Once again the Crown Clinic has been in the news – this time over Prince Harry.
We were alerted to some pictures of Prince Harry on a recent charity trip to Africa where he was showing distinct signs of thinning hair.
His scalp was clearly visible around his crown where his lovely ginger looks are definitely thinning.
Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak was clear in his verdict – this was the first signs of mail pattern baldness.
While his older brother Prince William began losing his hair in his early 20s, Harry's baldness has started at 28.
Dr Shahmalak's comments were reported by the Daily Express and the Huffington Post.
Check out this link to see the pictures he was referring to.
Dr Shahmalak said: “It clear that Harry is thinning around the crown area.
“It is the first signs of the male pattern baldness which has affected both his brother and his father.
“Around a quarter of men start going bald before the age of 30, so this is hardly a big surprise especially when it runs in the family as it does for the Windsors.
“If Harry's hair loss progresses in the normal way, I would expect him to have a significant bald patch around his crown by the time he is 40. It will be worse if it also spreads to his hairline as it has with his brother.
“Hair loss can have a devastating impact on a young men like Harry.
“It can shatter their confidence and lead to significant loss of self esteem.”
Dr Shahmalak said that a strong family gene is the most significant factor in the onset of hair loss.
Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, his grandfather Prince Philip and both his uncles, Princes Andrew and Edward, have significant hair loss.
And the gene is prominent on his mother's side, too – Princess Diana's father Earl Spencer was bald.
Dr Shahmalak said: “There is a strong family gene on both sides of Harry's family. He is lucky that it has kicked in a bit later than his brother William – but the signs are not good for Harry.”
Dr Shahmalak said there were simple measures Harry could take to combat his hair loss.
“I would strongly urge him to act now,” said Dr Shahmalak.
“The best remedy at this stage is for Harry to start taking Propecia which won't replace the hair which he has already lost but will help to stop him losing any more. If William had started using the drug at the same age he could have significantly slowed down his hair loss.
“The other solution would be for Harry to use Minoxidil, the only other clinically proven hair loss medication available.
“You can buy a mousse which you apply to the thinning areas of the scalp.
“But the only long-term solution is a hair transplant – where hair is moved from the back or sides of the scalp to bald areas such as the crown.”