Christine Hsu | Jul 12, 2012 02:47 PM EDT
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Drug Used By Wayne Rooney Linked to Impotence and Smaller
hair-loss drug that is reportedly used by renowned soccer player
Wayne Rooney could cause permanent impotence and even shrink male
genitals, scientists warned.
Researchers at George Washington University have linked Propecia,
also called finasteride, to some dire side effects like erectile
dysfunction, decreased sex drive and trouble reaching orgasm.
latest warning comes after one patient reported that the drug left
him with no sex drive and shriveled his genitals.
Malley, 30, who was worried that he could be losing his hair was
prescribed Propecia in May 2011 but after taking the drug for only
five months, not only had he became completely impotent, his
testes had also become smaller.
consulting his doctor, he was told that the symptoms would
disappear after he stopped taking the drug, but now, a year after
he stopped taking Propecia, nothing has changed.
story will come as no surprise to Dr. Michael Irwig from the
University of Washington, who recently
published a study in the Journal of
study revealed that the finasteride, an antiandrogen that treats
hair loss and is used in the male pattern baldness drug Propecia,
manufactured by Merck and was approved by the FDA in 1997, can
trigger persistent sexual dysfunction, including low sexual
desire, erectile dysfunction and problems with orgasms.
said he began noticing that many of the men had also reported
sexual dysfunction for months even after stopping the medication.
across a website called propeciahelp.com with more than 1,400
registered users-many young healthy men who developed the same
sexual side effects from finasteride-and I discovered that nobody
had published a series looking at these men, who they are, how long
the sexual side effects lasted, what types," he said.
interviewed 71 men between the ages of 21 and 46 to assess how
long they took Propecia, the type of duration of their sexual
effects as well as their sexual frequency before and after the
found that 94 percent of the men in the study had developed low
libido, 92 per cent developed erectile dysfunction and decreased
arousal, and 69 per cent developed problems with orgasm.
turns out that almost all the men had multiple sexual function
problems. Before finasteride use, the men experienced average
sexual activity of approximately 26 episodes per month, but after
use, it came down to approximately eight per month - an almost
two-thirds reduction," he said.
per cent of patients I interviewed experienced persistent sexual
dysfunction for more than five years, which makes me wonder if
their persistent sexual dysfunction is permanent," he added.
Mel Gibson, In
The Belgravia Centre Blog:
Today the press has been covering a story about Mel Gibson's
hair - it seems to be thicker than it was a couple of years
ago. What could have been the reason for this reversal?
Leonora Doclis, Belgravia's senior trichologist says,
"there's a good chance Mel's hair line has been restored by
surgery " a hair transplant, or non-surgical hair
replacement could be the answer. But the density of his hair
on top could well have been restored using a combination of
the medically proven treatments. Areas of complete hair loss
are not usually possible to restore from treatments, but
over the top his hair's just thinning. It's most likely
there has been a combination of some form of hair
replacement, and hair regrowth treatments."
More on Mel from:
Mel and the hair that was lost and found...
Last updated at 17:10 21 July 2006
Mel's greying (SIC), thinning crew cut of two years ago (L) and
the thick, dark head of hair today (R)
For aging Hollywood
heartthrobs, little beats the indignity of a steadily receding
hairline. As Mel Gibson, it seems, would testify.
The 50-year-old actor
appears to have experienced a quite miraculous transformation in
the trichological department.
And where, just a few
years ago, the Braveheart star boasted a decidedly thinning mane -
and two quite prominent bald side patches - today he is the proud
owner of a veritable expanse of hair.
Instead of a greying,
thinning crew cut of two years ago, the casually attired double
Oscar winner was photographed with a thick, dark head of hair.
Grinning from ear to
ear, as the star emerged from the hairdressers with his new
hairstyle, there were rumours that he may have more than mother
nature to thank for his new look.
Last night, Leonora
Doclis from the Belgravia Trichological centre in London, said:
?There is no way to be absolutely sure exactly what Mel has had
done but it is certainly possible to get this kind of result with
He has probably had
either a hair transplant or a top-of-the-range hair piece put in.
With a hairpiece - what in the olden days was known as a toupee -
the best, most natural looking hair would be made up to give him
Individual grey hairs
can be added to match up exactly with his own hair, giving him the
natural salt and pepper look which he has here.
This method needs
maintaining every two to three weeks, but with someone of Mel
Gibson's stature and means, this is possible.
The other alternative
is a transplant. A unit transplant, costing up to $16,000,
involves hair follicles being taken from the side of the head,
where hair is naturally thickest, and inserted onto the thinning
Any scarring would be
largely invisible. Whatever he has had done, Mel definitely looks
the better for it.?
