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People who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes sometimes find that hair loss seems to happen around the same time. Excessive hair shedding from all over the scalp can even signal an underlying, undiagnosed medical issue such as diabetes. However, once the health condition is being properly managed, then hair usually starts to regrow.

But good management of diabetes can be easier said than done, and many people not only struggle with their medication but they also find it difficult to change their lifestyle and implement some of the things that their doctors tell them will help them better control their blood sugar levels. Now, somewhat ironically, techniques based on the likes of Candy Crush may benefit people with diabetes.

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For people who fall into this group, a new study from America suggests that one way to get people more interested in – and better at – diabetes control is to bring an online gaming aspect to proceedings. A team of doctors based primarily in Boston recruited 456 patients with poorly-controlled diabetes and randomly split them into two groups.

Both were given regular information about civics, such as citizenship (something of a red-herring) and also about diabetes management. The first group’s diabetes management information was provided via an online or phone-based educational game, whereas the latter were given their diabetes information in a booklet.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the researchers discovered that those in the former group got a better grip on their blood sugar management than those in the other group. Further incentive to do well was provided with the promise of $100 gift certificates for those who achieved the best scores.

The results support emerging theory that online and phone-based technologies, especially when coupled with gaming, may provide clever new ways to improve health. The doctors in the Boston study do note, however, that the results were not necessarily representative of the general population and that nearly all of the participants were male.

Diabetes rates triple

Over the past 20 years, Type 2 diabetes has tripled in the UK and it follows that diabetes-related hair loss would likely have seen a similar spike. The disease places the body under immense physical stress, especially in the initial stages of diagnosis when a patient has to embark upon a steep learning curve to try and keep their blood sugar levels under control.

The two main hair loss conditions that can arise as a result of diabetes are Telogen Effluvium and also diffuse hair loss, the latter actually describing cases of Chronic Telogen Effluvium. Although in each instance the shedding can seem intense and sudden, it is actually triggered around three months prior to the hair fall becoming noticeable.

While many people would agree that a diabetes diagnosis is probably worse than finding out that you have problems with thinning hair, watching your hair fall out can undoubtedly add to a patient’s woes. Temporary hair thinning caused by telogen effluvium or chronic TE may sound like a small issue but it can result in significant hair fall of up t0 50 per cent, which can be understandably shocking and upsetting for those affected. Knowing this – and also the variety of complex medical problems that diabetes can cause – doctors around the world have recently been warning people about everything from lack of sleep to the dangers of too many fizzy drinks when it comes to possible causes of Type 2 diabetes.

Hair loss treatment options

At Belgravia, treatment for Telogen Effluvium – as well as diffuse hair loss treatment – can be effective and makes use of topically-applied high strength minoxidil from the formulations available at the clinic’s in-house pharmacies. This medication can be used in conjunction with complementary hair growth boosters, including the FDA-cleared low level laser therapy device the HairMax LaserComb, which is slowly combed through the hair in order to stimulate follicles.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Men Women Hair Growth Hair Care 360pxAnother popular addition to Belgravia’s hair loss treatment courses is the one-a-day, premium food supplement for healthy hair growth, Hair Vitalics, 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 suitable for vegetarians, have been formulated in for Men and for Women options, for maximum benefit.

Whilst the hair loss conditions linked to illnesses, such as diabetes, and certain medications, affect the whole scalp, if the shedding is more intense at the top of the head and/or hairline, it is possible that androgenetic alopecia – often better known as male and female pattern baldness – is also at play. Genetic hairloss only affects the vertex and hairline areas but can present simultaneously alongside these temporary conditions.

Although androgenetic alopecia is permanent and – as yet – no cure has been developed, it can generally be successfully managed with a targeted treatment regimen. Even in cases where the genetic predisposition to these hereditary forms of hair loss were dormant, the temporary shedding can sometimes initiate their onset, as well as potentially exacerbating existing hair thinning.

For these reasons – and simply for peace of mind – if there are any concerns over unusual levels of hair fall, a consultation with a hair loss specialist can be beneficial in order to obtain a confirmed diagnosis and – where necessary – recommended hair loss solutions tailored to their findings.


