Former Sunderland defender ‘comfortable’ through live online hair transplant + VIDEO

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AFTER more than seven hours, thousands of needles and missing the start of the England match, former SAFC star Micky Gray has a new head of hair.

The ex-England defender, 37, became the first person in the UK to have hair transplant surgery streamed live on the internet.

Inspired by celebrities including Duncan Bannatyne, who have undergone the surgery, Micky took the plunge. Now his receding hairline has disappeared, thanks to two top doctors and eight nursing technicians.

Micky told the Echo: “I’ve been comfortable all the way through and have even managed to have a little sleep and eaten sandwiches.”

He hopes the surgery will boost his confidence, and by screening it live encourage other people to try it.

“It’s been on my mind since I was about 33. I thought about it but didn’t really know how to go about it. Then a lot of high-profile people started having it done and I thought if they can go through it then so can I.

“I know how it feels when you start to lose your hair. I’m on TV a lot and when I looked at the back of my head I didn’t like what I saw and wanted to do something about it.”

The transplant involved taking 4,000 hairs from the back and sides of Micky’s head and re-planting them into his hairline.

He said: “I’m not great with needles and can’t even cope with a flu jab, so I’ve not being looking at what the doctors have been doing.”

The hair should start to fully regrow in eight to 12 months.