Of course, Gibson's
rapid hair growth may be down to nothing more than a trick of the
light. But, if not, other methods of hair replacement include
creams, gels and colour sprays.
With spray cans,
specially made dyes are applied to bald spots, to 'fill in' the
unsightly pink patch. Readily bought over-the-counter, they last
only a few weeks.
containing the chemical beta catenin, are another option. When
rubbed into the scalp the 'miracle' creams promise to reprogram
hairless adult skin to grow new hair follicles. Male pattern hair
loss is a combination of genetic factors and the influence of male
hormones. As such, cosmetic products containing limited amounts of
hair stimulating chemicals, are not guaranteed to work and
scientists are still unable to discover a definitive cure for
While Gibson has not
publicly admitted to having had a hair transplant, he would not be
the first celebrity to undergo hair restoration treatment.
Usually the preserve
of sportsmen, cricketers Shane Warne, Graham Gooch and rugby
international, Austin Healey, have all endorsed hair replacement
creams - much to the amusement of the rest of the sporting world.
Sir Elton John, who
started going bald around twenty years ago, is perhaps the most
famous hair transplant recipient. He underwent a series of
procedures after becoming fed-up with wigs.
Matthew McConaughey, In The News:
Matthew McConaughey has had a hair transplant to restore hair in
the frontal area of his head. In 1999, McConaughey had a
dramatically thinning hairline with signs of balding. In 2005, the
actor regained a full head of hair with none of the male pattern
baldness that was underway a few years earlier. This
transformation is likely to have been achieved by a hair
The actor explained in
an interview with David Letterman that his sudden hair growth as
being the result of using a topical hair growth product called
Regenix. To date, there are no non-surgical treatments that can
restore a man's hairline other than surgery.
The following article
is reprinted from Make Me Heal's "Celebrity Plastic Surgery News".
blockbusters just around the corner, Make Me Heal takes a look at
some of the plastic surgery currently playing in theaters, before
the studios bring out the big releases.
New father Matthew
McConaughey is known for his killer abs and receding hairline. In
his new movie, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, both are readily on
has long struggled with hair loss (See Make Me Heal's story on
Matthew McConaughey's Hair Transplant), but recently, it has been
looking better than ever.
expert Dr. Alan Bauman reveals, "Matthew's hair has been on the
rebound for a while now. Publicly, to my knowledge, he's denied
surgical intervention and equates the regrowth to a magical
topical potion. However, physicians will agree, nothing grows hair
on bald skin except hair transplantation. Even Propecia, which
works 90% of the time, is designed for the long haul, keeping the
hair you have, NOT re-growth of the hairline. Contrary to popular
opinion, today's hair transplant procedures can be performed
comfortably, reliably and efficiently. Not to mention,
undetectably. This means that the transplanted hairlines of today,
if performed with an artistic eye, can mimic the feathery, wavy
randomized look of a natural hairline (i.e. NOT 'pluggy'). And
because the transplanted hair is living and growing (also
permanent, by the way), he can shampoo, wash, cut, swim, etc., all
without the hassle and maintenance of a hairpiece, which would be
an artificial solution to the hair loss problem. Advanced
minimally-invasive techniques, like the FUE (Follicular-Unit
Extraction) performed with devices like the NeoGraft, also allow
for procedures that require no scalpel, no stitches and leave no
linear scar give hair transplant patients more options for
hair-styling. FUE procedures allow the surgeon to extract hair
follicles or groups of follicles individually, without a linear
New York plastic
surgeon Dr. David Shafer says, "It sure looks like Matthew has
more hair now than he did in the past. It is a nice result."
It also looks like
Matthew McConaughey may have dabbled in Botox and facial fillers,
as his face looks wrinkle-free considering all the time he spends
frolicking in the sun.
Getting Arrested is Not Enough for
The following article
is reprinted from Celebrity Plastic Surgery News. The article,
along with photos can be found at the following link: Getting
Arrested is Not Enough for Matthew McConaughey.
Way back in October of
1999, Matthew was arrested for noise pollution and possession of
drugs. The drug accusation was dropped, but he did plead guilty
for being too noisy. He was playing the drums. Well, for this How
to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star, it is about that time again--those
drums weren't loud enough for Matthew McConaughey.
He must be a fan of
Tom Hanks, or at least Tom Hanks' hair because he seems to be
following in his footsteps, or in more correct terms, following in
Tom Hanks' hairline. As found on an article called "McConaughey's
Miracle Hair," written by Shana Liebman, McConaughey once told
David Letterman that his resprouting is the result of the topical
biopharmaceutical Regenix. Well, we could go out and tell all men
suffering under a case of male pattern baldness to go and buy the
product, but we would be misleading them.
