Sorry Kate, Prince William will be bald by the time he’s 40 according to leading hair surgeons
14:58 GMT, 10 August 2012
Pop idol Justin Bieber caused controversy
by saying Prince William should take the hair loss drug Propecia to avoid those ever-impending bald patches from worsening.
And while it was all harmless joviality, a leading hair transplant surgeon is adamant that the Prince will be completely bald on the top his head by the time he is 40.
Doctor Asim Shahmalak said that Propecia could halt the royal's hair loss but it would not restore his lost hair.
Prince William's bald patches are already starting to show, and according to experts, he will be bald on top by the age of 40
Dr Shahmalak, who runs the Crown Clinic in Manchester said: 'He would have to take Propecia for the rest of his life and it would not help him to grow new hair.
'Around 2 per cent of patients who take Propecia suffer side effects such as the loss of libido.'
Dr Shahmalak, who carried out a hair transplant on Dr Christian Jessen from Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies, said that Prince William, 30, would be completely bald on the top of his head by the age of 40 if he didn't take action.
He said: 'Prince William has been losing his hair since he was 25. His hair loss is even worse than his father Charles. And obviously his grand-father Philip is bald too.
'That is a strong family gene. There
is a strong likelihood that any male child he has with Kate will also
have this bald gene – though a further consideration will be hair genes
on Kate's side of the family.
William has quite fine light brown hair. To restore the hair on the top
of his head to a reasonable level of density, he will need at least
3,000 or 4,000 hair grafts where hair is taken from the back of the
scalp and moved to the top of the head. This is similar to the treatment
which Wayne Rooney had.'
William is set to follow in his father's footsteps according to experts
Propecia is the only licensed hair loss tablet in the world which keeps existing hair.
It is not available on the NHS and a year's treatment costs around 800.
Side effects in a small number of patients include loss of libido, growth of man boobs and ejaculation problems.
Bieber told British magazine Rollacoaster: ‘I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia.’
He went on: ‘I don't know why he doesn't just get those things, those products. You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here’
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