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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 20 02 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Since starting her Belgravia treatment, Ms K, pictured, has seen a huge improvement to her hair and is pleased with the service she has received

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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One of the tools that can be used in assessing whether or not someone is experiencing certain types of hair loss is known as a hair pull test. This involves exactly what you’d expect: a small cluster of hairs is gently pulled to see how many fall out.

Unfortunately, this is not a hugely scientific way to diagnose a hair loss condition, especially when the accepted normal level of hairs that might be expected to come out on a healthy head of hair has long been something experts have quibbled over.

Now, doctors in Canada claim they have new evidence that shows how currently accepted “normal” levels do not paint an accurate picture.

Hair Pull Test - The Belgravia Center Hair Loss ClinicNot necessary for all conditions

Hair pull tests are seldom performed for some types of suspected hair loss. In cases of Androgenetic Alopecia – more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – for example, a visual inspection is usually all an expert needs to make a diagnosis, as hair thinning is restricted to areas around the top of the scalp and hairline only. It does not affect the hair at the back or sides of the head.

With other conditions – such as the temporary condition Telogen Effluvium, signified by a generalised shedding from all over the scalp – the cause of hair loss can sometimes be less obvious. In these instances a pull test has some merit. But this is only true, argues the Canadian team, if doctors have an accurate idea of how much hair loss was normal for someone with no diagnosed form of alopecia, during a gentle tug of their locks.

“The hair pull test lacks validation and has unclear pretest guidelines,” states the Canadian team, “so we sought to quantify normal hair pull test values and elucidate the effect of pretest hair washing and brushing.”

For many years, people who were about to undergo a hair pull test at a clinic were told not to wash or brush their hair for four or five days before undertaking the pull test.

After recruiting 182 volunteers who did not have a hair loss condition, it was found that the mean number of hairs lost during a pull test on a cluster of around 50-60 hairs was 0.44 hairs. It made no difference whether the participant had recently washed or brushed their hair or not.

These findings illustrate that the existing guidelines – namely that losing 10 per cent of your hairs during a pull test is indicative of a hair loss condition – are much too high. The team states that its study has newly quantified the hair pull test and that normal levels should now be lowered to up to two hairs, which equates to approximately four per cent instead of 10. Whether or not someone has washed or brushed their hair, they state, should also no longer be deemed relevant.

belgravia-centre-hair-loss-clinic-london-online-consultationNot affected by tight hairstyles

Interestingly, the team states that hair pull values in their test were not affected by tight hairstyles – although it is unclear how they define this as there are hundreds of thousands of documented cases of very tight hairstyles leading to Traction Alopecia. This is a treatable condition in most cases, and occurs when the hair follicles are damaged from being placed under too much strain. This is usually caused by frequently wearing tight hairstyles such as braids, high ponytails and cornrows, as well as hair extensions and weaves.

Anyone who suspects that they may be losing more hair than usual over a prolonged period would be well advised to seek out expert help, as most conditions have a better prognosis when diagnosed early. A tricho-check hair loss consultation at Belgravia, which lasts just over half an hour and is free of charge, is undertaken by an experienced, specialist nurse. They ask important background questions as well as making a thorough investigation of the scalp.

For those people who are unable to visit Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics in person, this can also be done using our online consultation form which allows photo uploads to aid the diagnostic process.

All hair loss treatments are then devised on a client-by-client basis to ensure maximum chances of halting hair fall and, when possible, encouraging new growth.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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The kind of hair loss known as Scarring Alopecia is often permanent, with hair follicles destroyed by the condition Cicatricial Alopecia.

This is certainly true in cases of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), which is believed to be linked to or synonymous with a condition named Follicular Degeneration Syndrome, itself also known as Hot Comb Alopecia – though this is something of a misnomer.

CCCA is a condition that most commonly affects black women with afro hair, and doctors in the US have launched a study to try and find out more about how these women are affected by it and how easily they are able to get treatment.