There are reasons to
discount this information about any hair re-growing products. One,
he had been losing his hair quickly and badly, so he had to do
something fast to replace his worn-down look. Two, now his hair
looks great and even fuller than it did before. Coincidence? You
decide. Just by using the naked eye, we can see that his hair has
remarkably improved since his photo from 1999 when he was 31 just
around the time where baldness kicks in. If he hadn't done
anything to his hair, he should not have a lot now. However, that
is obviously not the case. His hair actually looks better than
Okay, his hair looks
great, but that doesn't prove anything, right? It may seem that
way, as hair transplants can be very expensive. But as we all
know, money is not a problem for celebrities, and that includes
McConaughey. One man named Duncan Robinson, who is from the Hair
Club for Men said, "We think he got them from a place called New
Hair Institute." It is possible that he got a transplant in
conjunction with using Regenix, as some people doubt that his
great hair came from surgery alone. But whatever he used or did to
his hair, there is one thing for certain. He definitely looks
In The News:
Brendan Fraser's Hair Transplant Makes Debut
July 11, 2008 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Jet H. Ross
Brendan Fraser has
long been a sex symbol and his lush, full head of hair has been
the focus of many of his roles, from Encino Man to the Mummy
series. This Friday marks Brendan's return to the big screen in
the family-friendly remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth
and provides a look at his latest hair treatment
When Brendan was
photographed without any false hair a few years back, his severely
thinning hair was very much in evidence. Hair restoration expert,
Dr. Alan Bauman says, "Obviously with a significant amount of
hereditary hair loss going on, he hasn't been taking his ,Vitamin
P, (Propecia or Finasteride), or didn't start soon enough.
In addition to not
warding off his hair loss, Brendan has actually made his hair loss
worse by wearing hairpieces for his film roles as well as public
appearances. Glue and tape used to attach hair devices weaken
hair. Dr. Bauman says, "Hair loss in the frontal hairline can be
caused by the progression of hereditary hair loss, and accelerated
by the chronic use of tape or glue used to attach the front of
hairpieces onto that area, which we know Fraser has used for years
both on screen and off."
Dr. Bauman also notes
that, "Coming up on his 40th birthday, he's reached the average
age for hair restoration surgery (39.5) according to the ISHRS
(International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery)."
We sympathize with
Brendan's hair loss trauma, but tends to agree with Dr. Bauman's
comparison of Brendan's former hairpiece with the one Tom Hanks
sported in The Da Vinci Code.
At a recent premiere
of his film, Brendan appeared without a hairpiece and with rather
obvious plugs instead, which showed an awful lot of forehead. This
could be the result of an old transplant done by a plastic surgeon
that does not specialize in hair transplants.
Dr. Bauman explains,
"Often, actors will use a combination of non-medical techniques to
achieve a youthful hairline and adequate scalp coverage under the
'bright lights.' Many times, this means front-heavy toupees (like
in the case of John Travolta) which simply do not look natural.
Unfortunately, too few are under the care of physicians who have
specialty training in the field of hair loss and hair
restoration, which would enable them to more effectively hang on to
their own living and growing hair, and help restore it
undetectably with modern methods of transplantation, if need be.
Hairpiece 'transitions' are never straightforward, presenting many
technical and psychological obstacles. Having helped my own
father, who had extensive hair loss, transition out of his
hairpiece years ago using hair transplantation (three sessions, to
be exact) taught me a great deal about the process."
hair is not looking well right now, Dr. Bauman says that it is not
too late to correct the situation. A new transplant could result
in a more natural appearance.
Dr. Bauman advises,
"However, it is not beyond help. A new transplant would 'touch-up'
the density by adding new follicles into the thinning area, and
also the addition of more acutely angulated follicular-unit grafts
would help hide the 'grafty' appearance of the previously
transplanted groupings of hairs, which are easily seen from the
side. In stark contrast, today's microsurgical 'follicular unit'
transplants are NOT performed using rows of grafts. Modern methods
allow the transplanted hairs to be artistically angulated and
placed one-by-one into a completely natural direction delivering
both naturalness and coverage.
But mostly, in Fraser,
it is the shape of the temporal part of the hairline which tends
to 'draw the eye' and look unnatural from afar. Hair
transplantation performed today would utilize the 'follicluar-unit
micrografting' method, which duplicates how hair follicles
naturally grow in the scalp (mostly 1, 2 or 3 hair groups) and a
hairline shape could be designed to more closely mimic one that
mother nature would normally create herself."
