A recent study carried out in the United Arab Emirates by hair loss firm DHI has revealed a surprising statistic about people experiencing hair loss in the country that may be relevant here in the UK.
The study found that more than 70 percent of those suffering hair loss in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had undergone treatment for it without first being diagnosed with a specific hair loss condition.
This statistic suggests that many people may be undergoing hair loss treatments which are inappropriate and ineffective for them. At best, this may mean wasted time and money, but at worst there may be other unpleasant side effects from the treatment, particularly with invasive treatments such as hair transplants.
One of the study’s authors, Dr Dimitrios Ziakas, said that proper diagnosis and evaluation was, “as crucial as doing a blood test before surgery. Doctors in the UAE shouldn’t underestimate the importance of right diagnosis. Even if patients don’t ask for proper diagnosis, it is the doctor’s duty as the health of the patient is at risk.”
Aside from health and safety implications for the patient, an accurate and thorough diagnosis is essential in order to determine which hair loss treatments will be the most effective in preventing further hair loss and triggering re-growth.
Types of hair loss
There are a number of different types of hair loss which men and women can suffer from, and identifying which one is afflicting you is the important first step to combating your hair loss.
Male Pattern Baldness
A genetic form of hair loss, Male Pattern Baldness is known scientifically as Androgenetic Alopecia. It has been estimated that half of all men in the UK will suffer from this condition to some extent by the time they are fifty. Male Pattern Baldness is triggered by a genetic susceptibility to the naturally produced chemical dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In those who have the gene, this DHT causes follicles, and their corresponding hair shafts, to gradually shrink leading to a receding hairline. This is one of the most treatable conditions and if the right combination of treatments is used, can produce in magnificent results. Be careful though, as there are many treatments on the market that will not help.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
In Female Pattern Hair Loss hair loss is experienced as a generalised thinning, but a similar number of females are affected by their 50th birthday as are men with Male Pattern Baldness. Again, this form of female hair thinning can be treated with great success.
Alopecia Areata often presents itself as patchy hair loss on the scalp, but in some cases it can become more widespread, resulting in total baldness (Alopecia Totalis), or even loss of all body hair (Alopecia Universalis). The exact cause remains unknown but it is thought to be triggered by stress and trauma. The condition can be treated with success in its mild to moderate stages, but a hair transplant would not be suitable for this form of hair loss.
In Telogen Effluvium, stress is also a common factor, and it can also be triggered by child birth. Hair loss occurs because a larger number of hair follicles than usual enter the resting (telogen) phase of the growth cycle. The hair loss is often not noticed until several months after the event or stress that caused it.
Traction Alopecia, unlike most other hair loss conditions, is completely avoidable. It is caused by constant pulling and excess strain on the hair follicles. This may occur as a result of tightly-worn hairstyles such as braids or pony tails, regular wearing of hair extensions, or over-processing with dyes, bleaches and other styling products.
Other hair loss conditions
The above are the most common forms of hair loss which people suffer from, but there are others, such as Pseudopelade, Lupus and Follicular Degeneration Syndrome. Hair loss may also occur as a symptom of more serious and widespread illnesses, such as thyroid disorders.
Diagnosis and treatment at The Belgravia Centre
At The Belgravia Centre, the first thing we do is diagnose the hair loss condition which you are suffering from. This enables our hair loss experts to select the most effective and appropriate treatments and lifestyle changes which are specifically suitable for you.
Our treatments include a mix of pharmaceutical, clinical and supportive methods. We use scientifically proven treatments, such as Propecia and Minoxidil, in conjunction with other hair growth boosters which we have found to be effective time and time again. Both Propecia and Minoxidil are licensed by the MHRA.
To find out for yourself the wide variety of hair loss conditions we treat on a daily basis, and the level of success we achieve with our treatments, take a look at some of the hair loss success stories on our website – it is the largest collection of its kind in the world and is updated on a daily basis.
To arrange a diagnosis for your hair loss condition contact us today for a consultation with no obligation. Even if you live far away from our London clinic, the UAE for example, you can simply fill in our online diagnostic form to receive a home use treatment programme.