Hair Loss Research StudyEarlier detection may lead to better treatment

Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois believe that earlier detection of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia will lead to better treatment and less psychological stress placed upon those who are diagnosed. To explore this, they are recruiting 50 women with the condition to try and ascertain exactly what personal, historical, logistical and environmental factors got in the way of obtaining medical care for their condition.

The doctors will also be asking women with the condition how it has affected their life. They write: “Based on previous research on the psychosocial impact of generalised hair loss in black women, it is fair to consider that CCCA hair loss also leads to problems with self-esteem and participation in daily life activities. This research, the first of its kind, will add to existing knowledge of CCCA by investigating the quality of life and barriers to care of patients with this condition.”

The team’s findings will, they say, be instrumental in modifying dermatology resident training, adding to existing dermatology management guidelines, and even developing public health advocacy programming. The Illinois study is scheduled to finish this summer, although it seems unlikely that the findings will have any bearing on treatment options outside of the US.

Stress, diet and genetics?

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia is not an especially rare condition, accounting for about three per cent of all hair loss diagnoses, but it is not all that well understood, with causes thought to include stress, poor diet and possibly even genetics. It was once thought to have been caused uniquely by extremely high temperatures of the hot oil applied during traditional straightening treatments (hence “Hot Comb” Alopecia) but this is no longer the case.

What the Illinois doctors have correctly identified is that the chances of someone with the condition making a recovery are greatly improved following early detection.

Whilst most forms of Scarring Alopecia cannot be treated due to the follicles having died, FDS is an exception. With Follicular Degeneration Syndrome treatment the goal is to catch ailing follicles while they are still alive, before scarring sets in. If follicles do indeed still show signs of life, a personalised treatment course devised by a specialist hair loss clinic can often stimulate them back into growth.

The key treatment that these courses are built around is often a recommended formulation of high strength minoxidil. This is applied topically to the scalp once or twice per day, as directed by your treatment advisor, and can also be combined with hair growth boosters to further aid recovery. FDS is often seen alongside another hair loss condition: Traction Alopecia and courses can be customised to address both issues simultaneously.

When pharmaceutical treatment is no longer possible because follicles have died, a hair transplant may sometimes be possible. This is decided solely on a case by case basis and it is imperative that there is enough donor hair elsewhere on the head to work with. As with all hair loss conditions, early detection and a professional diagnosis equate to the best possible chances of regrowth.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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“My experience was a really positive one. Both Julia and Farzana were really lovely and explained the whole process and everything that was on offer. Farzana was very sympathetic to my current financial status and along with informing me of all the options provided, guided me to the most realistic one for my needs. Didn’t spend too much time in reception, but the girls were really friendly and informative. Looking forward to starting my treatment soon.”

“I was pleased with my visit on Saturday. The reception staff were friendly and the reception area looks clean and modern. I found both Mohammed and Fiona polite and professional and they provided me with all the necessary information in a clear and concise manner. I was also pleased there was no hard sell. In summary pleased and impressed with my visit.”

New Street 1st Floor Reception

“Monika was such a nice person, she treated me in the kindest was possible. What I liked about Monika is she was honest with me and she told the truth without hiding anything. She clearly explained what the reason for my hair loss was and made everything clear, also after meeting her I felt more confident that my hair will grow back. I am looking forward to meeting her again in three months for my check up! Farzana was very informative and kind. She told me that I look nervous (which was 100% true) and told me not to worry about anything which made me feel a lot better. She was really informative about the treatment course and gave me all the information I need. Such a great person! The receptionists ware awesome! They had a big smile on their face and greeted me in the nice and professional way possible. I don’t know what else to say but they are doing a great job. A big thumbs up from me! The clinic was really well maintained and looked presentable. It also had the facilities that most people will require when they visit the clinic. On the other hand, the environment of the clinic was calm and quiet. Just the way I like it! Overall you guys are providing a great service and once again a big thumbs up from me!”

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A leading American university has announced plans for a study into how effective a technique known as platelet-rich plasma is on people with genetic hair loss.

