UPDATE 4th June 2011 – Rooney Tweets about hair transplant (click for story)
Wayne Rooney’s hair loss proves two things – that even the young, rich and famous are not exempt from the effects of male pattern baldness. But they could be…
Manchester United’s striker may only be 22 but his hair loss is said to be causing him a lot of anxiety. Rooney’s undeniably getting a little thin on top and reports say that his team mates have nicknamed him Bobby Charlton in reference to the bald head of the Manchester United legend. Despite men’s apparent nonchalant attitude to hair loss, most men are extremely stressed about it privately and at 23, Rooney is unlikely to be an exception.
Male pattern baldness can strike in men during puberty but because it is a gradual progressive condition, the effects may not be fully acknowledged until later years. About two-thirds of the male population will be subjected to male pattern baldness by the time they’re 40.
Rooney’s hair loss displays the classic male pattern baldness symptoms – thinning hair and a receding hair line. However, there is a solution to male pattern baldness and treatment can effectively put a stop to any further hair loss and may actually regrow the hair that has been lost.
Propecia has been extensively proven to be the best medication for dealing with male hair loss. It is approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy and Propecia, along with minoxidil (the only other FDA-approved treatment for hair loss) are both safe for professional sportsmen to use.
Perhaps the reason Rooney hasn’t sought treatment yet is because Propecia was banned by use in professional sportsmen up until the start of the year. Finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia, was thought to disguise the use of banned anabolic steroids but The World Anti-Doping Agency lifted the ban on 1st January 2009.
The Belgravia Centre’s in-house pharmacy is licensed to formulate its own extra-strength minoxidil with added anti-androgens which may help in the absence of Propecia. This could have been an option for Rooney as minoxidil is a regrowth stimulant. If the follicles are not yet dormant (Rooney’s early stages of hair loss suggest his are not), it can regenerate hair growth. The anti-androgens in the Belgravia Centre’s minoxidil solutions may also be helpful in preventing further hair loss. Rooney’s other options could have been the use of the HairMax LaserComb, a home-use FDA-approved hair loss treatment device which also generates hair growth (but in a different way to minoxidil), and maybe even the use of hair supplements to provide the hair follicles with the nutrients they to produce healthy hair growth.
Because Rooney is so young, he would most likely respond successfully to a combination treatment course consisting primarily of the proven medications. His hair loss process has been rapid but it means many of his hairs are most probably still present, but just thinner than before – this is the ideal situation for hair regrowth.
For more information on the treatments available to you, you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss specialist, or you can just complete Belgravia’s on-line diagnostic form which provides us with all of the details we need to diagnose your hair loss condition and recommend an effective course of home-use treatment.