It’s one of the most spectacular celebrity hair transplants out there. Former footballer turned manager Antonio Conte has gone from pretty much completely bald to a perfect – and I do mean perfect – head of hair. How did he achieve such fantastic results? Who created this masterpiece? And how much did it cost? Read on to find out.
Antonio Conte hair loss
Conte’s career started out at hometown club Lecce.
He made his debut in 1986, aged 16. And as a young lad he had a thick head of hair:
But just a few short years and a move to Juventus later, this once fine head of hair was noticeably sparse.
Apart from a few strands at the fringe, Conte’s hair loss was bordering on a Norwood 6.
Antonio Conte first hair transplant(?)
But by the year 2000, Conte’s hair had noticeably improved.
We tend to think of Wayne Rooney as the first footballing hair transplant, but Conte appears to have been the real pioneer.
His hair was still a long way from the masterpiece it is today but it was noticeably thicker compared to a few years prior.
Hair transplants had been around for a few years by this time, but techniques weren’t as advanced in 2000 as they are now.
First, the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method was not as widely used as it is today. Instead, surgeons used follicular unit transplantation (FUT) – otherwise known as the ‘strip’ method – to extract hair follicles. Also, advances in hair transplantation techniques mean surgeons today can create a thicker head of hair today compared to 2000 (providing the donor capacity is sufficient).
Anyway, Conte’s hair during Euro 2000 seems pretty typical of a hair transplant from around this time. His hair isn’t perfect, but the coverage is greatly improved in comparison to earlier pictures.
And I couldn’t talk about Conte and Euro 2000 without mentioning this spectacular goal against Turkey:
Conte retired from professional football in 2004 with a better head of hair than when he’d joined Juventus 13 years previously.
But by 2007 Conte was back to being bald.
It’s not a bad look! Conte pulls off the bald head pretty well.
Even so, reports suggest he’d had at least one hair transplant to restore his hair to its former glory.
Present day: Antonio Conte hair transplants
Looking at Conte today, it’s pretty much impossible to tell he ever suffered from hair loss.
Even when caught by the wind his hair looks better than many people half his age:
So how did he do it?
Reports suggest Conte had one or two hair transplants in his native Italy shortly after his playing career finished in 2004. However, the results of these procedures are said to have been less than impressive.
The rumor is that Conte then travelled to Vancouver, Canada, for his most recent hair transplant surgery. And this time it was a complete success.
If these reports are true, it seems likely that Conte’s incredible transformation was the work of hair restoration surgeons Hasson and Wong. As IAHRS members (kind of like the Premier League of hair transplant surgeons), these two are among the very best in the world.
So how much did it cost?
Judging by Conte’s thick head of hair it seems reasonable to expect he had at least 4000 hair follicles transplanted (not including previous surgeries).
Most hair transplant surgeons charge per graft (i.e. charge for each hair follicle transplanted). The final cost would also depend on which method – FUE or FUT – was used.
With FUT, a strip of skin is removed from the back of the scalp. Hair follicles are then extracted from this strip and implanted into the balding area. FUT takes less time (so tends to cost less) but leaves more noticeable scarring.
The FUE method involves extracting individual follicles one at a time. This of course takes more time and money but leaves less noticeable scarring.
Given that Conte is reported to have already had at least one hair transplant, it’s likely he opted for the FUE method in Canada. This is likely to have cost around $30,000 based on the 4000 graft estimate above.
Of course, this doesn’t take into account the cost of any previous surgeries he might have had. And, with such a phenomenal result, 4000 grafts might be a little on the low side.
But however many grafts it took, his is one of the best celebrity hair transplants out there.
Congratulations Antonio Conte!