What do David Beckham, Lionel Richie and Rod Stewart have in common? Well, apart from an almost obscene amount of money and world-wide fame, each of these superstars have all had very, very distinctive hairstyles. Obviously, Beckham’s ever-changing hair-dos (or hair-don’ts, depending on your opinion) are not the sole reason he is famous – he was, after all, one of the most high-profile footballers of a generation – but it did help him create a unique identity that gained him millions of fans. Whether for better or for worse, hair has been used for generations as the ultimate fashion accessory – something that can simultaneously make you stand out from the crowd and adapt to almost any situation. From the formal side-partings of the 30’s to the wild un-tamed locks of the 70’s, hair has been used by many to not only create a look, but to make a statement about the way they choose to live.
However, some people are not so fortunate. Genetic male hair loss affects millions of men around the world, usually between the ages of 18 and 35. A gradual process that starts with thinning hair around the crown and eventually leaves the whole top of the head bald, hair loss occurs due to the development of DHT, a hormone derivative, attaching itself to the hair follicles and slowly causing them to become dysfunctional. This results in existing hair becoming thinner and eventually falling out, with no new hair being able to grow in its place.
However, there is a solution.
Over the last decade a variety of treatments and medicines have been discovered which can not only prevent hair loss, but even cause hair regrowth. And while many of these treatments have turned out not to be successful, medical studies and experience have shown the combination of two treatments – Propecia and minoxidil, along with certain hair growth boosters and close trichological monitoring – to be the most effective hair loss prevention programme available.
How does it work?
Propecia and Minoxidil work in different ways, but together they have been found to be a very successful hair loss treatment. Both medically proven, FDA approved treatments, Propecia works by inhibiting the initial formation of DHT – preventing the hair follicles from becoming dysfunctional – while Minoxidil increases the blood supply to the area it is applied. This not only increases the amount of nutrients that reach the follicles, but also prevents them from shrinking – which in turn both decreases hairloss and increases hair regrowth. There are also a number of additives and growth boosters that work in various ways to help decrease the amount of DHT that could damage the hair follicles, and ensure a healthy and abundant supply of blood is delivered to the vulnerable follicles.
Do these hair loss treatments actually work?
In a word, yes. When an independent group of dermatologists studied 279 men who had been taking Propecia to reduce thinning hair and hair loss, they found that 9 of 10 men achieved visible results, with 48% experiencing hair re-growth while 42% stopped losing their hair. In addition to this, recent studies showed that 65% of men maintained or increased their hair count whilst taking Minoxidil, with 54% of those who responded experiencing moderate to dense regrowth.
Propecia and Minoxidil, along with a number of hair growth boosters, are available as part of The Belgravia Centre’s hair loss treatments. For more information or for a free consultation with a hair specialist contact Belgravia by either messaging the clinic or calling 020 7730 6666. Alternatively you can complete an online diagnostic form, designed specifically for those who are unable to visit Belgravia’s London centre. The form takes less than 5 minutes to complete and provides Belgravia’s trichologists with all of the information required to diagnose your hair loss condition and recommend a superior Belgravia treatment programme for hair loss, without having to visit the centre.