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Wes Welker gets hair transplant surgery

Wes Welker with Dr. Robert Leonard.

Wes Welker with Dr. Robert Leonard.

A few years back, Tom Brady caused quite a stir when a car believed to be his was spied outside the Rhode Island offices of the well-known hair-transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Leonard.

The Pats QB wouldn’t cop to using Leonard’s services, which involve implanting tiny hair grafts in areas without hair, but Brady’s lettuce sure looked healthy.

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Well, now Wes Welker has enlisted Leonard to help him grow hair — and the Pats pass catcher doesn’t care who knows.

“When I was considering hair transplantation I knew that I wanted to work with the best in the field and that is why I chose Dr. Robert Leonard,” said Welker in a statement Monday. (The receiver is now a spokesman for the hair doc and will appear in TV, radio, and print ads.) “Dr. Leonard has a tremendous reputation and his knowledge and expertise helped put my mind at ease throughout the process.”

Welker, 31, had the work done a few weeks ago — just after his Aspen wedding to 2005 Miss Hooters International Anna Burns. The procedure took about five hours to complete. While Welker never looked all that hair-challenged to us, he was apparently worried about losing his locks.

“It’s often very evident to the patient himself,” Leonard said Monday, reached at his office in Cranston, R.I.

“Hairstyles can cover up thinning that others don’t see.”

For his part, Leonard said he’s hoping his All-Pro pass-catching client will be good for business.

“Having Wes on board elevates our ability to educate people and raise awareness of treatments and transplantation,” said Leonard.

Asked why Welker, unlike so many other people who consult hair specialists, is willing to talk about the experience, Leonard said, “There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

“Wes is extraordinarily gentlemanly,” said the doctor.

“Slowly but surely, men are coming out of the closet, and having Wes helps in that regard.”

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