Researchers at Chicago’s Northwestern University are currently recruiting an estimate 30 people with either Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair loss for the trial. These two conditions are currently treatable, but platelet-rich plasma has been identified as a possible way to encourage improved treatment outcomes when used alongside more proven medications.

Lipid profile iron levels blood testTrial to last 18 months

The Chicago trial is slated to last 18 months, spread over two phases, and is based around an emerging technology in which blood is extracted from a patient’s body and then put through a centrifuge. The centrifuge causes the blood to separate; what doctors do next has earned the technique ‘the vampire treatment’ because they separate the platelet-rich part of the blood – which contains growth factors – and re-inject it into the scalp.

The American doctors seem determined to assess the effect of PRP treatment on its own, and have stipulated that participants must be willing to abstain from using either minoxidil or finasteride 1mg – two popular and clinically-proven treatments for genetic hair loss – for the duration of the trial.

In fact, it may transpire that PRP is one day offered quite routinely alongside these two existing hair loss drugs. This is because existing studies have not really managed to show that PRP therapy is a convincing primary treatment option in its own right, but have found that it may be effective as a “booster”.

Doctors in Barcelona were among the first to demonstrate that PRP is not without merit on people with genetic baldness. The Spanish team – from the International University of Catalunya – stated: “Application of PRP showed a positive effect on AGA (androgenic alopecia, also known as genetic hair loss) and could be regarded as an adjuvant therapy for AGA.” An ‘adjuvant’ therapy is a secondary treatment that is used to enhance the response of the initial, primary treatment.

These findings were sadly not repeated in a second small scale trial – the location of which was not disclosed when it was reported by the medical website Healio – which apparently saw a positive response to PRP treatment in just 13.3 per cent of the women with Female Pattern Hair Loss who tried it.

Another more recent study released its findings in February 2017. This investigated the effects of activated versus not activated PRP injections in relation to genetic hair loss. The calcium-activated solution appeared to produce better results than the non-active solution, and both produced better regrowth results than the control areas of each participants’ scalps, which were injected with a placebo. Whether these results were anywhere near as effective as the current MHRA and FDA approved hair loss treatments still remains to be seen.

More positive was a study in Egypt which used the PRP method on people with the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, which manifests itself as sudden, patchy hair loss. They wanted to see how treatment with PRP compared to minoxidil (as well as a placebo) and found that both PRP and minoxidil performed – unsurprisingly – better than the placebo. While they stated that PRP is a more effective treatment for Alopecia Areata than topical minoxidil 5% it should be pointed out that minoxidil is available in higher strengths and is dose-dependent.

hair-loss-treatment-for-men-and-women-hair-growth-boosters-and-minoxidilBoosters for genetic hair loss

The results of the Chicago study are not due until 2019, at which point they may well be able to confirm what the Barcelona study found: namely that PRP is a good “booster” for Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment.

Interestingly, other hair growth boosters are already available – these include an FDA-cleared hand-held device called the LaserComb, which uses laser light energy to stimulate the scalp, and Hair Vitalics, a proprietary blend of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that can be used to top up a balanced diet in order to maintain and improve the health of the hair and scalp.

At Belgravia these types of products are often combined with recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil – with the addition of finasteride 1mg where appropriate as this is only suitable for men aged 18 and over. This fully rounded approach aims to help clients maximise their hair’s potential, which is monitored by their dedicated advisors on a regular basis.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Heidi Powell, the superfit mum of four who co-hosts America’s ABC network show Extreme Weight Loss, has spoken out about the hair loss that has caused her to try out a multitude of potential cures.

Powell told Women’s Health magazine that she first started losing her hair about three years ago, following a string of stressful incidents. These included the death of her father and surgery for a kidney stone. She’d also just given birth to her fourth child, Ruby.

Noticing that her hair suddenly appeared to be thinning, Powell started adding clip-in hair extensions – but things got steadily worse and she soon started seeing bald spots.

