Eagle-eyed tennis fans may have noticed world number two Rafael Nadal looking a lot thinner on top during his match at Wimbledon last Thursday. Where the tennis ace once sported a thick, dark mane of hair, he is now showing distinct signs of a hair thinning, particularly around his parting.
Aged just 26, many people would be mistaken in believing that Nadal should be immune from hair loss. At his age, around one-quarter of men will experience some form of hair loss – often similar to the evident symptoms in the recent photographs of the tennis star.
Male Pattern Hair Loss is caused by a compound called DHT attacking the hair follicles, causing them to shrink and the attached hair to fall out. For men affected by the condition, testosterone (the male sex hormone) is broken down into DHT, to which their follicles are particularly sensitive. Androgenic Alopecia, to give pattern baldness its scientific name, is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women, and is caused by a number of different genetic predispositions.
Hair loss caused by Androgenic Alopecia also appears to accelerate under stressful conditions; men and women employed in particularly stressful occupations appear to experience quicker thinning of the hair. It is therefore entriely possible that the loss of the ATP top spot could have created conditions which resulted in Rafa’s thinner look.
Is it game, set and match for Rafa’s hairline?
The good news for Nadal is that although his hair loss appears to be inevitable, it is not necessarily untreatable – hair loss can be slowed significantly, and often reversed. Certain hair loss treatments have a proven track record of promoting hair regrowth, and many examples of their results can be found in The Belgravia Centre’s online archive of client success stories.
Patients at The Belgravia Centre benefit from world-class medications administered as part of a custom treatment programme, overseen by our own fully-qualified hair loss experts. A number of combinations of licensed treatments can be offered. At Belgravia we have seen many successes from using recommended preparations of high strength minoxidil for particularly stubborn areas of hair loss.
Hair loss treatments tend to be at their most effective when administered at the earliest possible opportunity. Fortunately, Nadal’s thinning appears to be in the relatively early stages of hair loss, offering a good prognosis if treatment is sought soon. The best advice for Nadal, or any other man concerned about his receding hairline, is to seek professional advice as soon as possible.
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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.