Gordon Ramsay is waging a war . . . against a receding hairline.
The tirade-prone TV chef shelled out nearly $50,000 for a hair transplant this week, according to reports.
The surgery — which appeared to take 12 hours — takes follicles from the back of the scalp and inserts them in areas where the hair is thinning.
In a bid to keep his hairline from roaming northward, Ramsay, 44, opted for the relatively new procedure — technically called “follicular unit extraction” — at the exclusive Alvi Armani Center in Beverly Hills.
Ramsay was seen exiting the center with his head swathed in white dressings hidden beneath a black surgical scrub cap.
A fresh surgical incision peaked out under bandages at the nape of the “Nightmare” chef’s noggin.
Ramsay left through an underground parking garage — and scampered into a waiting limo — but not fast enough to elude shutterbugs.
The innovative procedure results in less scarring and shorter recovery time than traditional “strip harvesting” transplants, according to medical journals.
It requires no stitches, smaller incisions and only local anaesthetic.
On the downside, it can require multiple sessions to see results.
Recent photos of Ramsay don’t seem to reveal much loss in the chef’s full head of blonde hair.
“Some will call it vanity — but to TV producers and Gordon it’s a pre-emptive action to stop him suddenly going on TV with obvious thinning,” a source told The Sun, the London paper that broke the story yesterday.
“He may like boiled eggs but he doesn’t want to go on TV looking like one,” the source quipped.
Reps for Ramsay would not comment on the surgery. This isn’t the first time Ramsay has dabbled in plastic surgery.
Last year the chef had his craggy chin surgically smoothed.
“Simon Cowell suggested that now that I am a success in America, I should do something, so I had filler put under the deep crevices,” Ramsay told the Daily Mail.
“It hurt,” he added.
That procedures also requires substantial upkeep — up to three additional “top ups” per year.
At the time, the he-man chef’s publicist denied the wrinkle-correcting injections, saying “Gordon would be the first person to take the piss out of anyone that has had surgery.”