Television presenter Gail Porter was a household name when her hair suddenly began to fall out, back in 2005. The feisty Scot refused to hide away, instead embracing her baldness and doing much to increase public awareness of alopecia.
Alopecia Universalis, the relatively rare condition from which Porter suffers, is the most extreme form of Alopecia Areata and causes total hairloss. Unfortunately there are very few treatments that can help but as in Porter’s case, it is always possible that the hair can spontaneously grow back at any time as the follicles are never dysfunctional, just dormant. Porter put her hair loss down to the pressure of her divorce and post-natal depression.
Porter has been very open about the distress her condition caused her, saying, “People stared. Sometimes I held my head up high and other times I just didn’t want to go out.” Now it seems she is experiencing equally unexpected hair regrowth, which she puts down to a new-found happiness in her life and relationships.
Alopecia Areata in its early and mild form causes sudden, patchy hair loss in both men and women, due to hair follicles prematurely entering the resting phase. The causes are unclear, although there is some suggestion that stress can contribute to its development. There is evidence to suggest that in genetically susceptible individuals, factors such as physical trauma, viral infection or hormonal change can trigger this type of alopecia, which is thought to be a type of autoimmune disorder. Many people with Alopecia Areata find their hair loss is cyclical, with extensive loss in the winter and partial regrowth in the summer.
However, rather than being at the mercy of the seasons and external influences, it is possible to take positive action to treat this condition. Alopecia Areata does not cause scarring or permanently damage the hair follicles, so it is possible to help the hair to grow back.
Starting with hair loss treatments early on can be very successful. Belgravia’s trichologists have overlooked hundreds of cases of alopecia areata and in a large percentage of cases they have found Belgravia’s extra-strength formulation of minoxidil to be the most effective. The high strength minoxidil, available from Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies, can be applied directly to areas of patchy hair loss. Please visit our Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories to view some before/after photos of cases of patchy hair loss that have been cleared up by the use of a Belgravia treatment programme.
If you would like to find out about the treatment programme most suitable for your particular condition and stage of hair loss you can contact the centre on 020 7730 6666 or alternatively send us a message with any enquiry you might have or to arrange a free consultation. Alternatively, if you are unable to get to our London centre please submit an online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment course. A treatment advisor will be in contact soon!