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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Brenda

Question: I just realised I’ve nearly run out of minoxidil I’ve been using to treat my female pattern baldness. I bought a year’s worth in November and now it’s nearly June and I’ve only got a couple of weeks worth left. I don’t feel like I have side effects or lots of regrowth, my hair is maybe a bit less thin but it’s still not as thick as it used to be. Can I keep over-using minoxidil or should I start using the right dose now? I can’t really only use the right amount because it doesn’t cover my whole scalp so if I really do have to use the proper dose can you advise me how to make it cover everywhere?

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Answer: Hi, Brenda. Thanks for your queries, over-using medication is never a good idea and certainly not something Belgravia would advise, but let’s address each of your concerns in order…

Firstly, you mention you have female pattern baldness – we would query if this is a professional diagnosis?

You also say you bought a year’s worth of minoxidil so, as the specialist pharmacies in each of our hair loss clinics do not dispense 12 months of high strength minoxidil in one go, we are assuming you are using over-the-counter products without the support or supervision of a trained advisor.

If you have self-diagnosed your hair loss condition, it is certainly worthwhile having an expert assess you as you also mention having to apply your treatment to your ‘whole scalp’; this is not the case for women with Female Pattern Hair Loss.

There are also numerous reasons for thinning hair in women, so it’s important to first know exactly what you are dealing with.

When using any medication – including hair loss treatment – it is crucial to follow the instructions provided to the letter. Over-using drugs will not make them work better or faster, but it may lead to an increased risk of side effects.

Just because you have not experienced any adverse reactions from over-using minoxidil just yet, this does not mean you will continue to be symptom-free.

We highly recommend you drop down to the recommended dosage and use your treatment exactly as stated on the product, or its packaging or patient information leaflet, from now on.

With regards to having the medication cover your scalp, the affected area in cases of genetic hair loss is the top of the scalp – from hairline and temples to crown – only. As such, there is no need to apply minoxidil to other areas of your scalp.

If your hair loss condition is confirmed as androgenic alopecia and you still find this area to large to cover with the recommended dose, we advise one of two things…

Firstly, you can either try your best to cover the relevant areas of your scalp and, for example, if you feel you didn’t get quite enough coverage in one area, such as the crown, that time, the next time you apply your dose, ensure this area is properly covered on the next application. You can repeat this process each time.

Secondly, you may find it easier to ensure proper coverage if you switch to a different formulation eg. from a foam to a liquid, so this is also worth trying if you are still having difficulty with your applications. However, you must stick with the recommended dose and must not use two different formulations at one time.

If you are concerned that after the six or so months you have been using minoxidil that you are not seeing the results you had hoped for, it may be that you are not using the right mix of female hair loss treatments for your level and pattern of shedding.

In addition to checking you are using the optimum formulation of minoxidil, a hair loss specialist can also recommend additional hair growth supporting products which you could add in to your existing hair regimen and may find beneficial.

These range from FDA-cleared low level laser therapy devices, such as the LaserBand, which has been shown to stimulate the follicles, helping to promote strong, healthy hair growth, to highly-targeted one-a-day food supplements.

Even if you later decide not to go ahead with these additional options, we still believe it is worthwhile checking in with an expert so they can assess your scalp and ensure you are using the correct treatment and optimum dose for your condition and medical profile.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

It has long been established that stress is one of the key non-genetic influences on hair loss of various kinds.

The autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, which causes rounded bald spots, or patchy hairloss to the scalp, to appear suddenly, can often be triggered by a sudden shock or trauma.

Now, scientists investigating the relationship between ‘social stress’ – defined as that caused by particularly stressful life events – and autoimmune diseases have found that gut health may be the missing link.

This work expands on previous studies also suggesting associations between the gut and Alopecia Areata.

Social stress-reactive gut microbiota

The study was written and carried out by researchers at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar Ilan University in Safed, Israel, and was published in early May 2019 by the American Society for Microbiology.

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Through a number of mice trials, where a group of mice were subjected to other aggressive mice (providing ‘social stress’) for 10 days, and a control group of mice was not, they demonstrated that “chronic social stress induces virulence-associated transcriptional patterns in the murine gut microbiota”.

Essentially, this means that when we encounter intense stress in our lives, the reaction this causes in our gut may then affect our immune system, leading to some individuals having an increased risk of developing autoimmune disorders, including the various forms of Alopecia Areata, including Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.

You can find out more about the methodology and in-depth report of the team’s finding in their paper, entitled Social-Stress-Responsive Microbiota Induces Stimulation of Self-Reactive Effector T Helper Cells.

These findings may show that the type of stress that can trigger autoimmune disorders does not need to be sudden, for instance following an accident or a bereavement, and may also be due to prolonged periods of high stress levels.