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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 male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 12 12 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr S, pictured, is thrilled with his results and service to date saying “The staff are super friendly and make me feel comfortable”.

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…

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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 London Hair Loss Clinic New Carrier Bags Recycled Paper Recycle Eco-FriendlyThe Belgravia Centre is making moves in the environmentally-conscious arena and is happy to announce that our first change is switching to eco-friendly carrier bags!

Both Belgravia’s Central London and City of London hair loss clinics now carry these premium, ecological bags, which come in two sizes and are sturdy enough to be re-used.

We are pleased to share that these new carriers, which are given to clients collecting their hair loss treatment medication, any shampoo or hair growth booster products, such as Hair Vitalics, are made from recycled materials. Plus you can easily recycle the bags once you’ve finished with them!

As ever, the bags remain unbranded for our clients’ discretion and, of course, people are very welcome to bring their own bags if they’d prefer.

This is just the first step Belgravia is taking as part of a bid to become more environmentally-friendly, so look out for more changes in the New Year!

All updates will be added to our website, with announcements also being posted to our hair loss blog. Also, if you have any suggestions for ways Belgravia can go green, leave us a comment 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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 11 12 17A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms B, pictured, is delighted with her improvement saying “My hair has thickened evenly across my scalp and looks fabulous”.

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…

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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.


TV dancer, singer and all-round entertainer, Anton Du Beke has been speaking to the press about his hair loss and how he turned to transplant surgeons in Dublin to try and rectify things.

The Strictly Come Dancing veteran, who is 51, told the Sunday Mirror that he had been looking at photographs and images of himself on television when he saw that he was going “a bit thin at the front.”

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Anton Du Beke before his hair transplant

Hair restoration

Around half of all men of his age will have noticed exactly the same thing about their own hairline, as the genetic condition male pattern baldness (MPB)– the reason why Du Beke was going thin at the front – becomes more widespread as men age. While it can start any time post-puberty and is becoming increasingly common in men in their 20s, male pattern hair loss is more commonly seen in men in their 30s, 40s and beyond. Not every man will be affected, however; as this is a hereditary condition, some men will be spared going through what many perceive to be a very troubling and emasculating period in their life if they do not have the relevant active genetic predisposition.

Du Beke admits that his hair loss had started to bother him and tells the Mirror that he used to cover his areas of thinning hair with make up and make sure he didn’t stand under certain lights. “Basically, I didn’t like it very much,” he says.

The newspaper reports that the dancer was encouraged to undergo surgical hair restoration by actor James Nesbitt, who has had at least two transplants and has been quite vocal about the way in which he feels they have saved his career. Du Beke apparently paid around £10,000 for his hair transplant – a procedure which involves surgeons extracting follicles from the back of his head and grafting them into small incisions in the front of his scalp. What is especially interesting about this type of operation is that the implanted hairs will not be affected by the hormone DHT.

DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the testosterone by-product which is ultimately responsible for causing hair to gradually thin along the top and front of a man’s head, if he has male pattern hairloss. This is because the hereditary condition involves a genetic sensitivity to this hormone. DHT binds to the susceptible follicles, causing them to shrink and weaken; as a result, producing increasingly thinner hair until it falls out, leading to hair loss in these specific areas – such as a receding hairline and/or a thinning crown.

Without intervention, baldness may also occur in these areas though, for reasons yet unknown, DHT does not affect the hairs around the sides and back of the head. This is why the hair in these areas are used as the ‘donor hairs’ in transplant operations.

Managing male pattern baldness before and after a hair transplant

Another interesting fact about surgical hair restoration in cases of male pattern baldness is that it is still entirely possible to continue losing hair after a hair transplant.

Without additional on-going management of this permanent condition through the use of effective hair loss treatment, the implanted hairs risk forming a kind of ‘hair island’. This can occur when existing hairs around new grafts shed due to the fact that they remain subject to the effects of DHT. For this very reason, it is usually explained to men considering a hair transplant that this is merely the start of their journey.

