Hair loss is a surprisingly common affliction, and one which can be experienced by virtually anyone, regardless of age, gender or race. But there are many different types of hair loss, and knowing which condition you’re suffering from is a vital first step in attempting to stop further loss and reverse the process. Here we take a look at three common types of hair loss which you might be experiencing.
Male Pattern Baldness
What does it look like? – Male Pattern Baldness can take a number of forms, but it generally leads to a progressively receding hairline and/or balding on the crown. Some men will suffer only partial hair loss, while in some individuals it can continue until all or most of the hair is gone.
What causes it? – Male Pattern Baldness is genetically inherited from either the paternal or maternal line, so if the men in either your mother’s or father’s side have a history of hair loss then you may be at risk. It can occur at any time from the early twenties onwards, and is a result of the enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase converting testosterone into dihydorotestosterone (DHT). The increased presence of DHT in the body causes hair follicles to gradually shrink and die off.
How can it be treated? – At The Belgravia Centre we have experienced great success by using Propecia and Minoxidil as part of an individually tailored hair re-growth programme. These two pharmaceutical treatments are the only ones to have been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (MHRA) and approved by the FDA in the US for the treatment of Genetic Hair Loss. Used in combination with personally recommended hair growth boosters, most men will experience some degree of regrowth.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
What does it look like? – Unlike its male equivalent, Female Pattern Hair Loss leads to a more generalised thinning of the hair around the crown. The extent of this varies between individuals, but it is estimated that by the time they reach 50, half of all women will be suffering from this genetic form of hair loss to some degree.
What causes it? – See entry for Male Pattern Baldness above.
How can it be treated? – The hair loss experts at The Belgravia Centre treat female pattern hair loss with a number of complementary methods which have been shown to be effective. At the core of all our treatment programmes is Minoxidil – the only pharmaceutical treatment which has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating Female Pattern Hair Loss. In addition to this, Belgravia’s hair growth boosters can help to improve and maximise results.
What does it look like? – This condition usually begins with patchy hair loss on the scalp which can spread over time. At its worst it can result in total baldness (Alopecia Totalis), and loss of all body hair (Alopecia Universalis). Sufferers are otherwise totally healthy.
What causes it? – The exact causes of Alopecia are unknown, but it is thought to be triggered by periods of extreme stress or trauma. It is an auto-immune condition, in which the body’s own defences attack healthy hair follicles.
How can it be treated? – At The Belgravia Centre patients are usually recommended Belgravia’s high strength minoxidil and have found this to be highly effective in treating Alopecia Areata in many cases.
For a professional diagnosis and more information on treatment, contact us for a consultation. Alternatively, fill in our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme that we can post anywhere in the world.