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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 18 01 18A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr A, pictured, has seen lots of new growth after his first three months of treatment.

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

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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.


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Name: Ade

Question: When I first noticed my hair loss I decided to just accept it since nothing can be done about because it’s natural to some people, am I right in saying that? Moreso, am almost bald now, can you still help me regain my hair? Just to add, I am African and I live in the UK.

Answer: Hi, Ade. You are right in saying that hair loss is natural, but not that nothing can be done about it.

We are assuming, for the purpose of answering your question, that you are talking about male pattern baldness – the common hereditary condition which can cause thinning hair and a receding hairline in men with a genetic predisposition. You would, of course, need a professional diagnosis in order to confirm this before seeking any treatment.

Male pattern hair loss is indeed a naturally occurring condition and one which can present any time following puberty in those who have the active ‘balding genes’. It is a permanent hair loss condition which gets progressively worse over time but only affects the top of the scalp and hairline.

There are two MHRA and FDA-approved treatments for men – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. These drugs can help to stabilise hair fall, promote hair growth and prevent baldness, as long as the hair follicles are still active when treatment is started. If the scalp has taken on the smooth, shiny appearance associated with baldness, this is indicative of non-functioning follicles. In these cases hair loss treatment is futile as it will not regrow hair due to there being no follicles capable of producing hair, left to stimulate. In these instances, depending on how much good quality donor hair there is, a hair transplant may be a viable option.

If it is simply that there is thinning hair or a receding hairline where the hairs are fine but still present, a custom treatment course is certainly worth considering. At Belgravia we often recommend a rounded approach in the form of clinically-proven medications and complementary non-medicinal hair growth boosters.

These centre on the one-a-day oral tablet finasteride 1mg, which blocks the production of the hormone responsible for causing follicular miniaturisation in cases of genetic hair loss – DHT, and topical applications of the vasodilator high strength minoxidil can help to promote accelerated hair growth.

These treatments and additional booster options including home-use LLT devices such as the LaserComb and LaserBands, and the premium hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics for Men – which combines key nutrients with a DHT-lowering botanical extract – are all suitable for use on all hair types, including Afro hair.

If you would like to receive a confirmed diagnosis and personalised treatment advice, we recommend either visiting one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics for a free consultation. Alternatively, if you are unable to come to London, you can receive an online consultation via the form on our website.


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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.


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A Las Vegas-based model who has refused to let severe hair loss get in the way of a glittering career is now starring in one of America’s hottest reality TV competition shows.

Jeana Turner ANTM Cycle 24Jeana Turner, 24, features amongst a pleasingly diverse selection of contenders for the new series of America’s Next Top Model, the long-running show which is back to being fronted by its original boss, Tyra Banks for its 24th season.

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Turner, whose hair loss has been caused by an extreme form of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, has already enjoyed success in the pages of such international magazines as Maxim and Playboy, and describes herself on her Facebook page as a glamour, lingerie and swimwear model.

Her hairloss, however, appears to be a lingering source of sadness, as a clip from ANTM cycle 24 shows her breaking down in tears when stylists remove her wig. She tells the camera: “Many people have told me I’m not beautiful.”

The 5ft 5in model’s Instagram page boasts over 149,000 followers and features a mixture of photographs in which she sports either a wig (from a wide selection) or a completely smooth head. Other bald models who have lost their hair to alopecia areata have also achieved professional success, Margaret H Baker among them.

Alopecia Areata is a not-uncommon disease that is most often seen as sudden hair fall leaving rounded bald patches on the scalp, which can be as small as a coin or much larger, ranging in number and size. Jeana Turner, however, has a slightly different version of this condition.

Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis are both sister conditions to Alopecia Areata, and each will cause complete baldness of the whole head, including a loss of facial hair such as eyebrows and eyelashes. The latter condition causes those affected to also lose all of their body hair.

Jeana Turner ANTM Cycle 24 baldUnfortunately, such is the complexity of these two conditions that they are as good as untreatable at present, and existing treatment options offer little hope of regrowing a full head of hair. The same is not true of Alopecia Areata – the scalp-only version of the condition.

