With more celebrities openly opting for hair transplants, the process is becoming more talked about. This open conversation can oftentimes lead to hair transplant speculation, especially when it comes to footballers and their changing hairlines.
Like many footballers before him (here’s a list of 23), David Silva chose to undergo a hair transplant to combat his hair loss.
The midfielder seemed to have been experiencing male pattern baldness, with the condition beginning to affect him around 2005; this means that Silva is among the 25% of men who begin balding before 21 years old .
As a hair transplant is permanent, many men who have been experiencing progressive hair loss opt for one in place of less permanent options such as medication.
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Though David Silva has never openly spoken about having a hair transplant, the change in his hairline from 2004-present is undeniable, and despite his silence on the matter, we can confidently assume that the football star has opted for hair restoration in the form of a hairline transplant and or temple hair transplant.
Before 2017, when Silva shocked fans with a buzzcut, he had a very noticeable receding hairline. On the Norwood scale, he appeared to be at Norwood 3.
In 2017, Silva sported a buzzcut and by 2018 his scalp showed evidence of a hair transplant. Though his head has been shaved, we can clearly see where his hairline has been lowered during the hair transplant process and new grafts secured.
You can see where Silva has had grafts transplanted, as the hairline is slightly raised and reddened; the picture of David Silva looks to have been taken around 7 days after a hair transplant.
By 2019, Silva’s hair was growing back in, and he could sport his new, and natural-looking, hairline.
David Silva began his football career in 2002 as a youth player for Valencia, and by 2004 he was on loan to Eibar.
In the first picture, Silva was 18 years old and his hairline looked fairly healthy. We can place him at Norwood 1, which Norwood himself describes as ‘minimal or no recession of the hairline’ .
In the second picture, it looks as if there is a slight recession at the temples, however, without knowing if he had hair loss, this could be viewed as a mature hairline.
It is normal for men around this age to experience changes in their hairline, as this is what happens as the hairline naturally matures and moves back with age, however, it is likely that David Silva has a genetic predisposition to balding as he showed common signs of male pattern baldness earlier in life, such as hair loss at a quicker rate.
The main difference between a mature hairline and a receding hairline is linked to a genetic predisposition to balding in men with a receding hairline, but other differences include the rate of hairline recession and age.
During his loan to Celta, David Silva’s hair loss had progressed. At this point, his hair loss was around Norwood stage 2, with some temple hair loss and hairline recession.
There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of David Silva trying to stop a receding hairline, as he has never openly spoken about it; the football star seemed to cover his receding hairline with his long locks, which is actually a common hairstyle to disguise a receding hairline.
At this stage, it can be common to try medications such as Minoxidil and Finasteride.
Norwood 2 would be a good stage to begin applying Minoxidil to any areas of hair loss, as Minoxidil tends to be more effective the earlier on in hair loss that you begin to use it.
Moving onto 2010 and David Silva had been bought by Manchester City.
His hairline was progressively receding, with more temple hair loss appearing, and he was still using his long hair to cover the hair loss along his hairline and temples.
By 2015, David Silva’s hair loss was at Norwood stage 3, with very noticeable temple hair loss highlighting his forehead.
2016 saw David Silva’s hairline with deep recessions at the temples. The ‘V’ shape where hair loss has occurred on either side of the head is common at Norwood stage 3 .
In 2017, David Silva shocked fans when he made the decision to chop off his long hair and sport a buzzcut. Many people who are balding opt for a buzzcut instead of a hair transplant, as it is a cost-free and effective way to diminish the appearance of a receding hairline.
By 2018, rumours about the David Silva hair transplant were rife, with fans speculating about his noticeable new hairline.
Though he still had his head shaved, we can clearly see where his new hairline starts as the skin is slightly raised in the area where the grafts were transplanted.
At this point, it usually takes 4-6 months for viable hair growth results to show.
The picture above was around 6 months after a hair transplant, and David Silva’s hair was growing back in, with his new hairline clearly established.
We can see that the hairline had been moved forward and the temples looked fuller and more natural. His hair also looks healthier and denser.
The pictures above are from 2020 and 2021, and we can see that David Silva’s hair had grown in successfully, with his hairline looking full and natural.
When his hair blew back in the wind there were no longer large spaces of hair loss at his temples.
In this picture from 2023, David Silva looks confident with his hair growth. He seems to have opted for a shorter style, keeping it simple for the pitch.
It is likely that David Silva’s surgeon performed an FUE hair transplant on him, as FUE would be most suitable for him due to the minimally invasive nature and quicker recovery period .
One of the main differences between FUE and FUT is the method of extraction used for grafts.
In the FUT technique, a strip of skin is removed from the donor area and sliced into individual hair grafts; this method can leave a more noticeable scar.
In the FUE technique, a surgeon uses a micro punch to remove hair grafts individually. This technique is often slightly cheaper and creates less scarring.
David Silva will have consulted with a surgeon beforehand about the best technique for him, as not only is it important that his hair looks good, but it would have been important that he was not off the field for too long.
David Silva seemed to be at Norwood stage 3 before his hair transplant, and using the graft calculator we can estimate that he received anywhere from 2000 grafts to 2500 grafts on his hairline and temples.
Due to the level of his hair loss and the method of graft extraction that was likely used, we estimate that David Silva’s hair transplant cost around £6,500. However, it depends on where he underwent the treatment, as pricing differs from clinic to clinic.
Hair transplants can be expensive and are often the last resort. They can be even more costly if you don’t do your research and find a reputable clinic.
Many people feel that opting for a cheap hair transplant might be OK as they are saving money, but you are much more likely to have a bad experience, causing hair transplant regrets. Be sure to avoid shady clinics just to save money, as you may come out with a failed hair transplant and an infection.
In fact, in 2022 the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reported that 0-25% of surgeons said that 6% of hair restoration and repair cases were due to black market transplants . Don’t be a part of that statistic!
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