Radio and television presenter Eddie Mair has humorously spoken out about, it would appear, undergoing a hair transplant procedure. The Newsnight presenter had previously discussed his surprise at noticing a bald patch that he had previously thought “discreet but manageable” but realised it “was in fact the size of a dinner plate” when watching himself on the television.
Mair, writing in his Radio Times column, noted that he didn’t want to be seen snubbing the Sony Radio Academy Awards where he had been nominated in one category: “Yet I was already booked in for a medical procedure at a world-renowned hair-replacement facility in Gstaad.”
“A bald patch the size of Kent”
Mair ended his column jokingly urging anyone considering going overseas for a medical procedure to: “Check the translated paperwork if you’re having an op overseas. I still have a bald patch the size of Kent but boast hairier knuckles than Richard Keys.”
Of course, it’s not clear whether Mair has in fact had a hair transplant, but assuming he has, it would be interesting to know whether he tried a medical approach to treating his hair loss first.
All good transplant surgeons will encourage their patients to try using a hair loss treatment plan for a minimum of six months before considering a transplant, due to the fact that medication is often enough to halt the hair loss and regrow thinning patches.
In order to be effective, a treatment programme would need to contain at least one (though in many cases both) of the two hair loss medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies). The first of these, Propecia, works by blocking the hormone DHT that causes hair loss atop the scalp in those with a genetic predisposition.
Male pattern hair loss, otherwise known as androgenic alopecia (the type that affects 95% of men with noticeable loss) can also be treated with the second medication, minoxidil, which can regrow hair in thinning areas. For stubborn hair loss Belgravia’s unique extra-strength minoxidil cream can be particularly effective on account of minoxidil being dose dependent.
It’s worth noting that if the area is completely shiny and bald, hair can no longer be regrown medically. So, a timely visit to a hair loss specialist for a diagnosis and to compile a bespoke treatment plan including hair growth boosters (such as the FDA cleared Laser Comb) is the best way to tackle hair loss and prevent the need for a transplant.
Of course, if by saying he believed his bald spot to be discreet and “manageable” Mair could be alluding to the fact he has not been able to regrow his thinning hair, in which case a hair loss specialist could advise him on the best way forward, if he hasn’t already made a decision.
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