THE onset of baldness used to mean it was 'hair today, gone tomorrow' for many men, but now thousands of Scots are turning to surgery in a bid to preserve their crowning glory.

New figures show that number of patients undergoing hair transplant procedures in Scotland last year was higher than ever before as demand quadrupled compared to 2013.

The growing popularity of taking the medical route to hair gain has been put down to the rise of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplants, where working follicles are transferred to areas of the head where growth has become sparse.

The technique has given a high profile by its uptake by footballers such as Wayne Rooney and Scotland ace James McFadden, along with current Celtic stars Anthony Stokes and Leigh Griffiths.

Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Private Clinic, said: "In the past year we have seen a significant, steady increase in the number of patients booking in for consultations for FUE hair transplant procedures.

"Over time, I think awareness of the procedure has certainly grown. It is also fair to say that there is no longer such stigma attached to the idea of a man undergoing a transplant procedure; today this is something which men of all ages, who are suffering with hair loss, would probably look to consider."