James model his new hair transplant on the pitch whether that be at Motherwell, Scotland or elsewhere."

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