Furthermore, they are food for thought for researchers developing potential treatments for these conditions; in the future it may be that we see drugs that target the gut in order to treat Alopecia Areata.

Current treatment options

Current Alopecia Areata treatment options tend to only be of significant potential benefit for people with the scalp-only form.

Those with the more extensive forms – Alopecia Totalis and Universalis – which cause baldness of the entire head, including facial hair, or from head to toe, respectively – have limited options at present.

However, over the past few years previously unseen levels of research and development have been on-going and it is hoped that – whilst a cure for Alopecia Areata remains elusive, new treatment options for all forms of the disorder will soon be ready for prescription.

The most promising area of development at present is that of JAK inhibition, with various large pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer and Aclaris Therapeutics, racing to be the first to bring their Alopecia Areata medication to market. It is estimated that the earliest these treatments – topical and/or oral – would be made available by is 2021.

For now, adults with the scalp only phenotype can get hair loss advice and treatment recommendations from a specialist hair loss clinic, whilst children under 16 with any form and adults with more extensive iterations should consult their GP or dermatologist.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Researchers are still trying to prove whether or not platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is an effective way to treat various forms of hair loss, either on its own or as an adjunct to clinically-proven treatments.

The latest findings come from the Department of Dermatology at Chengalpattu Medical College in Tamil Nadu, India, where a team has been investigating PRP as a treatment for Alopecia Areata.

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An example of PRP being administered for hair loss during a trial in Italy (February 2017)

This is an autoimmune disorder which can cause various amounts of baldness to the scalp and other hair-bearing areas, from mild (patchy hair loss of the scalp only – Alopecia Areata) to complete loss of all hair from head to toe (Alopecia Universalis).

This study report, published in the May 2019 International Journal of Research in Dermatology, does not specify which types of autoimmune alopecia it concentrated on, but – from the progress photos included in the study – it would appear to be the scalp-only form.

Small scale trial

The Chengalpattu team recruited a total of 20 participants – 16 men and 4 women – for the study, making it particularly small in scale.

Each participant took part in four sessions, where was administered PRP injections directly into the areas of the scalp where hair loss was present, every 28 days for a total of 6 months. A follow-up was also carried out at the 12 month mark, 6 months after this PRP treatment had ended.

Of the 20 patients, 13 (65%) are said to have “responded well to treatment”, 3 (15%) reported a “moderate response” and 4 (20%) “showed no response”. Two (10%) of the total group also experienced a relapse at the end of the study.

Debatable conclusion

The study’s corresponding author, Dr. Kamalanathan Nallu and their team concluded from these results that “PRP was found to be an effective treatment modality for alopecia areata”.

This is a debatable statement given the size of the study and the fact that Alopecia Areata is an erratic condition whereby spontaneous hair regrowth may resume naturally, especially within the first 12 months of developing the scalp-only iteration.

As Belgravia Superintendent Pharmacist, Christina Chikaher advises, “Whilst PRP may yet be proven to have benefits for those with Alopecia Areata, this study is too limited to show this outright.

Larger, wider-ranging trials would be needed before it could reasonably be claimed that PRP is – or is not – an effective method of treating alopecia.

However, it is certainly an increasingly popular approach to addressing a number of non-scarring hair loss conditions, despite any firm, reliable scientific proof of its role in hair growth, and definitely warrants further long-term investigation.”

There are many drugs in the advanced stages of clinical trials that appear promising as potential treatments for Alopecia Areata, Totalis and Universalis, most notably those based on JAK inhibitors.

For now though, any adults with patchy hair loss to the scalp only may be offered Alopecia Areata treatment at a specialist hair loss clinic, whilst those with the more severe forms, and children with any phenotype, are advised to consult their GP as a first port of call.

Further information about dealing with the condition and helpful resources, such as where to obtain free real-hair wigs and details of local peer support groups, can also be found via dedicated hair loss charities, such as Alopecia UK and the Little Princess Trust/Hero by LPT.


The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Audrey

Question: I have a facial dermaroller which I use as part of my skincare routine. I have noticed thinning hair around my temples and generally my hair feels not as thick as it used to. I understand from reading hair loss forums that dermarolling before using hair loss treatment can help the medication to work better so can I use my facial dermaroller on my scalp, even if I just try it on my temples where it’s easiest to get to?

Answer: Hi, Audrey. Essentially there is no difference between a facial dermaroller and one that can be used on the scalp – they are the same tool.

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However, in order to ensure the transfer of bacteria is minimised – and, therefore, help to reduce the risk of infection – the dermaroller should always be kept clean and sterilised after each use. So, once it has been used on the face it should be properly cleaned and sterilised before it is used anywhere on the scalp, and this process should be repeated again after you have used it on the areas of your head with hair loss.

