Question: I need more details please about the hairloss treatment course period, cost and is it temporary or permanent treatment?
Answer: Hi, Jasmine. This very much depends on the cause of your hair loss.
Some hair loss conditions are temporary. These include telogen effluvium and post-partum alopecia (excessive shedding after having a baby), which both cause thinning hair all over the scalp. If the cause of your hair loss is temporary then your treatment will stop once your hair has fully regrown. This often takes up to 12 months but it depends on factors including the level of shedding you are experiencing as to how long it will take for your follicles to recover. Often in these cases the hair will grow back naturally but hair loss treatment can help to accelerate the process.
In the case of Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune condition which causes sudden hair fall leaving behind one or more bald patches anywhere on the scalp, specialist alopecia treatment also only needs to be followed until the hair has regrown. The timeframe for this depends entirely on how much hair has been lost given this disorder can cause tiny patches of hair loss the size of a coin, or can cause much bigger bald spots that can join up and form a much larger area. However, many clients choose to stay in touch with their treatment advisors – who will assist them with the decision as to when to stop treatment – given this condition can recur even once it has cleared up.
The most common reason for thinning hair in women is genetic. Androgenetic alopecia, better known in women as female pattern hair loss, is a permanent condition that is inherited from family DNA and causes thinning around the top of the head, which is often most noticeable around the parting and at the temples. It causes a general decrease in the hair’s volume too. This condition is caused when the hair follicles around the top of the scalp are attacked by a bodily enzyme called dihydrotestosterone (DHT); men and women with androgenetic alopecia have an inherited sensitivity to DHT which causes a reaction that leads to these attacks gradually making the hair thinner and weaker, leading to hair loss.
Because the DHT attacks are continuous following puberty, female pattern hair loss is considered a permanent condition. Therefore, as there is no ‘cure’ for hair loss yet, the most effective way to prevent further shedding and to regrow hair is to follow a personalised female hair loss treatment course, featuring medically-proven components, on an on-going basis. In the same way you brush your teeth twice a day to prevent a build up of the plaque that can lead to tooth decay, by applying your treatment once or twice per day – as advised by your hair loss specialist – this will continue to fight your hair loss condition.
If you take a look at our Women’s Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories you will find hundreds of examples of clients with a number of different hair loss conditions. You can then assess which look the most similar to your situation and see how long it took for each of them to see regrowth results from their treatment. Usually we would expect clients to start showing positive signs of responding to treatment between three to six months into their treatment programme, although – again – this depends on how severe their thinning is to begin with.
The first step to getting personalised answers to your questions, and a quotation for the price – this is based on which type of treatments you opt for, the length of your course and various other factors – is to have a free consultation in order to establish what is causing your shedding. This can be done either in person at one of Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics, or if you are based outside London or abroad you can complete our Online Consultation which also allows you to upload photos.
The Belgravia Centre
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.