Brenden would benefit
greatly by using the Profuse Follicular Duplication System™
(PFDS™) Protocol to thicken and fill in
the area with more hair without surgery
In The News:
The National Enquirer points out that Kevin Costner's
got a fuller head of hair when compared to just six months ago. He
also put on a few pounds. They quote an expert who say the aging
actor had a hair transplant:
The 52 year-old actor was
photographed on Sept. 11, 2006, with a visibly receding
hairline, but just six months later, on March 14, Kevin showed
up o the red carpet with a
full-looking head of hair. And insiders wonder if he underwent
the procedure to keep himself looking young for his 33-year-old
"In my opinion, there's definitely a chance," hair transplant
surgeon Dr. Craig Ziering, who hasn't treated Kevin, told The
"The only thing that would make this kind of change, in a
six-month period, would be a hair transplant procedure.
[From The National Enquirer
print edition, April 2,
I think he looked much hotter before. I've always had a thing
for bald guys, and too much hair is unattractive to me. There's
something really sexy about a receding hairline that's done with
style and a bold close cut. Men who are balding are said to have
more testosterone, and maybe that's why I'm into that. Back when I
was single my friends would point out a cute guy and I'd be like
"You can have him, he's got too much hair for me."
TMZ had a feature this weekend, "Fake or Real," in which they
pointed out Matthew McConaughey's well-done hair transplant. Now
that's a guy with hair I would make an exception for.
In The News:
The Belgravia Centre Blog:
How Did Nicolas Cage Beat Hair
Hollywood star Nicolas Cage's thinning
hair has attracted the attention of celebrity watchers
and the media in recent years, and now it seems that he may have
invested in a treatment for his hair loss.
According to the Daily
Mail, Cage was seen sporting ,a suspiciously full head of hair,
at the Los Angeles premiere of his latest film, Drive Angry 3D.
This was, the newspaper said, in stark contrast to the thinning
hair displayed at the Toronto Film Festival two years earlier. The
report went on to comment on "suspicious shading around [Cage's]
The veteran 45 year-old
actor, who once starred in the film Face Off as an undercover FBI
agent who undergoes a face transplant to assume the identity of
his criminal nemesis, had a full head of youthful locks throughout
the early years of his career. But as the years and film roles
passed by, filmgoers have become accustomed to seeing his hairline
recede ever backwards.
A prime example of how
even the rich and famous aren't exempt from the onset of
male pattern baldness, Cage has previously been subject
to speculation over whether he has ever sought a hair loss
The Daily Mail report
postulates that Cage has had a hair transplant, but the hair loss
experts at the Belgravia Centre believe Cage's fuller head of hair
is more likely to be the result of a professional
hair loss treatment
If Cage has indeed
undergone a hair loss treatment he would join a long line of big
name Hollywood actors and celebrities who have also been reported
as taking measures to restore their thinning hair. John Travolta,
Mel Gibson, Brendan Frasier and Gordon Ramsay have all featured in
speculative reports of this nature.
What is male pattern
Male pattern baldness,
or Androgenetic Alopecia, is a common hair loss condition amongst
men of Nicolas Cage's age. The condition is genetic and is passed
down the family line via shared genes which carry a predisposition
to hair loss.
When genetic hair loss
occurs, testosterone within the body is converted to
which then inhibits the growth of hair follicles, resulting in
hair loss and, potentially, baldness. Though visible signs of the
condition are more common in middle-aged men, it can begin in the
early twenties, leading to a receding hairline and bald patches.
As has Cage, many
people will experience considerable amounts of regrowth from the
use of the correct combination of hair loss treatments. To see the
kind of results that have been achieved from many men, each with
different a pattern of hair loss, view Innovative Medical
Discoveries Results Page.
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Ray Liotta, In
Actor Ray Liotta Have a Hair Transplant
November 10 2011, 12:44
Note: Below is a blog posting from the web where another
doctor tries to answer the persons questions. The doctor
does not commit. Look at the photos and decide what do you
Did Actor Ray Liotta get a hair transplant?
If you compare the pic 1 with the pic 2 and 3 it looks as if he
did. What is your view?
see could be a transplant, but I have no firsthand knowledge. His
hairline certainly appears thicker in photos 2 and 3, but there's
no dates on these and the lighting is different. It could be that
with styling and color (and better lighting), it's the same
hairline. Maybe he's using a concealer in there to give it more
visual bulk. I really don't know, as the photos are pretty small
and difficult to compare.
I've presented the photos 1 and 2 below for easy
What do you think?