Alopecia Areata is treatable

When people present to Belgravia with the bald spots or patches of hair loss synonymous with alopecia, they are often comforted to know that the scalp-only phenotype can generally be treated in people aged 16 and over who are deemed medically suitable.

They are often further encouraged by the Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories showing others with the condition pictured before and after treatment, whose hair loss cleared up significantly – in many cases, with full regrowth visible.

Whilst results may vary and are not guaranteed given everyone responds differently, Belgravia finds that its Alopecia Areata treatment – which involves a bespoke course featuring several hair growth boosters and daily topical applications of the drug high strength minoxidil to the affected areas – has a high success rate. Unlike for permanent genetic hair loss conditions, treatment for Alopecia Areata does not need to be used on an on-going basis. Once the hair regrowth has reached its optimum levels, treatment can be stopped.

In the not-too-distant future there may also be hope for people with Alopecia Totalis and Universalis thanks to the pioneering work of research teams based chiefly in America, which have been investigating the possibility of using a suite of drugs known as JAK inhibitors as new treatment options.

Originally developed for a variety of serious conditions including certain cancers, these drugs have shown remarkable promise at regrowing hair in some trials and it now appears that the likelihood of them being perfected for use on alopecia-related diseases – and, crucially, being deemed safe to do so – is within the scientists’ grasp. In fact, due to this glaring, unmet medical need, the American medical regulatory body, the FDA, has fast-tracked development of an oral treatment for severe alopecia areata, which is currently in the penultimate stages of clinical trials.


The Belgravia CentreThe 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.


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People who experience hair loss can often pin it down to a genetic condition – male or female pattern baldness – but sometimes thinning hair is caused by a reaction to a completely unrelated medical complaint.

This appears to have been the case for French tennis star Marion Bartoli, who has recently revealed that a mystery illness contracted in India caused her hair to start falling out.

Marion Bartoli TennisPersonal problems in 2014

The Wimbledon 2013 winner, who retired from the limelight not long after her landmark victory, said in an interview with French sports newspaper L’Equipe that an ex boyfriend was to blame for a number of personal problems she endured from around May 2014, including weight loss.

This coincided with an unnamed and apparently very serious virus entering her bloodstream which resulted in her losing even more weight – to the point that she was stopped from playing in a Wimbledon invitational event in 2016 amid health concerns.

During this period, the player says she would see her hair fall out when she brushed it, and also revealed that she almost lost her teeth.

What seems likely is that in her weakened state Bartoli had become susceptible to quite a common shedding condition known as telogen effluvium. This hair loss condition has a number of triggers and is a biological response to some kind of stress that has been placed on the body. This can be emotional stress as experienced by somebody who may be depressed or overworked, or physical stress of the type that might arise when somebody adopts a punishing gym regime, starts new medication or contracts an illness of some kind – even if it is undiagnosed.

In most cases, hair lost to telogen effluvium will grow back when the underlying cause ceases to exist. When this does not happen and hair thinning continues longer than a year, it is normally reclassified as chronic telogen effluvium, also known as diffuse hair loss.

Telogen effluvium can be treated

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsAt Belgravia, treatment for telogen effluvium and for diffuse hair loss can be effective, and makes use of topically-applied high strength minoxidil from the formulations available at the clinic’s in-house pharmacies. This can be used in conjunction with complementary hair growth boosters, including FDA-cleared low level laser therapy devices such as the HairMax LaserComb, which are combed through the hair in order to stimulate follicles.

Another popular addition to Belgravia’s hair loss treatment courses is the one-a-day, premium food supplement for healthy hair growth, Hair Vitalics, which has been designed by Belgravia’s experts to provide highly-targeted support from key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts. These exclusive supplements, which are free from sugar, salt, lactose and gluten, and are suitable for vegetarians, have been formulated in for Men and for Women options, for maximum benefit.

The good news for Bartoli is that she appears to be on the mend. On a TV interview with This Morning her hair was looking vibrant again, and she has also revealed that she hopes to return to competitive tennis in March if she feels fit enough.


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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.