In addition to using treatment as part of an after-care upkeep regimen, it is widely recommended by top hair transplant surgeons that men follow the same type of course for a minimum of six months prior to their op. This may seem like a strange thing to do but there are two key reasons for this guidance. Firstly, using hairloss products clinically-proven to treat male pattern baldness should stabilise any hair shedding, giving the surgeon a cleaner area to work with. Secondly, this approach should help to maximise hair regrowth ahead of the operation.

There are two clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA-approved medications which are often used as part of a non-surgical treatment programme: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.

The first, finasteride 1mg, is a once-a-day tablet that inhibits production of DHT. By minimising the amount of DHT in the system, hair growth should continue unhindered. At Belgravia, treatment courses often include recommended formulations of the high strength minoxidil from those available from at the clinics’ in-house pharmacies.

These solutions are applied directly to the scalp where needed, and help to promote localised blood flow, encouraging healthy hair growth. Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have found this approach, especially as part of a combination treatment course, to be especially effective in cases of stubborn areas, such as frontal hairloss or a thinning crown.

This two-pronged attack can be further augmented by the use of additional hair growth booster products. These include the follicle-stimulating, home-use LaserComb, and premium nutritional support via highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Men hair growth supplements which also contain saw palmetto to further help lower DHT in the bloodstream.

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Anton Du Beke after his hair transplant

Taking this recommended action in advance also allows men the opportunity to see if they still feel surgery is necessary once they see their results from pharmaceutical treatment alone. Belgravia has many clients – including Andre – who found that the changes in hair density and regrowth they experienced from following a custom male hair loss treatment course exceeded their expectations and no longer felt they needed a transplant.

Restored confidence

The question of whether or not this is all worth it depends upon the individual, but Du Beke certainly feels that getting his hair back was important. “I feel 25 again,” he told the Mirror. “It’s given me so much more confidence when appearing on television or having my picture taken. Immediately after having it done I was delighted. I knew it was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

In cases of hair restoration – whether surgical or through carefully managed treatment – a man’s confidence is often restored with it.

“At 31 my hair was thinning and beginning to recede. Like most of us these days, I care about my appearance and coming to terms with the fact that I was losing my hair was getting me down and making me lose confidence. Rather than just accept it like most family and friends suggested or had done themselves, I decided to go to Belgravia Centre for a free consultation,” says Belgravia client, Mr. L in his Success Story.

“After just 3 months of using this treatment I have been shocked by the results! My hair is looking so much thicker and stronger than it was when attending my first consultation. I am so much happier with the general appearance of my hair and I have my confidence back…”

This sentiment is echoed by Anton Du Beke who says: “I think one big thing for men is their hair. Women have all their things… but men have hair.”


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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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alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 08 12 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr N, pictured, has seen lots of new growth 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…

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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.


Manchester-City-Aguero-Shirt-Auction-Hero-By-LPT-Hair-Loss-CharityThe children’s hair loss charity, Little Princess Trust is fairly well-known in the UK. Indeed, it has received high profile support from a number of celebrities including the singer Jessie J and actor and former One Direction star, Harry Styles. But there is one key misconception about the organisation which it is working hard to remedy…

Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children with hairloss, often caused as a result of cancer treatment or from the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. However, it does not only support young girls. The charity also provides specially-styled wigs to boys too, and recently relaunched the male arm of its charity, Hero by LPT.

This fantastic endeavour has the support of current Premier League leaders, Manchester City football team who have kindly donated a signed Sergio Aguero shirt to help the charity raise money.

Raising money and accepting hair donations

A number 10 “Kun Aguero” Manchester City home shirt, signed by the forward and his teammates, is currently being auctioned by Brightwells.

The auction is open for bids now and closes at 6pm on Sunday 17th December 2017. For anyone interested in bidding, the shirt is lot number 2002.

It is hoped that this generous donation will raise significant funds for the charity which relies on donations to carry out its confidence-boosting work. Many adult men who are gradually losing their hair to male pattern baldness often find it difficult to deal with and can experience a knock to their self-esteem. Losing your hair as a child – often suddenly, and at an age where fitting in or at least not standing out seems so important – is even harder.

