Ex-Manchester City striker Ashley Ward has become the latest star to undergo hair transplant surgery.
The former footballer, who is married to Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward, has undergone the procedure after becoming increasingly concerned about his receding hairline.
Photos revealed how Ashley, 46, had 2,000 grafts of hair microscopically harvested by robots - and then transplanted to thinning areas on his head.
Discussions around Ashley’s procedure aired on the first episode of the latest Real Housewives series, with daughter Darby outing her beloved dad around the dinner table stating: “You’re having a hair transplant because you’re not happy with your hairline aren’t you?”
After a lot of consideration and a push from the leading ladies in his life, Ashley decided to take the plunge and book himself in for a hair transplant.
Speaking candidly before his procedure, Ashley said: “A lot of people said you don’t really need it, but I’m trying to nip it in the bud as I can see that it is thinner than it was.”
“I’m hoping that it’s going to give me a more youthful look and reverse the receding. I’m looking forward to it and I think it will give me a bit more confidence.”
Ashley, with the support and advice from Dr Farjo, lead surgeon at the Farjo Hair Institute, chose to undergo a follicular unit extraction (FUE) with the state-of-the-art ARTAS system.
The cutting-edge technology automatically finds the best donor hairs from the back of the head and can currently perform extractions at a rate of up to 1000 per hour.
Ashley is due for a follow up platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment in a month’s time.
The treatment aids in recovery and stimulation of growth and can be used separately or in tandem with a procedure.
Ashley is not alone in his hair loss worries, as this type of procedure is becoming less of a taboo subject.
Speaking of her husband’s procedure, Dawn said:
“I think years ago it was bit embarrassing to have a hair transplant and it was a bit of a secret, now it’s not.”