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Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Transforms With Hair Transplant

by Barb Tate

Your favorite boy crush of the late '90s has become a man! A.J. McLean of internationally acclaimed group the Backstreet Boys was recently a recipient of a very mature treatment: the hair transplant. The singer, 35, uploaded a series of before-and-after photos to his Instagram account showcasing a healthy, happy, spread of hair right on top of his head. Elated with his results, the singer announced via Twitter, "Some girls get there boobs done some guys get abb implants all to make them happy! This was the one thing I did and I couldn't be happier!!!!"

A.J.’s Secret Hair Loss

Let’s be honest. Some late 90’s hairstyles didn’t do too much to help out the mature look or memories of groups like NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. It was a tumultuous time to be a young adult in the public eye, especially when your hair was one of the few things that separated you from the rest of your band mates. In fact, other 20-something-all-male singing groups like BB Mak and 98 Degrees seemed to fade into obscurity faster than the top acts. Other than talent level, sources say that it’s because they all managed to look the same. If only one of them threw on a pink wig or two from time to time…

The hairstyles that a lot of these young men adopted in that time period were, either in a good way or bad, quite memorable: Justin Timberlake’s Ramen noodle curls, Nick Carter’s swaying blonde bangs, the Hanson boys' ear-tucked Cobain-like locks, and more. A.J. McLean, on the other hand, didn’t have to worry too much about keeping up with Nick or Justin in the hairstyle race. All he needed was a tank top and a smooth Fedora. We know now that under all those cool hats, his hair was going through a dramatic recession.

Show Me The Meaning Of Being Bald

A.J. was the Backstreet bad boy. Every group needed one. Luckily, the bad boy was expected to wear a little edgier clothing. As A.J.’s hairline began to recede through his tenure with the band, he wore more and more bad-boy Fedoras, presumably to mask his rapidly thinning hair. 1999-2000 were undoubtedly the group’s most successful years, selling over 13 million copies of their wildly celebrated album Millennium and selling out stadiums across the planet. He was just 22 years old, but it was apparent that A.J. was already in what is designated to be Stage III hair loss. Stage III represents a recession of hair above the temples. Stage IV, excessive thinning on the crown (top of head) came quickly. In only a few short years, as A.J. entered his 30s, his hair loss accelerated. When he hit 35, he finally decided it was time to fight back with hair transplant surgery.

Many hair transplant recipients keep the details about their surgery fairly private. And in A.J.’s case, that’s no different. What we do know, judging from his photos the transplant was a success. It is likely that A.J. underwent Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) treatments instead of a strip-method procedure, which would leave more scarring and less of a blended result. FUE transplants extract follicles one at a time from other parts of the head and implant them into the bare areas. Photos indicate an extremely smooth and patchless hair growth free of scars. Looking good, A.J.!

If you or someone you know is interested in Follicular Unit Extraction treatments or hair restoration surgery in general, please contact Hair Loss Specialists today! Speak with one of our on-call representatives to schedule a complimentary screening at a clinic in your area .

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