Every year at the Oscars, Make Me Heal sees actors with varying stages of hair loss and their various attempts at covering it up. This year, Make Me Heal decided to consult a hair loss expert so that by next year, these outstanding actors can hit the red carpet with hair. (See Make Me Heal’s previous story on Hair Loss at the Oscars).
61-year old Richard Jenkins has been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in The Visitor. As many fans of his work will recall, Richard’s hair loss is very significant and it would require a lot of work to restore it.
According to hair restoration surgeon Dr. Alan Bauman, “Richard Jenkins is a ‘Norwood Class 7′ (7 out of 7), an extensive pattern of hair loss. Any degree of restoration of his own living and growing hair would have to proceed with careful planning in order to achieve a satisfactory result. Unlike old-style ‘plugs,’ we used a process that involves the transplantation of single follicle grafts for the frontal hairline and groups of two or three hair follicles to create density farther back. Adding a randomized, natural design to the hairline gives a 100% undetectable look.”
71-year old Frank Langella has also been nominated for his first Oscar, in the Best Actor category for his work in the historic drama Frost/Nixon. Although his hair loss is a different pattern than his peer, Richard’s, Frank’s is still fairly severe.
According to Dr. Bauman, “Frank Langella is a ‘Norwood Class 5′ (out of 7), so he’s also already experienced severe hair loss over the course of his life. If enough donor hair is available in the back of the scalp, this could be transplanted into the thinning and balding areas to eventually give coverage and restore the look that was only previously possible with a thick hairpiece that he used in Frost/Nixon. It is important to understand that transplanted hair densities do not have to be equal to the original density in order to give coverage to the scalp.”
“Transplantation restores hair follicles permanently into the thinning or balding areas, and medication like Propecia or Minoxidil or even low level laser therapy can be used to maintain and enhance the existing hair.”
Although the youngest actor, 41-year old Philip Seymour Hoffman has been nominated for his third Oscar, as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Doubt. The Oscar winner has a very high, receded hairline, which although his signature look, could be corrected with plastic surgery.
Dr. Bauman tells Make Me Heal, “Philip Seymour Hoffman’s high, receded hairline and swoopingly-long forelock seem to be his signature look. However, if he chose to have a lower hairline, this could be accomplished undetectably using modern hair transplantation techniques, called follicular-unit micrografting, which transplant one, two or three hair follicles at a time. The good news is that the long, swooping hair would cover most of the healing process which, when accelerated with hyperbaric oxygen treatments and phototherapy, now takes only a week. Here’s an example of a hairline restoration using follicular-unit micrografting transplantation.”
All of the nominees gave excellent performances and could only be improved with a little more hair. Make Me Heal looks forward to seeing the winner on Oscar Sunday.
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