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Declan Donnelly – No Hair Transplant (But May Use Hair Loss Treatment)

Ant and Dec at The NTA's 2012 The Belgravia Centre

Ant and Dec (right) at the National Television Awards 2012

A little while ago we reported that Declan Donnelly – Dec, of Ant and Dec fame – had been rumoured to have had a hair transplant or some other form of hair loss treatment.

Now, a source close to the star has come forward to put the record straight on the popular presenter’s hair loss and apparent re-growth.

At the end of January, the unnamed source told The Sun that, “Declan has certainly not had a transplant.” Some in the media, The Sun included, have speculated in the past that Dec’s changing hairline might have been the result of a surgical procedure, though this was based entirely on speculation.

According to The Sun, Dec had, “set tongues wagging by appearing at the National Television Awards on Wednesday night with a luxuriant head of hair – a far cry from his previous thinning mop.

The source went on to say that, “He knows his hairline is receding and has taken some steps to tackle it. There are all sorts of remedies out there you can get, including tablets and shampoos. He’s not exactly kept it a secret. He was even joking about it at the NTAs (National Television Awards) as people he hadn’t seen for a while had noticed the change.”

The source does not appear to have gone on record saying that Dec is definitely taking the aforementioned tablets and shampoos, but according to The Sun, “He is understood to have opted for a mix of special one-a-day tablets of hair growth chemical and shampoo… one tablet he is likely to have started taking is Propecia.”

What is Propecia and how does it work?

Propecia is one of only two pharmaceutical treatments which have been scientifically proven to actively stabilise and reverse hair loss due to Male Pattern Baldness. It works by inhibiting formation of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase in the body, which in turn prevents the formation of the natural chemical Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is this DHT which is responsible for the shrinking of hair follicles to an almost microscopic level, thus leading to the appearance of hair loss. By reducing levels of DHT in the body, Propecia can effectively keep Male Pattern Baldness at bay, and give it a chance to re-grow.

If Declan Donnelly is indeed using Propecia to treat his hair loss condition, then he should be reassured by the fact that it has been licensed for this purpose by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency(MHRA) here in the UK, and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The only other pharmaceutical treatment to receive this recognition is Minoxidil.

For many people, Propecia, and Minoxidil, are a far better way of dealing with hair loss due to Male Pattern Baldness than having and expensive hair transplant. Hair Transplants can also be risky, as they are a form of invasive surgery, and what’s more, no guarantees are provided that they will work, despite their often £6,000+ price tag. In fact Propecia is often given to people after they have had a hair transplant.

It’s likely that Dec is taking Propecia as part of a comprehensive treatment programme which includes a variety of complementary hair loss treatments. This would involve first a diagnosis, to assess and evaluate the state of the hair loss, followed by the recommendation of a number of treatments.

Hair loss treatments at The Belgravia Centre

This is what we do at The Belgravia Centre. We treat each case of hair loss individually, and rather than prescribing a single ‘miracle cure’ for all, we take time to identify the treatments which will work best for the individual with hair loss. As well as Propecia and Minoxidil, we may recommend a course of clinical treatments, such as laser and infra-red light therapy, steam and massage treatments.

We also use hair growth boosters to stimulate the follicles and ensure that your hair is at optimum health. These include FDA cleared HairMax LaserCombs – a handheld laser device for use on the scalp – and our own Hair Vitalics nutritional supplement.

If like Dec you suffer from Male Pattern Baldness or another hair loss condition, you can take steps to prevent further hair loss and re-grow the hair you’ve lost. To find out more about our hair loss treatments contact us today for a no obligation consultation. Alternatively, fill in our online diagnostic form to receive a home use treatment programme, wherever you are in the world.

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