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

book commment male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 18 01 18A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr J, pictured, is very happy with the results at his first check-up. Lots of new growth has appeared in the areas affected by his hereditary condition.

Find out what he 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 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.


American model Emily Ratajkowski has landed herself in hot water after comments that she posted on Instagram and Twitter were deemed offensive to people who were experiencing hair loss.

The 26-year-old Californian was posting to social media after having won a new contract to be the face of the haircare brand Kérastase, only to find herself pilloried by some fans when she wrote that “hair is a fundamental part of beauty, femininity, and identity.” The full original post is pictured here.

Emily Ratajkowski Kerastase Instagram PostInsensitive comments

Critics were quick to point out that these comments were somewhat insensitive to anybody who had lost their hair – either to chemotherapy treatment or perhaps to the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata or one of its related phenotypes, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis.

The Evening Standard picked up on the story and highlighted some of the comments. Among these were: “Are you for real @emrata my best friend @zconers has endured chemotherapy radiotherapy and a stem cell transplant and lost every last hair on head yet it was the most beautiful I have ever seen her!?” And also: “Pretty sure all the girls and women that have lost their hair are still just as beautiful. I used to be a big fan of you, but this is just shallow. Unfollowed.”

A third posted: “And your apology? Did it get lost in your ego or in all that beautiful hair that defines who you are?”

Following the furious reactions, Emily Ratajkowski deleted her original tweet and replaced the caption on her Instagram post with some less controversial text. She also tweeted an apology, saying: “I really apologize about my post that hair is a beauty of a feminine. I didn’t mean to offend people who are struggling w/ cancer.. I meant that everyone is beautiful on their own way and my hair is something beautiful that makes me confident about myself.”

Kerastase also took down the advert from its social media channels and responded to commenters saying, “We are deeply sorry for offending our fans and followers – it was absolutely not our intention. As our new muse, Emily, says, “everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own way”, and we agree wholeheartedly. We sincerely apologize and appreciate that you have called us out. We have learned from this and we will do better in future.”

Female Pattern Hair Loss ConsultationDifferent point of view

Ratajkowski’s initial suggestion that hair is a fundamental part of beauty, femininity and identity is actually a far from uncommon standpoint, though it is often espoused by women who are losing their locks and who are, therefore, coming at things from a slightly different angle.

Hair lost during cancer treatment is especially hard to bear, and most women who are undergoing chemotherapy will be warned that they can expect to lose some or most of their hair. In many cases, it will grow back, and shedding can also be avoided or minimised some of the time if a patient is able to use a scalp-cooling device called a cold cap during treatment.

When regrowth is stubborn or otherwise problematic, help can sometimes be offered by a specialist hair loss clinic. At Belgravia, hair growth can often be given a helping hand courtesy of a bespoke hair loss treatment course tailored to the individual’s specific condition, medical and lifestyle needs. These courses feature clinically-proven medications and additional hair growth boosters such as the highly-targeted nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics for Women for healthy hair growth.

This can also be of help in cases of alopecia areata, though supplements would not normally be considered a primary treatment option. When hair lost to alopecia areata is not too widespread – i.e. it presents as small bald patches – then Belgravia’s experts have found that high strength minoxidil from the formulations available at the clinics’ in-house pharmacies can be very effective, as shown in the assortment of before and after photographs in the archives.


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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.


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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 16 01 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Miss T, pictured, is happy with her new growth saying “I have been very pleased with my results over the course of the year”.

Find out what else she 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 Hair Loss ClinicThe 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.


Imagine taking the drastic decision to have surgery to address your hair loss only to be told that your results may not look natural due to the diameter of your donor hair.

This is, it seems, a common state of affairs among men from Asia and India with the genetic condition male pattern baldness. The reason for this discrepancy is that in people with the Asian hair type, hairs located around the back and sides of the scalp – the areas unaffected by hereditary hair loss and thus harvested as donor hair during transplant operations – are noticeably thicker than those located around their hairline.

With this in mind – and with the Asian hair type being the most dominant worldwide – researchers at the Institute of Dermatology in Thailand are investigating long pulse lasers to shrink the hair shaft diameter before men have a hair transplant.

