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3 balding Oscar nominees could get hair back

Each of three bald or balding actors who are up for Oscars on Sunday could choose to have a full head of hair.

Richard Jenkins, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Frank Langella all have lost a lot of hair as they’ve aged, but that loss is reversible

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Richard Jenkins (pictured above), nominated for his lead role in “The Visitor,” has an “extensive pattern of hair loss,” Bauman says.  His hair loss is the most extreme, categorized as “Norwood Class 7? on a scale from 1 to 7.

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Frank Langella, (pictured left at age 39; right, this year at age 71) was nominated for his lead role in “Frost/Nixon.” His hair loss ranks at “Norwood Class 5” (5 out of 7).

He has 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.”

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (pictured left at age 34; right, at age 42 this year) was nominated for his supporting role in “Doubt.” He has a “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.

Medical technology has allowed many suffering from hair loss to have options. The two medications FDA approved for treatment of hair loss are Propecia and Rogaine, which can help but need to be taken or applied continuously for prolonged benefit. There are countless “snake oil” treatments that claim to cure hair loss permanently, but have no clear scientific studies behind them and are a waste of time and money.

Hair transplantation may and often times should be used in conjunction with medical treatments like Rogaine and Propecia. This is a complete approach to tackling a difficult problem. Fortunately, options are available for tackling hair loss, and it’s a personal decision. …We cannot dismiss those actors who have the confidence to “go natural”. From my experience, this is a growing trend and it’s always an option.

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