By SIMON CABLE and GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN
Was it worth it? Gordon Ramsay is seen before and after his £30,000 hair transplant operation
Patience has never been his strong point - but it looks like Gordon Ramsay is going to need to find plenty of it now.
Despite spending £30,000 on a hair transplant, the hot-tempered chef doesn’t appear to look any different.
The 44-year-old showed off his surgically-enhanced locks for the first time as he began filming a new series of Kitchen Nightmares in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Puffy-faced: Ramsay's swollen eyes and cheeks were very prominent after the procedure
But if he was hoping to see rapid returns on his investment, he may be disappointed.
It can take three to four months for hair growth to begin following a transplant - and more than a year for a significant difference to become apparent.
Ramsay spent 12 hours at the Alvi Armani centre in Beverly Hills at the end of last year, having follicles removed from lush patches of his scalp and reinserted where his hairline is thinning
Vanity: Gordon's £30,000 hair op doesn't appear to have made any big difference
Swollen: Ramsay looks like he's struggling to see out of his eyes as he and David Beckham make a coffee run
Performed under local anaesthetic, it requires no stitches - and leaves no scars.
But it may have contributed to Ramsay's rather puffy face which he sported on a day out to a safari park in North Carolina with the Beckhams.
Fun day out: Ramsay walks ahead as wife Tana and their children and Victoria and David Beckham stroll along behind
Ramsay's eyes were almost hidden under the swelling of his face as he, wife Tana and their four children, Victoria and David Beckham and their three sons walked and rode round the park looking at the animals, and even had a close encounter with a giraffe.
And one medical expert said his transplant procedure probably left him with the swollen after-effect.
Speaking to the Sun, Dr Mabroor Bhatti, of Transform cosmetic surgery, said: 'It would appear he has had a reaction from his heavy hair transplant.
'Patients can experience swelling which can work itself from the head to the bottom of the face. Gordon seems to have suffered more than usual.'
Man on a mission: Ramsay is snapped leaving an LA clinic after his hair transplant last week, and seen showing off his Botoxed face and a mouth of gleaming white veneers on TV in August last year
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