As we reported previously, Wayne Rooney has become the latest celebrity to have a hair transplant. Other UK celebrities who have gone under the knife to treat their hair loss include actor James Nesbitt and top chef Gordon Ramsay.
But are hair transplants really the best solution for Male Pattern Baldness, and are they affordable for non-celebrities? Are there more effective solutions available that are more economical and don’t require invasive surgery?
How do hair transplants work?
Hair transplants work by removing healthy hair follicles from one side of the patient’s head and then surgically implanting them into an area of the scalp affected by hair loss. The number of hair follicles transplanted can vary depending on the level of hair loss, and therefore so too can the price. Typical fees for a hair transplant range from £5,000 to as much as £30,000 (it is reported that Rooney’s spent £32,000).
Though they can be successful in treating hair loss, the results achieved by hair transplant surgery are generally hit and miss, and depend very much on the surgeon that carries out the procedure and the price. Sometimes the grafted follicles do not ‘take’ to the new area of scalp, and the results may be less than satisfactory. In some circumstances, botched hair transplants can actually make the individual’s hair loss condition worse. Refunds are seldom given, though in the US a number of patients have successfully brought class action lawsuits against the transplant clinics responsible for their botched operations.
Are pharmaceutical hair loss treatments a better option?
The Belgravia Centre treats a number of high-profile clients with hair regrowth treatment courses, whose names are kept strictly confidential. There has been speculation in the press that some of these celebrities may have had a hair transplant because of the considerable improvement to their hair density. Unlike Rooney and some other celebrities, because of the slow and gradual improvement over time from the treatment programmes they use, there is no need for them to make their participation in regrowth treatments public. Rooney felt obligated to talk about his transplant because of the sudden change that would have been noticed by the public post-surgery.
Pharmaceutical treatments for hair loss are certainly more affordable than a hair transplant and can be just as effective in many cases. While there are some drugs and treatments out there which are unproven and generally ineffective in treating Male Pattern Baldness, there are two which are scientifically proven to work and if used and combined correctly for the individual case of hair loss, can be extremely effective.
Propecia and Minoxidil are pharmaceutical hair loss treatments which have been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and have been demonstrated in clinical trials and the real world to prevent hair loss from Male Pattern Baldness and re-grow hair.
Unlike hair transplants they do not require any invasive surgery and are accessible to virtually anyone, without the need for a Premier League footballer’s salary.
How can The Belgravia Centre help?
At The Belgravia Centre, our hair loss experts have achieved great results for thousands of hair loss sufferers from the use of individually tailored hair loss treatment programmes. We recommend the ideal treatments, quantities and combinations for each individual, and combine the pharmaceutical treatments with other clinical therapies and ‘hair growth boosters’ for optimum results.
If you’d like to see proof of the effectiveness of our treatments, simply have a look through the success stories on our website. To find out more about how we can treat your hair loss effectively and economically, get in touch with us for a free hair loss consultation with no obligation.
Alternatively, fill in our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme that can be posted anywhere in the world.