Throughout the years, many people have suggested new treatments or cures for hair loss.
Take David Luiz, the curly-haired Chelsea footballer, who claimed he had found a doctor that would take cells from his hip and “relocate” them to the scalp upon the first signs of his hair thinning.
The latest figure to emerge with their own theory on regrowing hair is Anthony Smith, an 80-year-old resident of Ewell, Surrey. He asserts in an interview with his local newspaper, that he has created a cure for baldness, which he has been trialling on himself.
What’s in his solution?
His secret is … well, secret. While Smith hasn’t given away any details regarding which ingredients he has selected, he claims the formula contains many that are “natural”.
But why did the octogenarian decide to delve into the world of hair loss? His past experiences of working in a laboratory, albeit not as a chemist, certainly inspired him. Another possible influence may stem from personal experience. Mr Smith acknowledged that he began losing his hair as he grew older – as many men do. By the age of 80, roughly 80% of men will have noticeable signs of male pattern hair loss.
Describing the results of his product, Mr Smith noted, “That hair at the front – I didn’t have any coming through at all before.” He continued, “You can see very, very fine follicles coming through; I’m very optimistic that one day I shall have a full head of hair“.
The former lab worker confidently remarked, “as I say, if you were to see my hair you would see how I can claim that it’s working . . . it’s the miracle solution for baldness, pardon the pun“.
Hair loss treatments for older men
Discussing the long-term plan of his formula, he suggested, “Men have been looking for hair restorer for how many years? This is the sort of things if a firm got hold of it they could make a fortune“.
Unfortunately for the pensioner, he’s already been beaten to the chase.
There are two clinically-proven, non-surgical hair loss treatments that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. Whilst each can be used separately, specialists at Belgravia often incorporate both of these drugs into personalised hair loss treatment courses for men looking to restore their hair.
The former, finasteride 1mg – which can only be used by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over, is a one-a-day pill that works by preventing the formation of DHT, the hormone responsible for causing thinning hair and receding in cases of hereditary hairloss. Meanwhile, high-strength minoxidil increases blood circulation and is applied directly to the scalp once or twice a day as advised, in order to actively encourage hair growth.
When discussing how he created his hair growth formula, the 80-year-old noted that he had been “experimenting for many years” and would “try something for three months and if it doesn’t work I try something else“. However, it is important to remember that hair loss treatments require time and consistency in order to be as effective as possible. We sometimes find that clients presenting with results that are less than they had hoped for, admit to not using their treatment regularly. When they do start to be more consistent, however, they often see the benefit of doing so when comparing photo-scans at their next check-up.
Some patients may witness noticeable changes within 4 months, while for others – usually those in the more advanced stages of balding – the process might take 12 months or more. This is why Belgravia generally recommends following a treatment regime for at least six months in order to adequately judge how a patient is responding.
One crucial point to note here is that Mr. Smith – as with the majority of men his age – has extremely advanced male pattern baldness, with his thinning on top looking tricky in terms of treatment options. Once a man’s hair has fallen out and the skin takes on a smooth, shiny appearance, this is a sign that he is truly bald and the follicles are no longer capable of producing hair. In these instances treatment is not productive as the follicles cannot be stimulated back into production.
It is hard to tell for sure from his pictures in the Epsom newspaper article, but it does seem highly unlikely that any product would be able to restore his hair at this stage, not least because there are upper age limits for hair loss treatments which Anthony has sadly passed. Belgravia’s cut-off point for new clients is currently 70-years-old.
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.