Wednesday, January 28, 2015

'Dr. Spencer Reid' Shows Early Signs of Hair Loss

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For 1/3 of all men, hair loss begins in their 30s. This is typically seen first as recession in the temporal points, and Matthew Gray Gubler is a good example. At 34 years old, he's already showing signs of hairline recession in the temporal points, as better observed in these photos

Matthew, best known as Dr. Spencer Reid in CBS's Criminal Minds, is also starring in the film Suburban Gothic, out on Friday.

Early intervention is the key to stopping hair loss in its tracks - that's why it's important for men in their 30s to consult with a board-certified hair restoration specialist, even before they notice signs of thinning (once hair loss becomes visible, 50% of strands have already been lost). A hair restoration professional can test you to see if you're genetically predisposed to male pattern hair loss, as well as evaluate other health/lifestyle factors that may contribute to hair loss. They can also begin preventive treatments ahead of time. Hopefully, Matthew is already seeing a qualified doctor - if not, he should consider doing so soon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Recession Alert - Joe Anderson

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Joe Anderson may only be 32, but he's already showing signs of considerable hairline recession. See this still from his upcoming movie, Supremacy:

Hairline recession in your 30s isn't uncommon, in fact over 30% of all men will experience it during this period of their lives. However, by taking the proper steps, men can prevent hair loss from worsening and, in many cases, they can also restore those areas of the scalp where hair loss has already occurred. Medically tested treatments like finasteride, minoxidil, platelet-rich plasma or PRP, and low level laser therapy are just some of the treatments men can undergo to protect their hairlines. 

By consulting with a board-certified hair restoration specialist early on, men can protect their hairlines against the aging process.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How Hair Loss Ages the Face - George Costanza Edition

For the past few years, I've given a number of lectures at medical conferences where I've discussed how the hairline provides a natural frame for the face, and this is one of the main reasons why baldness or thinning gives the impression that people are older than they are.

For a good example of this, take a look at these two photos of the actor Jason Alexander:

Which of these photos do you think was taken in 2012? And which in 2004?

The top photo, of Jason with hair, is actually the older photo - he's about 53 in that one. But in spite of the fact that Jason is eight years younger in the bottom picture, he looks considerably older - and all because of his missing hair. 

A full and healthy hairline is important for framing the face, giving it proportionality and a sense of vitality and vigor. This is particularly true for women. In order to prevent this type of hair loss, it's important to visit a qualified hair restoration specialist early on. Don't wait until hair loss becomes extensive before seeking treatment - the early you act, the better your chances are of restoring your lost hair and preventing further recession.

*Both photos provided by PR Photos.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jude Law's Mysterious Hairline

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Is Jude Law undergoing treatment to stop his hair loss?

The 42-year old actor's hairline has been in the spotlight for a number of years now, due to his highly noticeable temporal point recession which began while he was quite young, but what's interesting is that the hair loss, which is quite extensive in the frontal part of the hairline, doesn't appear to exist at the vertex. Most male pattern hair loss cases follow a typical pattern, as diagrammed by the Norwood Classification Chart. Once a patient sees this type of deep recession in the temporal region, it often progresses further and includes baldness in the vertex. In Jude's case, however, the recession stops at the temporal points, doesn't seem to progress beyond that. 

It's possible Jude might be undergoing a treatment like Propecia to keep the hair he has, or he's using concealers to hide thinning which is occurring elsewhere.

Jude stars in a new movie out tomorrow, called "Black Sea."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Recession Alert - Josh Lucas

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Is Josh Lucas's hairline receding? The 43-year old actor has a new film out this week, called "Little Accidents," but recent photos show what appears to be deep recession along the frontal hairline.

It's estimated that 40% of men in their 40s experience hair loss, so Josh's hair loss is normal for his age. However, if he were to get proactive about treatments, he could stop it in its tracks and rebuild his hairline. Treatments like Propecia, Formula 82M, PRP are a just a few of the ways to restore an aging hairline. NeoGraft FUE can also help when the damage is more extensive.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Liam Neeson's Non-Stop Hair

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The latest installment in the hit 'Taken' franchise hits theaters this week, and it's amazing that at the age of 62, Liam Neeson is probably a bigger action star on the big screen than he's ever been. But even more amazing is how well his hair line is holding up with age. 

By the age of 60, few men have a full and healthy hair line without some help. Every celebrity is different in how they choose to address the problem - John Travolta has reportedly used wigs, LeBron James has his headband, and some stars, like Jeremy Piven, have been seen with noticeable scarring likely caused by outdated hair transplant procedures. In the case of Mr. Neeson, it's clear he's been doing something to keep the recession at bay (possibly finasteride, minoxidil - maybe even a well-done micro-surgical hair transplant) - and it's working quite well. Compared with other stars the same age, his hair is holding up remarkably well.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Four Things I Hope We See in 2015

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Well, it's another year - and that means it's time for those year-end retrospectives and new year forecasts. 2014 was certainly an interesting year for hair - from hipster facial hair transplants to a promising new treatment for alopecia universalis. 

So what will 2015 bring? While I'm sure we'll see a wide range of new celebrity hair styles, gossip over leading men's possibly receding hair lines, new hair loss treatments, etc. - however, if it was up to me, here are four things I'd especially like to see this year:

  1. More Openness About Hair Loss - Almost everyone (men, women, old, young) will eventually be touched by hair loss. It's just a part of life. But no one has to accept baldness as their fate - there are so many highly effective medical treatment options available that going bald really is optional. What I hope for this year is that more public figures will openly discuss their hair loss and the efforts they've used to treat it. Whether it's LeBron James, Gordon Ramsay, Bradley Cooper, etc. any one of these leading figures could do wonders for the general public simply by admitting their own battles with male pattern hair loss.
  2. Better Education and Support for FPHL - At least 30 million US women suffer from hair loss, and that is a very conservative estimate. Like men, women can be genetically predisposed to hair loss - but there are also a number of other potential causes, from hormonal changes to health/diet, medications, etc. Since female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is more closely linked to depression and social alienation than it is in men, more openness, education and support for these women is one of my top hopes for 2015.
  3. Understanding the Need for Hair Loss Specialization - As hair loss treatments have improved over the years, a number of non-specialists have entered the field, offering a wide range of services that they have received very little training in. Hair loss can be difficult to treat unless the physician specializes in this field - and this is particularly true when it comes to performing micro-surgical hair transplants. Hopefully in 2015, more consumers will do the due diligence on their doctors before seeking treatment - that means checking for board-certifications, medical training and experience for specific treatments, before-and-afters of prior patients, etc.
  4. Stop Promoting Hair Extensions - For anyone who's followed my work over the years, you'll know that I'm a strong critic of hair extensions. These can do so much damage to women's hair, it's disturbing to see how they continue to be promoted - often by leading female celebrities, fashion designers and hair stylists. Hopefully in 2015, more women will realize the long-term damage these tresses can cause.