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Common Hair Loss Conditions: An Overview

Male Pattern Hair Loss Mirror The Belgravia CentreThere are many different conditions that can cause hair loss in men and women. In this blog piece, we give a brief summary of the most common reasons why people might lose their hair. While our hair loss experts can treat many conditions, some causes of hair loss require medical intervention; therefore we have indicated which of the following conditions can be treated at The Belgravia Centre and which need attention from your GP.

Male Pattern Baldness

What Is It?
A genetic condition also known as Androgenic Alopecia. Genetically predisposed hair follicles are affected when the male hormone testosterone is converted into the androgen ‘Dihydrotestosterone’, or ‘DHT’, by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which prevents the growth of new hair cells – causing hair loss and eventual baldness.

Do We Treat It?
Yes. Male Pattern Baldness is the most common hair loss condition we treat at The Belgravia Centre. Our bespoke treatments for men affected by pattern baldness have two main aims: 1) to block the DHT hormone from accessing and weakening vulnerable hair follicles, and 2) to stimulate and increase the necessary blood circulation to nurture the hair follicles and prevent them from shrinking.

For more information, watch our YouTube video about causes and treatments for male pattern baldness, or read our online archive of success stories for real-life examples of men and women who have benefited from treatment for pattern baldness.

Female Pattern Baldness

What Is It?
Similar to male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness is a genetic condition. In women, however, the condition usually manifests itself as diffuse thinning throughout the top of the head or crown, as opposed to men who tend to experience vertex balding and/or a receding frontal hairline.

Do We Treat It?
Yes. Our tailor made treatment plans for women experiencing female pattern baldness offer a 60%+ chance of hair re-growth – and for those women who are not able to regrow hair, a treatment plan can still offer stabilisation and slowing of the hair loss. Most treatment plans include our own formulation of minoxidil, a proven hair loss treatment. You can see the success of many of our patients’ treatment courses by viewing our female pattern hair loss patient photo-scans.

Areata MinoxidilAlopecia Areata

What Is It?
Sudden patchy hair loss, caused by many of the follicles prematurely and rapidly entering the telogen (resting) phase, shedding the hair. The cause of Alopecia Areata is unknown but there are several possible factors, such as sudden trauma or stress, genetic predisposition, allergies and even pregnancy.

Do We Treat It?
Yes. Alopecia Areata is one of our most commonly treated hair loss conditions at The Belgravia Centre.

Alopecia Totalis/ Alopecia Universalis

What Is It?
Alopecia in a more severe form of hair loss, in which all of the hair on the scalp (Alopecia Totalis) or the whole of the body (Alopecia Universalis) is lost.

Do We Treat It?
No. While we can treat the early stages of Alopecia Areata, you will need to consult your GP if you are experiencing total hair loss across your scalp and/or body.

Traction Alopecia

What Is It?
Traction Alopecia is hair loss caused by repeated tension on the hair shafts, which causes damage to the follicles. This in turn causes the production of hair to slow down and finally cease. There is some evidence that tight hairstyles and heavy hair extensions can cause Traction Alopecia.

Do We Treat It?
Yes. If we can intervene before the affected follicles have ceased to produce hair, it is possible to halt the hair loss and re-grow (as long as no further tension is applied to the hair shaft). We recommend a three month trial treatment for Traction Alopecia to see how the hair responds.

Telogen Effluvium

What Is It?
Telogen Effluvium occurs when sudden or severe stress causes an increase in the shedding of the hair. With Telogen Effluvium, a sudden or stressful event can cause certain hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into the telogen (resting) phase. The hairs affected by Telogen Effluvium will then stay in the resting phase for about 3 months, after which time they will shed. Often the person experiencing Telogen Effluvium will have recovered from the event before the hair loss occurs.

In most cases of Telogen Effluvium, the hair loss is temporary and the hair soon recovers. However, in some cases of Telogen Effluvium the hair loss continues until the underlying cause is resolved. Telogen Effluvium appears to affect more women than men because more of the precipitating events (such as childbirth) are experienced by women.

Do We Treat It?
Yes. The Belgravia Centre has a high success rate treating Telogen Effluvium. Although hair lost through Telogen Effluvium will usually grow back on its own, a bespoke treatment plan is still advised, as this can help to grow the hair back as quickly as possible and in the best possible condition. Our treatments are preventative as well as curative, and our hair loss experts will examine the underlying causes of Telogen Effluvium whilst treating its effects.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leading hair loss clinic in the UK, based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacy produces high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centre or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

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