Hair loss can be caused by any number of factors, from stress and bad diet to the pressure put on your hair from hair extensions. Assuming, however, that someone’s hair loss has not come about at a time when other lifestyle factors are changing for them, it is likely that their condition is androgenic alopecia, or to give it its more common name, pattern hair loss.
A Family Affair
If your parents are in their 50s, they have a 1-in-2 chance of developing this condition. If they retain their hair, it’s due to their genetic makeup, which can also make people predisposed to developing pattern balding any time after puberty. However, your genetic makeup consists not simply of the genes that gave your parents their physical characteristics, but of genes from your family tree. So, for instance, if both of your parents have thick hair all over their scalp into old age, but your grandfather experienced male pattern baldness, there is a chance you could have inherited the predisposition to baldness from him.
There’s no need to panic, though, as hair loss caused by genetics generally responds well to treatment, and if you can notice its early signs, you stand a great chance of halting the loss and regrowing the thinning hair quickly. Let’s take a look at the science behind pattern hair loss in order to give you a better idea of how treatment can help, and prevent the need for a hair transplant.
Taking After Your Relatives
Male pattern balding occurs when male hormones (called androgens) affect genetically predisposed hair follicles on the scalp. When the hormone testosterone is converted by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase into dihydrotestosterone (DHT); the DHT inhibits the growth of new hair cells, which is what leads to the hair loss and eventually complete baldness.
So, our primary aim in treating hair loss is to inhibit the production of DHT. This can be achieved via the oral medication Propecia, a DHT blocker, which works effectively to halt hair loss. We also use minoxidil to increase the blood supply around the hair follicle to prevent further shrinkage and to increase the supply of nutrients, which enable hair to grow and keep it healthy. The Belgravia Pharmacy dispenses minoxidil in higher strength creams for particularly stubborn areas of hair loss, so if you have tried off the shelf hair loss medications to no avail, there’s no need to think that your hair loss is untreatable.
Alongside the two clinically proven prescription medications above, we also encourage hair growth via a selection of treatment boosters, which our many hair loss success stories show can help give our clients the thick, healthy hair that they desire. Treatment boosters come in the form of the FDA cleared LaserComb, which helps stimulate the scalp and improve blood circulation; our Hair Vitalics nutritional supplement which maintains and improves the health and condition of your hair; and for those who can make it to our London clinic, clinical treatment therapy to stimulate the scalp and keep the hair in great condition.
The Belgravia Centre—————————————————————————————————–
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.