Prince William’s hair loss
Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak was contacted by the Daily Mail newspaper last week about Prince William's hair loss.
The Daily Mail had noticed just how advanced our future king's male pattern baldness was on his recent trip to America.
They asked Dr Shahmalak to give his verdict on various remedies to help with the Duke of Cambridge's baldness.
You can see just how bald he is from the piece Crown Clinic did with the Daily Express earlier this year:
Our piece also showed what 32-year-old Prince William's hair will look like when he turns 50.
Here are Dr Shahmalak's views on cures for Prince William's baldness
Prince Williams needs to act fast if he is going to cure his baldness with a hair transplant. He is already suffering from significant male pattern baldness and there comes a time when it is too late for a hair transplant if the patient has lost too much of his natural hair.
Prince William would benefit from a procedure if he acts quickly. There are two procedures he can have - Follicular Unit Extraction, which has been used by celebrities such as Wayne Rooney. This is where the hair follicles are removed individually from the back or side of the scalp and transplanted in the balding area on the top of the scalp. Small red pin pricks are visible on the back of the scalp from the harvesting but these soon go away. The new hair will grow back between six months and a year after the procedure.
The second procedure is Follicular Unit Traction. This is the method used by celebrities such as Christian Jessen from the medical show Embarrassing Bodies. A strip of hair is surgically removed from the back or side of the scalp. Follicles are harvested from this strip and then replanted into the balding area. There can be minor scarring where the strip is removed but this is not likely to be visible on a patient such as Prince William who does not wear his hair short.
I would say that Prince William would need at least two procedures to significantly restore his hair. Wayne Rooney has also had two hair transplants and he has managed to maintain a decent covering of hair across the front of his scalp. Without these procedures Wayne would be almost as bald as Prince William.
Hair tattoo or scalp micropigmentation is unlikely to be suitable for a patient such as Prince William. That is because it tends only to be carried on men who wear their hair shaved - a short Number 1 or Number 2 cut. The tattoo fills in any balding areas on a man's crew cut. So unless Prince William wants to start covering up his baldness by shaving his head, I cannot see this method being suitable. The tattoo will fade over time so after 18 months to two years Prince William would need to go for a top up otherwise the tattooed area might not be a good match for the remaining natural hair on his shaven head.
A hair weave is where new hair is blended in or weaved together with existing hair to cover up baldness. Again Prince William is unlikely to be suitable for such a procedure unless he wants to grow his hair substantially. His hair at present is just too short for a weave. Hair weaves also need regular maintenance - he would need to go back to a specialist regularly for the weave to continue to look good.
Clinically proven hair loss drugs such as Propecia also known Finasteride
Prince William could hang on to the rest of his natural hair and effectively halt his baldness by taking a clinically proven hair loss drug such as Propecia, also known as Finasteride.
"This is the drug that Justin Bieber suggest that Prince William use to combat his baldness.
"Hair loss is a continual natural process by, in taking Propecia, Prince William would halt this natural loss. The one drawback with Propecia is that around 2% of patients suffer side effects such as a reduced libido.