Back in September 2011 The Belgravia Centre reported on Emma Coughlan from Redcar who was helping women with Alopecia Areata through her semi-permanent make-up clinic. Diagnosed with Alopecia Areata herself, Emma decided to put her experience to good use by trying to raise the self-confidence of other women in a similar position. Like many women with hair loss, Coughlan had resigned herself to a lifetime of wearing wigs to hide her baldness.
Now aged 33, Emma Coughlan has made the news again as her hair as begun to regrow. After four years of being almost totally bald, Coughlan’s hair has grown back in just four months. Emma is continuing to use her experience to help other women, working with a charity in addition to her job as a semi-permanent make-up technician.
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata is a sudden, patchy loss of hair caused by the normal hair growth cycle being disrupted. The exact cause of Alopecia Areata is unknown but it appears to be related to the immune system attacking hair follicles and causing them to enter the Telogen, or resting, phase. Doctors and hair loss experts have identified a number of potential triggers for the condition including stress, trauma, infection, chemicals and shifts in hormone levels.
All is not lost
“I’d stopped hoping – I’d just accepted it, really,” said Emma Coughlan about her expectations of hair regrowth. Emma’s experience however shows that men and women experiencing Alopecia Areata should not assume that the hair loss is permanent.
Occasionally, as was the case with Emma Coughlan, hair loss caused by Alopecia Areata can recover spontaneously. For other people, intervention by a hair loss specialist may be required to stabilise the shedding and promote regrowth.
Men and women experiencing hair loss are advised to seek advice from a suitably qualified expert as soon as possible so that an accurate diagnosis can be provided. Alopecia Areata is best treated as soon as a diagnosis has been made as the success rates tend to be most successful whilst the hair loss patches remain small.
The Belgravia Centre has a track record of successfully treating Alopecia Areata; we have a number of patient case studies detailing personal experiences in our online repository of success stories. Depending on the specific needs of the client, a custom treatment plan is created to minimise further hair loss and maximise potential hair regrowth.
To find out more about how The Belgravia Centre treats Alopecia Areata, including our unique Minoxidil 12.5% + Azelaic Acid Cream formulation, call us today on 0800 077 6666 or message us online to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. Alternatively, please use our online diagnostic form to create a personalised treatment plan which can then be mailed to you anywhere in the world.