Heidi PowellMultiple possibilities

Different doctors recommended different things – one said that she was intolerant to gluten, which is certainly something that has been linked to Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disorder that leads to sudden bald patches – but it wasn’t until she visited a hair loss specialist that she got a satisfactory diagnosis.

This doctor told Powell that while stress and hormones can initiate thinning hair in women, in her case the upheaval she had been through had actually kick-started Female Pattern Hair Loss. This genetic condition is surprisingly common and causes the hair along the top of the scalp to become increasingly thinner.

In other words, Powell’s shedding appears to have begun as the condition Telogen Effluvium, which lists stress and hormones among other things as trigger factors. Postpartum Alopecia – hair loss after giving birth – is also a form of this temporary condition. While Telogen Effluvium often clears itself up in six months or so, it can also persist – at which point it becomes known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning – and it can also exacerbate genetic hair loss in those with an existing hereditary predisposition, as appears to be the case with Heidi Powell.

Telogen Effluvium treatment is short-term and can be very effective at accelerating hair growth. However, if genetic thinning is also diagnosed, then a custom hair loss treatment course will need to be devised and this will need to be followed on an ongoing basis. This is because Female Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent condition which can often be successfully managed using treatment, but there is currently no absolute or one-off ‘cure’.

For Heidi, the past few years have certainly been taxing, not least because her image is very much focused around being healthy, fit and beautiful.

She tells Women’s Health: “I was like, ‘When I’m bald, am I going to have to wear a wig? What happens at night?’ So much of my message is, ‘Be authentic, real, and perfectly imperfect,’ but now it’s like being faced with, ‘Who am I going to be without this – without my hair?’”

She adds that when she has spoken on social media about how losing her hair feels and how hair makes her feel feminine, she has received “a decent amount of backlash.” “But I can’t help how I feel,” she adds.

Theradome Laser Light Therapy Device HelmetLaser treatment for thinning hair

The TV star appears to have come to terms with her hair thinning, however, and explains that she has now been using a ‘laser cap’ for the past seven months. She may be referring to the Theradome Laser Helmet, a device whose American makers say can stop hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair. Designed by a former NASA scientist it utilises low-level laser light to stimulate the scalp. Reviews of the helmet on Amazon are mixed, though, with 23 per cent giving it just one star. She may also be referring to a device called the LaserCap, which uses similar technology and was developed by an Ohio-based company.

These new wearable LLLT devices follow on from the original LaserComb hand-held LLLT which was the first device of this kind to be cleared for use by the FDA. It is slowly combed through the hair and uses patented technology to part the hair during treatment, allowing the laser beams better access directly to the scalp.

hair-loss-treatment-for-men-and-women-hair-growth-boosters-and-minoxidilHeidi Powell says that after wearing the helmet four times a week for 30 minutes per session, “some hairs are starting to thicken.” She still uses hair extensions – despite the risks they carry – and plans to have “plasma injections” in the next couple of weeks. She is likely referring to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, a technique in which a patient’s blood is extracted, put through a centrifuge and then the enriched plasma – containing growth factors – is re-injected into the scalp.

What all of the above have in common – with the exception of hair extensions – is that they are considered hair growth boosters as opposed to hair loss treatments. This is because their actions are not generally considered sufficiently effective when used on their own, without the primary clinically-proven treatment for women’s hair loss, minoxidil. They can, however, be combined and, at Belgravia we have found using boosters alongside recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil to produce significant results for our female clients.

It is certainly true that many women are slow to seek out expert help for Female Pattern Hair Loss because of the perceived stigma attached to it, coupled with the fact that its onset can be very gradual. However, we would encourage anyone who notices hair fall similar to Heidi’s to take that first step and at least have a consultation at a hair loss clinic. We hear so often how just finding someone who can provide a professional diagnosis, support and all the information needed to decide how to deal with the problem, can be an immense relief.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 09 02 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss J is feeling positive after seeing her progress at her first check up and said she “can’t wait to see what six months will do”

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women by clicking the buttons below…

 

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alopecia areata female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 25 11A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

A Belgravia specialist has created a bespoke treatment plan in order to address both of the hair loss conditions in this particular case and Ms G, pictured, is pleased to have seen such dramatic regrowth in just four months.

