Shirley MacDonald: Transplants are getting much better. I mean 20-30 years ago when you had a transplant they looked like dolls hair. Now you can have them put in individually by the surgeon or even robots are putting them in, and they take them from the back of the scalp and they take them in a mosaic pattern and then re-transplant them.
Once it’s transplanted it would camouflage that area, but really it doesn’t cure baldness it’s just going to be a coverage, and that hair would continue to grow because it’s not androgen sensitive so unlike the hair on the top of the head, on the frontal area but you would then probably need, or your surgeon would need to look at how you’re going to look in 10 years from the first transplant to sort of fill in those other areas. So you may need top-ups from the first transplant.
There are lots of things on the market that claim to grow hair, caffeine shampoos, I’ve seen them all the only thing that’s licensed and that we know will work for a large proportion of people is topical minoxidil in different strengths for men and women and that’s applied and that stops, slows down, it holds the hair in the growing phase much longer.
Something else that’s licensed is Propicia which is an oral tablet that only men can take. The only disadvantage with these is that once you start, you have to continue otherwise you will lose the hair once you stop, both of these treatments.
we are always on the lookout for cure’s for baldness that research never stops it’s really, really important. But I think we’re going to look towards genetic engineering in the future.
If we’ve I think that’s probably the most likely solution to baldness. But the research doesn’t stop, it’s ongoing all the time, so yes there’s still hope out there.
Rafael Nadal, who turned 32 a few weeks ago, has been dealing with baldnessfor a few years now.
Through some images featuring Nadal in the French Open final against Dominic Thiem, you can see how he has less hair than the past, especially behind the head. Already two years ago, Nadal had to deal with a hair loss. He tried to solve this issue in a famous Madrid clinic, he went through a transplant, and after six months, starting from Monte Carlo Masters, he could see the effect.
But now, according to El Mundo, it seems that the problem is back for 17-time Grand Slam winner. But it’s definitely a normal situation, the specialist Javier Mato Ansorenaclaimed. ‘The tennis player is very young and he could keep losing hair.
Transplanted hair get never lost because they are removed from the occipital region of the head and don’t fall, while natural hair keeps falling.’ That’s why Nadal may undergo a new little surgery.
Alternatively, in order to avoid the operation, he could use antiandrogens like the finasteride. It’s a group of medicines that stop the biological effects of male hormones. However, for Nadal, it would not be the most appropriate treatment for being an elite player, the specialist suggested.
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