Jurgen Klopp’s Hair Transplant

Considered one of the best football managers in the world, Jurgen Klopp has brought many glorious victories for the Liverpool side. He’s known for many things, including his energy, authenticity and honesty. So, it’s not really a surprise that the footballer has openly admitted to getting a hair transplant.

In this blog, you’ll find out why Jurgen Klopp might’ve needed this surgery in the first place and the technique that was possibly used for his surgery. We might even have a guess on how much his surgery would’ve cost. So, without further ado, let’s find out about Jurgen Klopp’s hair transplant.

Has Jurgen Klopp Had A Hair Transplant?

Jurgen Klopp has been widely quoted saying, “Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don’t you?” It’s reported that he had this surgery in 2012.

Jurgen Klopps hair in 2012
Jurgen Klopp’s hair in 2012 – the same year he got a hair transplant

By 2012, Klopp hadn’t gone completely bald, but it was getting more and more evident that he was losing hair because of his prominently U-shaped temples. Before that, Klopp kept his hair fairly long, which he might’ve been doing intentionally to hide his bald spots. Here’s a look at Klopp’s hair in 2010:

Jurgen Klopps hair in 2010
Christopher Neundorf, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons

In 2019, Mario Gotze – who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and Germany’s national team – also revealed in the Players’ Tribune that Klopp had told him about his plans to get a hair transplantation surgery. Klopp even joked about saving the number of the specialist for Mario, saying he might probably need it for his hair loss.

Jurgen Klopp Hair Transplant Before And After

Let’s take a closer look at Jurgen Klopp before the hair transplant and afterwards. Here’s a picture of Jurgen Klopp in 2009 with long hair to maybe try and cover the temple areas.

Quite possibly, Klopp was losing his hair due to male pattern baldness, in which the hairline recedes in an “M” shape. It’s progressive and results in the permanent shrinkage or miniaturisation of hair follicles. This is what might’ve led Klopp to get a hair transplant, as it can permanently treat it. Here’s a picture of Klopp in 2014, about 2 years after his hair transplant:

Jurgen Klopps hair in 2014

It takes 12-18 months for you to see the final results of a hair transplant. But notice how even a couple of years after the surgery, there seems to be a thinned-out (almost a bald spot) near Klopp’s part line. It doesn’t seem like he was able to achieve a high density there.

There can be different reasons behind that. How much of a dense coverage you can achieve depends on the “strength” of your donor area. You need to have enough hair at the back of your hair for transplantation in the front. But seeing how Klopp’s hair loss wasn’t too extensive, it seems unlikely.

Sometimes, if the patient needs a large number of grafts, the surgery is divided into two sessions, with the second one intended to improve the density. But again, Klopp’s balding areas didn’t seem large enough to require 4,500 grafts or more. Other reasons can include negligence in aftercare, or it’s also possible that insufficient grafts were transplanted.

In 2018, Jurgen Klopp’s hair had started to look thinned out again, especially in the crown area, even as the front looked relatively more voluminous.

Jurgen Klopp 2018 2

While Klopp’s hairline looked intact in 2019, it seems like he might benefit from a second hair transplant to improve the overall density.

What Type Of Hair Transplant Did Jurgen Klopp Get?

While Klopp didn’t exactly share the details of his hair transplant, he likely had a Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. In this, individual hair follicles are taken out from the back of the head and transplanted to the front.

Hair transplant

It’s preferred over the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) technique, in which a strip of skin is cut out from the back of the head. Individual follicles are then taken out from there.

However, because of the skin excision, this surgery can leave a long linear scar on the back (which might be visible on short hair). And since you’ll need stitches, the recovery will also be relatively more difficult.

For these reasons, FUT has become less and less popular over the years, and FUE is usually preferred. Klopp might’ve also gone with the latter technique.

How Many Hair Grafts Did Jurgen Klopp Need?

Jurgen Klopp might’ve had somewhere between 1,500 to 2,000 hair grafts mainly because his hair loss was primarily around the temples and a bit at the front. It’s not high-density, so it’s likely not too many grafts were transplanted.

Hair grafts

While you can use a graft calculator to get an estimate of the number of grafts you might need, keep in mind that the final estimate is only given by a surgeon. They’ll assess for different factors, including the strength of your donor hair, hair type, size of bald areas, etc., to decide on the number of grafts.

How Much Did Jurgen Klopp Pay For His Hair Transplantation?

Hair transplants in Dusseldorf can cost about €3,500 (~£3,000) for 1,500 to 2,000 grafts today. It’s also where Jurgen Klopp was, according to Mario Gotze when the Liverpool boss had told him about his plans for a hair transplant.

However, that was back in 2012, so his surgery probably cost less (or it could have been even more because you never know with celebrity clinics).

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can consider medical tourism in Turkey, where the average hair transplant cost is between £1,500 and £2,000. Hair transplants in Turkey are usually more affordable because of the exchange rates and the low cost of living in the country.

However, you shouldn’t just go for the cheapest clinic, no matter where you’re getting this surgery, make sure to do your research. Your surgeon should be licensed, experienced and qualified to perform this surgery successfully.

Conclusion

Klopp’s hair transplant was never really a secret. However, since the football manager had a hair transplant, it seems like he’s started to bald again.

Keep in mind that a hair transplant should give permanent results because the hair at the back of the head isn’t (always) affected by the hormones that cause hair loss.

It’s possible that it’s because Klopp didn’t really get those areas (near the crown) transplanted in the first place. Still, in general, Klopp’s hair seems to have kind of a low density, so he might benefit from another surgery.

If you’re also losing your hair, you must consult a medical professional for a proper diagnosis. Based on that, they’ll recommend a suitable treatment plan for you.

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