Find out what she had to say and see her amazing regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women or alopecia areata by clicking the buttons below…

 

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Having your blood drawn and then getting a mixture containing this plasma injected into your scalp multiple times per session does not sound like a particularly appealing experience. Despite this, Platelet rich plasma therapy, better known as PRP, is a hot topic in the world of hair loss.

In a quest for new ways to treat thinning hair, PRP – most commonly used in sports injury and beauty treatments – is being studied to see if there really are any hair growth benefits to these scalp injections. The simple premise of PRP is that blood taken from a patient is spun in a centrifuge to extract the most potent platelet-rich plasma. This solution is then injected back into various points along the top of the patient’s scalp. This is then meant to aid tissue regeneration and healing as well as, according to some practitioners, hair loss.

syringe-injection-prp-adiposeStudies into PRP for hair loss

There have been three recent studies into PRP for hair loss and whether it could be a potential treatment in its own right. Two of these investigated the effects of PRP on genetic hair loss whilst one assessed it as a potential treatment for the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, which causes patchy hair loss and is often temporary.

The first clinical trial took place in Barcelona in 2015 at the University of Catalunya. This explored PRP as a treatment for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. Based on its findings, which were released in April 2016, the resulting report stated that PRP therapy had demonstrated ‘a positive effect on AGA and could be regarded as an adjuvant [secondary] therapy’. This was the first time it was shown that PRP could be beneficial to male hair loss, however, as the trial concludes, it should be considered a secondary treatment rather than a primary one.

Primary hair loss treatments for men are the two clinically-proven and approved drugs, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, whilst for women this refers to minoxidil only. Secondary treatments – suitable for both genders – are often referred to as hair growth boosters and include handheld LLLT devices such as the LaserComb. They are generally used in conjunction with primary treatments to help maximise results, rather than on their own, and this is the category researchers felt was most appropriate for PRP.

The second clinical trial appeared to back these findings. This time the hair loss research, which focused solely on treating female pattern hair loss, was carried out by an American team from Texas and Minnesota. The findings echoed those of the Barcelona trial and suggested that the only tangible benefits of PRP may be psychosomatic. The US conclusion states: ‘Platelet-rich plasma failed to demonstrate any statistically significant improvement in HMI [Hair Mass Index] or hair count in women with congenital female pattern hair loss. The patient survey results suggest a therapeutic advantage of PRP as perceived by patients but not according to hair count or HMI.’

A third round of hair loss research into PRP discovered that the treatment was effective in treating Alopecia Areata. However, whilst this is encouraging, this autoimmune disorder tends to clear up naturally of its own accord in the majority of cases so wider studies would be needed to confirm its benefits. Also, there are also more convenient and comfortable alopecia areata treatments already available.

Activated PRP versus not-activated PRP

The latest PRP research was conducted by a team in Italy and published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. As with the three previous trials, this was also conducted on a small scale with just 36 participants though this seems to have produced slightly more encouraging results in relation to using PRP to treat androgenetic alopecia, though whether the trial featured women as well as men with pattern hair loss is currently unknown.

PRP Research Italy Feb 2017The official study title is: Evaluation of Not-Activated and Activated PRP in Hair Loss Treatment: Role of Growth Factor and Cytokine Concentrations Obtained by Different Collection Systems. What is meant by ‘activated’ and ‘not-activated’ PRP in this instance is that the ‘activated’ solution contained calcium-activated PRP, whilst the ‘not-activated’ PRP was the normal, basic version of the therapy.

Half the group of test subjects were given half-head treatment using a placebo on one side and autologous non-activated PRP (A-PRP) on the other side of their heads, which was produced by CPunT Preparation System (Biomed Device, Modena, Italy). The treatments were administered to each of the participants over 30-day intervals.