This is why the opportunity to have a free wig to wear, made from hair donated to the charity by people who often grow their hair intentionally, can help to bring a bit of normalcy to these children, as well as helping to restore their confidence. And it’s such a simple process too.

“If you are a child or young adult suffering hair loss through illness, contact Hero by LPT for your free real hair wig. It’s that easy,” says Man City midfielder, Raheem Stirling.

We look forward to seeing how much this football memorabilia fetches for Hero by LPT and will report back once the final fundraising total is announced. For further details, please visit


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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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alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 07 12 2017A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms G, pictured, is thrilled with her results at her three month check-up saying “it has worked wonders for me.. drastic improvements!!”

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…

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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.


Women who experience hair loss after the birth of a child are sometimes stunned to find out that the situation can take many months to sort itself out. And, as a new video that has gone viral clearly shows, hair falling out in clumps is not at all uncommon for new mums.

The condition is known as postpartum hair loss, and while it is related to another condition named Telogen Effluvium, it is actually a separate condition in its own right and is seen when hair hoarded during pregnancy starts shedding several months after the birth. According to the Instagram video that has proved to be such a peek-through-the-fingers hit, it is just the kind of thing that hairdressers see regularly.

Hair coming out in handfuls

The footage of a new mother’s postpartum hair loss received more than 1 million views in just 24 hours – having apparently taken on a ghoulish life of its own. It was posted by Christina Kreitel, the owner of Intrepid Studio Salon in Utah, and shows the hairdresser tugging on her client’s hair. As she pulls, handfuls of hair are effortlessly pulled from the customer’s head.

Kreitel told Yahoo Lifestyle: “It’s become a running joke among my pregnant clients that after they give birth, I’ll have to pull out their hair. The client in the video had a baby four months ago and that’s around when the hair loss starts.” Continues below…

Hair loss after having a baby

Unlike many things pertaining to hair loss, postpartum alopecia is not that difficult to understand. The normal growth process for all hairs consists of three phases: the growth phase which takes several years, the resting phase which lasts for about three months, and the shedding phase. Hormonal changes that occur in a woman during pregnancy can lead to a sudden increase in the amount of time the hair remains in the growth phase – which leads to hair looking and feeling lush and abundant. Beautiful hair is often commented on when a woman is pregnant.

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One of Belgravia’s Post Partum Alopecia and Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Clients’ Success Stories (Results May Vary and Are Not Guaranteed)

The flipside is that this excess hair then sheds when the pregnancy ends. Quite why the body decides to hoard so much hair in the run-up to childbirth is something of a mystery,but once the hair growth cycle returns to normal following the birth, seeing the extra hair fall can be alarming to some new mothers.

In most cases of postpartum hair loss, no remedial action is necessary – although it can obviously be quite alarming to lose hair in this way when women don’t know what’s going on. Professional postpartum hair loss treatment is available to those wishing to accelerate the hair regrowth process.

Unfortunately, matters can be complicated somewhat when the condition is not solely postpartum hair loss but is Telogen Effluvium instead. This latter condition is caused when the body is subjected to some kind of stressful incident; in this instance the rigours of childbirth can easily kickstart its onset.

Telogen Effluvium treatment can help to restore thinning hair, although this is not always necessary as in many cases hair will regrow once the “stress” has been removed. If this doesn’t happen, however, and Telogen Effluvium-related hair thinning continues, then the condition is reclassified as diffuse hair loss and treatment is recommended.

Additionally, for women with female pattern hair loss, this may accelerate their rate of shedding albeit usually temporarily. Or, for those who have the underlying genetic predisposition towards this hereditary hair loss condition but have not noticed any signs of it before, this can bring about its onset. Female Pattern Hair Loss can also present simultaneously alongside any of the aforementioned temporary conditions.

In each instance a custom hair loss treatment tailored by a specialist according to the individual client’s unique pattern and level of shedding, as well as their medical and lifestyle needs, can help to promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss going forward. These often revolve around recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil – a topical drug which is applied to the scalp once or twice per day, as advised – alongside appropriate hair growth boosters. Once of these, Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics for Women, a premium food supplement for healthy hair growth, is often offered to women as part of a comprehensive treatment course. It has been developed by Belgravia’s specialists using highly-targeted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts to nourish hair from within, however this cannot be used during pregnancy or whilst a woman is nursing.