Hair transplant issues for Asian men

Hair Types by Hair Follicle DiagramDoctors at the Institute have announced a clinical trial to study this and are expected to start recruiting soon. Around 15 participants are anticipated, and each will be subjected to long-pulsed, 1064nm Nd-YAG laser at the donor site (the back and sides of their head) before the operation.

The doctors write: “Most Asians tend to have large size of hair shaft at the donor area, which often cause unnatural look of the hairline at the frontal area after hair transplantation due to the contrast between the transplanted hair and the original hair. The idea of reducing the size of the hair shaft in the certain part of donor area before being transplanted to the frontal hairline becomes appealing. This transection is being practiced extensively in the field of cosmetic medicine by using long-pulsed Neodymium-Doped:Yttrium Aluminium Gamet (Nd:YAG), a laser treatment for permanent hair removal and vascular lesions.”

Hair loss experts understand the nuances of racial hair types very well, and when devising a tailored hair loss treatment course – a popular and non-invasive alternative to a hair transplant in many cases – hair type is just one of a multitude of things that is taken into consideration. Many people don’t realise, for example, that different hair types have differently-shaped follicles; nor do they generally know that Afro hair grows at the slowest rate, whilst Asian hair usually exists in greater numbers on a person’s head and also grows about 40% more quickly than Afro hair. And, whilst Caucasian hair tends to be the densest hair type, blondes tend to have more hairs on their head than both brunettes and redheads.

During a hair transplant follicles that are transplanted from the back of the head to the front should prevent hair thinning in this area. This is because, in men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness, it is only those follicles at the front and top of the head that are sensitive to a hormone named dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is what causes them to gradually thin. The newly-implanted hairs carry their own set of genetic traits, and should therefore be spared the effects of DHT – unlike the hairs around the top of the scalp and hairline surrounding the new grafts.

Preventing hair loss after a hair transplant

Hair loss after a hair transplant is common, and it can take around 12 months to see the finished results. However, aside from this expected hair fall, hairloss may also occur following restoration surgery if proper aftercare is lacking.

Whether due to a lack of suitable donor hair or for financial reasons, a man may choose to have one particular area surgically restored, such as a receding hairline for example. Whilst this may address shedding in this area,  without intervention, the follicles along the vertex will remain susceptible to genetic hair thinning.

In cases where this happens, a “hair island” can form as the existing hairs continue to thin and fall out around the repositioned follicles. It is for this reason that men undergoing a transplant are generally advised to follow a male hair loss treatment course on an ongoing basis following the procedure.

At Belgravia, each client’s dedicated hair loss specialist will tailor a custom treatment programme to their level and pattern of thinning, as well as their medical profile and lifestyle needs. These are based around the only two MHRA and FDA approved drugs for male pattern hair loss: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

Belgravia’s clients – of all races – tend to follow personalised combination courses comprising topical applications of high strength minoxidil to encourage regrowth, as well as taking the once-a-day DHT-blocking tablet finasteride 1mg. In addition to this, they are usually offered several hair growth booster products which can help to increase the chances of healthy hair regrowth. What many men prefer about this multi-faceted approach is that it is more discreet than a transplant.

Some surgeons actually recommend that patients also begin treatment at least six months before their operation in order to maximise hair growth and also to make the area easier to work with during surgery. At this point some men may decide they no longer want to proceed with surgical hair restoration at all; many are able to avoid hair transplants entirely by taking this approach.


Circ - Male Pattern Baldness hair loss treatment Belgravia Centre clinic LondonThe 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.


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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 15 01 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr M, pictured, was pleasantly surprised to see lots of new growth in the areas affected by his hereditary condition saying “The photos are quite dramatic!”

Find out what else he 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 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.


Different types of hair loss have a multitude of causal factors, ranging from genetics to autoimmune responses and also environmental issues – and smoking is thought to be among them.

While few studies support the idea that heavy smoking is a guaranteed way to lose your hair, one notable investigation in Taiwan did find that men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day had a heightened risk of losing hair to the genetic condition male pattern baldness.