The remaining 18 participants were treated with a one-off set of scalp injections using the calcium-activated PRP (AA-PRP). This was produced from two different PRP collection devices (Regen Blood Cell Therapy or Arthrex Angel System).

Of the results pertaining to the A-PRP group, the research findings state: ‘…analysis of patients, three months post-treatment, showed a clinical improvement in the number of hairs in the target area (36 ± 3 hairs) and in total hair density (65±  5 hair cm2), whereas negligible improvements in hair count (1.1±  1.4 hairs) and density (1.9 ± 10.2 hair cm2) were seen in the region of the scalp that received placebo. Microscopic evaluation conducted two weeks after treatment showed also an increase in epidermal thickness, Ki67+ keratinocytes, and in the number of follicles.’

Of the results pertaining to the AA-PRP group, the research findings state: ‘…six months after the treatments were administered, notable differences in clinical outcomes were obtained from the two PRP collection devices (+90 ± 6 hair cm2 versus -73 ± 30 hair cm2 hair densities, Regen versus Arthrex). Growth factor concentrations in AA-PRP prepared from the two collection devices did not differ significantly upon calcium activation.’


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Food has long been intertwined with celebrations and The Feast of Saint Valentine, better known as Valentine’s Day, is no exception. Whilst this international date night is often associated with traditional love tokens such as flowers, there are a number of aphrodisiac foods also connected to it.

Some of the top Valentine’s Day foods are not only romantic, but can also help to promote healthy hair growth.

Valentines Day Food Chocolate StrawberriesChocolate strawberries

What we eat is important for our overall health, including that of our hair. Dietary imbalances or malnutrition can leave the hair in a lacklustre condition and can even cause hair loss.

There are a number of vitamins and minerals known to be beneficial to hair health and one of the most popular Valentine’s treats happens to include a multitude of these.

Dark chocolate-coated strawberries can not only help to woo your paramour but can also give you a decent dose of vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, potassium and zinc. It is important that the chocolate is dark and has a high cocoa content as this is generally a good indicator that the chocolate less sugar being used than normal. Sugar has been linked to thinning hair so consuming large amounts could potentially neutralise the good nutritional work.

Nutritional benefits

Looking at each of these elements in turn, it’s easy to see why strawberries are a great choice for showing your hair some love for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can not only help to prevent dandruff, but also protect against free radical damage which can cause hair to become weak, thin and brittle. Oxidative stress caused by an excess of free radicals has also been linked to male pattern baldness.

Folic acid aids the cell renewal process involved in producing healthy hair growth whilst Potassium is vital for regulating hair’s pH balance which, in turn, contributes to healthy hair.

Belgravia Centre Hair Vitalics Food Supplements for Healthy HairStrawberries may be the main contributor to these benefits but dark chocolate is a good source of zinc and manganese – as are strawberries.

Manganese is important for helping the body to absorb other vitamins and minerals properly, and is also believed to help maintain the hair’s colour. Low manganese levels have been associated with grey hair due to its affinity to melanin – the pigment responsible for our hair colour. Meanwhile Zinc plays an incredibly important role in hair health; zinc deficiencies have been linked to both female pattern hair loss, male pattern baldness and, most commonly, the autoimmune disorder which causes patchy hair loss: Alopecia Areata. It is believed that a lack of zinc in the system can lead to protein deterioration in the hair follicles, which can result in thinning hair and/or hair loss. Adequate, healthy zinc levels are understood to contribute to regular hair growth, though too much zinc can also cause shedding so it is crucial to get the balance right.

Whilst it is important to consult your GP or nutritionist before making any significant dietary changes, indulging in some of these fruity treats is a fun way to boost your everyday intake of hair-friendly goodness. For a more long-term solution, if you are worried that you follow a balanced diet but are not covering all your nutritional bases through your food, a dedicated hair health supplement can be a convenient way to top these up. Alternatively, if it is a hair loss condition rather than the condition of your hair that you are concerned by, a professional consultation – either online or in person – can put your mind at ease. Following an assessment, a specialist can provide you with the advice and hair loss treatment information needed to get you back on track.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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