However, there is currently little scientific evidence to prove that microneedling using a dermaroller, or other microneedling device, actually does enhance the performance of high strength minoxidil – the topical hair loss solution used to treat thinning hair in women.

This medication is already formulated to have the optimal absorption rate and, as long as the application advice is followed properly, this should be all you need to get the best results from your treatment. There are additional non-invasive elements you could consider if you want to try giving your hair growth a ‘boost’, such as using an FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) device to stimulate the follicles, such as the HairMax LaserBand.

If you want to address your hair loss, the first step we would recommend is to get a professional diagnosis of your condition. After all, there are numerous different women’s hair loss conditions that can cause thinning hair and a drop in volume.

The most common, Female Pattern Hair Loss, is a permanent, progressive genetic condition for which there are clinically-proven treatment options, and various hair growth supporting products that can be used alongside the topical medications.

This causes a drop in hair density and thinning hair, due to a process called follicular miniaturisation, along the top of the scalp, from hairline and temples to crown.

Other reasons for hair fall include Telogen Effluvium and Chronic Telogen Effluvium, both of which are temporary issues which present approximately three months after being triggered and cause thinning hair all over the scalp. Although normal hair growth should resume naturally, there are also hair loss treatment options for these conditions, too.

Another issue worth considering, as you specifically mention hair loss at your temples, is Traction Alopecia. This is caused by repeatedly wearing tight hairstyles – not just braids or hair extensions or weaves, but also common styles such as a high ponytail or taut bun.

The strain these hairstyles place on the scalp damages the follicles, leading to hairloss, hair breakage, which can cause hair to look dull, thin and frazzled, and receding at the temples as the hairline bears the brunt of this tension.

A combination of wearing the hair naturally, allowing the scalp and follicles to recover and, where appropriate, following a Traction Alopecia treatment course, can often help to restore healthy hair growth in mild to moderate cases. However, if the follicles have been severely damaged, the result may be permanent baldness in the affected areas.

Even if you choose to ‘go it alone’ with your own hair regrowth regimen, we would certainly advise you first visit a reputable hair loss clinic for a diagnosis and advice before starting this, so you can make a fully-informed decision as to which treatments are best for you, that you feel confident in and comfortable with.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s women’s hair loss treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Traction Alopeciaand Follicular Degeneration Syndrome which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan available from Belgravia, as devised by her dedicated hair loss specialist.

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treatingTraction Alopeciaor Follicular Degeneration Syndrome by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Stu

Question: Hi. I keep reading about ‘the big 3’ hair loss treatments for men. Can you tell me what these are and how I get them?

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Answer: Hi, Stu. There is no official definition of ‘The Big Three’ when it comes to hair loss treatments for men and, as such, there are a number of variations, depending on who you ask.

One thing most will agree on is that two of ‘The Big Three’ are finasteride 1mg and high strength minoxidil – currently the only two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatments for Male Pattern Baldness.

Finasteride 1mg is a one-a-day oral tablet taken to inhibit formation of the cause of follicular miniaturisation, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is often referred to as ‘Propecia‘, as that was the medication’s first authorised brand name, despite there being various brands offering this drug now.

By targeting the substance that causes thinning hair directly, the aim is to allow hair to grow unhindered, preventing baldness with on-going use.

Minoxidil is a topical vasodilator; a hair loss solution applied directly to the scalp in order to promote accelerated localised hair growth. This is a dose-dependent drug which, when used in high strength formulations, can be particularly beneficial to stubborn areas of shedding, such as a thinning crown or a receding hairline.

You may find some people, especially in online hair loss forums, recommend the use of another DHT-blocker, dutasteride, instead of or in addition to finasteride. It would appear this advice is opinion-based and comes from people who are not medically qualified as dutasteride is not a licensed hair loss treatment in the UK and its off-label use for this purpose is not something Belgravia professionals support or condone.

Some people cite Nizoral or Alpecin shampoo as the third member of the Big Three club. However, we are unaware of any reliable scientific evidence that these cleansers have anything other than a cosmetic effect on the hair.

The third space, in our opinion, should go to FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices such as the HairMax LaserBand, as this non-invasive method of follicle-stimulation has been shown in clinical trials to improve hair density.

This form of therapy can be self-administered, at home, and used alongside either or both of the two authorised hair loss medications.

If you are worried about losing your hair and would like personalised treatment recommendations and hair growth supporting product suggestions based on your condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, we recommend visiting a dedicated hair loss specialist for professional advice, even if this is just an information-gathering exercise.

There is a lot of mis-information from unqualified sources, particularly on the internet, regarding hair growth products and treating male hair loss, so it can be beneficial – and, we often hear, comforting – to get advice from an experienced expert before deciding which route is best for you.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.