Dry, brittle hair, hair loss and premature greying

Smoking-Bad-Habits-Lifestyle-Hair-Loss-MPBMore widely accepted is the notion that – for want of a better term – putting ‘bad things’ into your body can wreak havoc with the hair in a number of ways. Just like poor diets and personal stress levels can influence hair health, so too can the chemical assault that comes with prolonged smoking. The net result can be hair that looks dry and feels thin and brittle. Whilst cosmetic treatments and nutritional hair growth supplements may help the hair to appear healthier, nothing beats the effects of stopping smoking.

The list of reasons to stop smoking seems never-ending – and includes the fact that studies have also found that smokers are more likely to experience premature greying. Additionally, smoking may lead to certain health conditions, including diabetes, which in turn can lead to hair loss.

With this in mind and with January the most common time of year for people to try and turn over a new leaf, it is perhaps worth pausing to think about how best someone may stop smoking. New research collated in a YMCA Exercise Intervention for Smoking Cessation Study at the University of Texas in Austin suggests the following five-point plan:

1 Find time to ease into it
The study’s authors note that cold turkey is not the best option, and that a good way to try and stop is to progressively lower the number of cigarettes you have in the weeks leading up to your quitting.

2 Find a reason to quit
Negative goals such as “I don’t want to waste money” or “I don’t want to be unhealthy” tend to be less powerful than positive ones such as “I want to save up for an amazing holiday” or “I want to be fit enough to play with my kids.”

3 Find social support
Not only can the encouragement of friends and family give you a boost, but if they are smokers it may be a good idea to ask them not to do so while they are around you. As with hair loss treatment, it may also be beneficial to some to share their journey on social media in order to help keep themselves on track, as well as providing a stream of support – something Instagram can be useful for.

4 Find your weaknesses
The Austin report suggests that it is worth identifying high risk situations before making the decision to quit; do you always feel like you need a cigarette when you have a drink, for example? There is no guaranteed fix for getting yourself out of tricky situations like this, but trying to think of a solution for if and when it happens – or avoiding such social settings in the early stages of your journey – is worth considering.

5 Find a back-up plan
Giving up cigarettes can be very difficult, so it may be wise to consider ways in which to help yourself – such as ready access to nicotine patches or gum.

Studies have found that even light smoking can still cause a variety of medical problems – possibly contributing to hair loss conditions such as telogen effluvium. This temporary thinning condition is the body’s response to factors in a person’s life that are biologically damaging, and while treatment for telogen effluvium is possible, it may be avoided entirely by removing such stressors.

Speed up hair loss

Perhaps the most worrying aspect of smoking as it pertains to hair loss is that experts believe it may accelerate the hereditary conditions male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss in people who already have active genetic predispositions. In other words, someone who is genetically coded to start losing hair in their 40s could see hair loss begin somewhat earlier because of the effects that smoking has on the hair and body.

It is important to note, however, that some people’s DNA has not earmarked them for genetic hairloss at any point in their life, regardless of lifestyle factors. It is even possible to carry the relevant genes for male and female pattern baldness without them being active; this is why hairloss can sometimes appear to skip a generation, affecting some family members but not others.

As a general rule, smoking is unquestionably a bad idea if personal well-being – be that fitness levels, the vitality of the skin or the health of your hair, and avoiding the myriad illnesses linked to it – is important to you. One school of thought is that nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes can restrict the flow of blood to the hair follicles, thus impeding growth; another is that free radicals in smoke cause cell damage.

One thing that often results when a hair loss condition is first diagnosed, or excessive hair fall becomes noticeable, is worry; this is an entirely normal response, as people are usually far more attached to their hair than they ever realised – and the thought of losing it can be devastating. Luckily, hair loss treatment exists for most conditions and, when handled by an expert, the prognosis can often be very good.

Smokers and non-smokers alike who are concerned about prolonged hair shedding can usually get a professional diagnosis quickly and easily at a specialist hair loss clinic, as well as advice on how best to proceed. In many cases they will also leave with reassurance that the outlook is not as bleak as they may have feared.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Growth supplements boosters lasercombThe 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.


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