Dec’s Got Hair - What Is Going On?
Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak is often asked this simple question: is there a 'miracle' cure for baldness?
Or more accurately, is there a medicine which you can take that will help your hair to grow back?
Sadly the answer is no.
The only, assured long-term solution to male pattern baldness is a hair transplant.
However, there are medications that you can take which can halt the loss of hair, particularly during the early stages of male pattern baldness.
Dr Shahmalak often recommends use of the drug Finasteride or as it is also known Propecia to patients.
It won't make their hair grow back but it is effective in helping men to keep hold of the hair they already have.
Many men use Finasteride in conjunction with a hair transplant - so they top up their bald patch with a transplant and prevent future hair loss at the same time with Finasteride.
Finasteride is approved by the UK health regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), for treating hair loss in men.
There has been speculation that Declan Donnelly from TV's Ant And Dec has been taking Finesteride to halt his baldness.
You can read more about it here.