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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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Singer Gareth Gates has taken steps to deal with the hair loss that has plagued him for several years – by having a hair transplant.

The 33-year old may have taken the plunge after an unfortunate incident back in March when he returned to the UK’s TV screens with a markedly different look to the spiky-haired young man many remembered first appearing on Pop Idol. Like many men in their 30s, it was evident that the likeable Yorkshireman was struggling with thinning hair.

Cries of “what has he done to his hair?!” echoed around the Twittersphere when the singer turned up on daytime TV show This Morning to talk about how he had taken a proactive approach to try and overcome his famous stammer. Described – rather cruelly – by the Daily Mail as “a sweeping combover”, Gates’ hairstyle was certainly eye-catching, though far from the Bobby Charlton look.

Genetic hair loss caused receding hairline

When compared to the full head of hair sported in his early singing career, it was clear back in March that the 33-year-old was losing hair to Male Pattern Baldness, the genetic condition that affects many millions of men around the world.

Gates showed clear signs of male hair loss, including moderate hair thinning along the top of his scalp and a receding hairlineContinues below…

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But following his autumn surgery, returning to the pages of the Daily Mail, Gates was in the headlines to publicly talk about a hair transplant procedure he had to address his frontal hairloss. His thinning hair had, he admitted, long knocked his confidence: “I’m constantly on stage, so image is a big, big thing for me and I have to look my best,” he said.

Before the operation, a nervous Gates said: “My hair means a lot to me so I have mixed feelings at the minute – it’s a big thing, but it’ll definitely be worth it. I’ve always wanted long hair, but I’ll be happy with dense, thick hair with a better hairline.” He then joked: “Maybe I’ll even go back to my spiky days!”

Gates’ hair restoration surgery took around eight hours, and involved surgeons extracting follicles from the back of his head and implanting them into small incisions in the front, to bolster Gareth’s hairline. Pleased with his first look at the results, the singer said he felt the time was right for more men to tackle genetic thinning head-on. He said: “Women have their lips done, faces lifted or boobs done and this now is the new thing for men — and I don’t think there should be any shame about it.”

It can take between 12 to 18 months for the full extent of hair transplant results to become visible, so Gareth Gates should start to see his new hairline emerge by October 2018.

The ravages of DHT

Once hair is transplanted from the back of the head to the front, it shouldn’t fall out again, 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 “immune” from the ravages of DHT.

However, it is all too easy for the new hairs to form a kind of “hair island” as other, existing, hairs continue to fall out around them. It is for this reason that men undergoing this type of surgery are generally advised to follow a male hair loss treatment course on an on-going basis following the procedure. Some leading surgeons actually recommend that patients also begin treatment at least six months prior to the operation in order to maximise hair growth, making 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 as many are able to avoid hair transplants entirely by taking this approach.

At Belgravia, each client’s dedicated hair loss specialist will tailor a custom hair loss 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 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. Additional hair growth boosters can help to increase the chances of healthy hair regrowth, and what many men prefer about this multi-pronged approach is that it is somewhat more discreet than a transplant.

Hair Concealer FibresDecisive action

Decisive action – be it hair loss treatment or a transplant – is likely to give a man much more confidence than some of the other options available. Back in March 2017, for example, Gates seemed to be styling his hair to cover his temples – where signs of balding in cases of MPB are common – and he was possibly using “fillers” to make the hair looks thicker too.

While these powdery products sometimes look very tempting in before/after videos, they are unfortunately often less impressive up close in real life and may also be susceptible to the ravages of inclement weather.

Additionally, hair fibres are only a temporary solution and need applying every time a man wants people to think he has a fuller head of hair. They can be somewhat distracting, too, with wearers often preoccupied with worry about whether or not their concealers are holding up when out and about. Indeed, there were even unconfirmed rumours that Wayne Rooney may be using microscopic fibre products to bulk up his hair on match days and for public appearances, as he seems to be still losing his hair despite famously having undergone hair transplants.


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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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