American actor Matthew McConaughey is best known for films such as How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and The Lincoln Lawyer. You may have also heard the rumours that have been circling for some time with regards to his apparent hair loss and subsequent regrowth.
Pull The Plug On Transplant Rumours
The Texas native has been rumoured to have had hair plugs, otherwise known as FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction, a surgical procedure where ‘plugs’ of hair are extracted from the back of the scalp (where male pattern hair loss does not effect) and transplanted onto the areas of hair loss atop the scalp. This is the most common form of hair transplant, as unlike strip surgery, where a strip of skin is removed from the back of the head, it leaves no scarring.
However, the actor revealed in the March issue of Elle magazine that he has in fact been using a hair loss treatment to get his hair back. Whilst we can’t comment on the effectiveness of the 31 year old’s chosen treatment, we do know that a medically backed hair loss treatment programme should always be the first method to try before a hair transplant is attempted.
The actor also had some other interesting advice, although we’re a bit sceptical about its effectiveness! He explained: “If you want your hair to be thicker, cut it when the moon is about to be full – a heavy, full, waxing moon.”
It is generally recommended that a treatment plan that contains at least one of the medications licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss is tried for six months before a transplant is considered. Many men believe that a transplant is the only effective way to tackle hair loss, but by using a plan containing Propecia and minoxidil, hair can often be regrown and the natural progression of hair loss halted.
Treatment Before Transplant
Finasteride 1mg – a drug commonly known by its first original brand name, Propecia – and minoxidil work in different ways, so are highly complementary when taken together. Finasteride 1mg helps to stop all over thinning of scalp hair by blocking the effects of powerful androgen DHT, which causes follicle miniaturisation in those genetically predisposed to pattern hair loss. Minoxidil is a vasodilating substance that can take care of a receding hairline and other areas of stubborn loss such as a thinning crown, when recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil are applied directly to the affected area(s) either once or twice per day, as recommended.
Of course, McConaughey can combine his hair loss treatment with many other complementary additions that combine to create a comprehensive hair care and regrowth plan. For instance, the FDA cleared LaserComb is a device that emits a low power laser to stimulate deep into scalp and encourage a faster rate of regrowth. There is also the option of taking the supplement Hair Vitalics, which ensures that even a busy actor like McConaughey is getting the right vitamins and minerals for optimum hair growth.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.