Each year during Wimbledon Belgravia finds itself being tagged in many a social media post regarding tennis players with hair loss.
From Andy Murray to Roger Federer, Twitter users in particular like to point these sporting greats in the direction of our clinics in case they want to take action in reversing their male pattern hair loss.
This year’s epic men’s singles match, which saw two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal knocked out by 16th seed Gilles Muller, prompted a number of these such comments.
Did Nadal have a hair transplant?
For many years people have been commenting on the thinning hair Nadal has been experiencing along his vertex. This is a classic sign of male pattern baldness, which only affects the top of the scalp and/or hairline. It became noticeable in Nadal when he was in his 20’s and, as is common, became progressively worse.
In November 2016 it was reported in the media that Rafa Nadal was considering a hair transplant to recover his hair. Eight months on from this, it does seem as if Nadal’s thinning on top is looking in slightly better shape. Whilst clearly still visible, the Spaniard does appear to have a slightly increased hair density – but whether this is the result of hair transplant surgery is debatable.
When considering surgical hair restoration, men are often advised by their surgeon to follow a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment course for a minimum of six months before the operation. The apparent hair growth visible in comparison to the tennis star’s previous Wimbledon appearance in 2016 could be the work of either or both of the clinically-proven hair loss treatments for men, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.
These types of courses are also recommended as after-care following a hair transplant in order to prevent the hair around the newly implanted grafts from shedding. Whilst the results from a hair transplant can take up to 12 months to become clear – assuming the grafts take properly – the hairs around the top of the head and hairline that were not replaced remain subject to hair loss. This is because the DHT that causes thinning hair in cases of genetic balding is still produced and therefore the hairs in the sensitive areas remain susceptible.
Gilles Muller’s hair loss
Nadal’s opponent, Gilles Muller, also showed such clear signs of hair loss that he was described by BBC commentators as ‘receding’. Muller’s male pattern hair loss appears to be at a fairly advanced stage with thinning on top as well as a receding hairline.
Whilst the German player does not seem troubled by losing his hair, he does play with a cap on to protect his visible scalp from the sun. If he wanted to provide his head with more natural coverage from the sun, his stage and pattern of hair loss looks like it is still at the level where a bespoke treatment course featuring recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil could help to regrow his hair.
By combining this topical drug with the oral DHT-blocking tablet finasteride 1mg and adding in appropriate hair growth boosters to complement the action of these medications, as well as to encourage healthy hair growth, could help in reversing his male pattern hair loss and preventing baldness in future.
If you are experiencing thinning hair on top or a receding hairline like Nadal or Muller, professional advice is available during a free consultation. An experienced hair loss specialist can provide a diagnosis of your condition and talk you through effective, proven options for regrowing hair without surgery, so that you are fully informed of your choices.
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.