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By Christine Hsu | Jul 12, 2012 02:47 PM EDT


Popular Hair Loss Drug Used By Wayne Rooney Linked to Impotence and Smaller Testicles


The popular 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.

The latest warning comes after one patient reported that the drug left him with no sex drive and shriveled his genitals.

Kevin 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.

After 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.

Malley's story will come as no surprise to Dr. Michael Irwig from the University of Washington, who recently published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

His 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.

Irwig said he began noticing that many of the men had also reported sexual dysfunction for months even after stopping the medication.

"I came across a website called 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.

He 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 medication.

Irwig 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.

"It 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.

"Twenty 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 News:


 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."




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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 treatment.

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 thicker-looking hair.

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 spots.

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.

Hair creams, 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 baldness.

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 transplant.


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".

With summer 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 display.

Matthew McConaughey 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.

Hair restoration 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 harvest."

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 Matthew McConaughey

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 ever.

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 good.


Brenden Fraser, 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."

Although Brendan's 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



Kevin Costner, In The News:


Before After

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 pregnant wife.

"In my opinion, there's definitely a chance," hair transplant surgeon Dr. Craig Ziering, who hasn't treated Kevin, told The Enquirer,

"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, 2007]

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.


Nicolas Cage, In The News:


 The Belgravia Centre Blog:


How Did Nicolas Cage Beat Hair Loss?


   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] hairline".


Thinning hair

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 treatment.


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 course.


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 baldness?

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 Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), 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.

This entry was posted on Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 10:14 am.



Ray Liotta, In The News:




Did Actor Ray Liotta Have a Hair Transplant

November 10 2011, 12:44 pm PT


(Editor's 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 think?)



Dear Doctor.

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?

Thank you.

Doctor Replies:

What I 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 viewing:


What do you think?