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View Our Extensive 'Hair Loss Success Stories' Gallery to See Regrowth Results for Over 1,000 Belgravia Centre PatientsIn the last of our Q&A series, ‘Top 10 Questions about Male Pattern Baldness, Answered‘, we tackle the question every patient wants to know the answer to – “…how long until my hair grows back?”

When it comes to Male Pattern Baldness, the timelines for seeing results from hair loss treatment varies from person to person, and from treatment to treatment.

So many factors, from the state of the follicles and stage of hair loss when treatment is started, to the patient’s age and general health profile, as well as the type of treatment being used, all influence the regrowth process. This means the rate at which you start to see results is always unique to each patient and is almost impossible to predict on a ‘general’ basis.

Assuming you are following, as directed, the most effective regimen for your condition, to both stop further hair loss and encourage the hair to grow again, there are a range of results you would usually expect to see during the first 12 months of treatment:

– Hair loss stabilisation
– Less hair falling out
– Improvement in scalp condition
– Thickening of the hair
– Regrowth in the affected areas

These are the improvements our hair loss experts check for at clinical consultations, and are what you should try to look out for and monitor, ideally by taking photos, if you are undertaking a home-use hair loss treatment programme.

Some people will see noticeable results in the first 3-6 months, whilst others may take longer to see real progress. This often depends on which phase of the hair growth cycle a patient is in when they first start treatment. Almost all users will experience hair loss stabilisation, at the very least. Following the first year of treatment, results are generally more skewed towards maintenance of the hair loss and upkeep of the achieved regrowth.

If you have a look through our Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery, which documents the progress of over 1,000 of our patients during the course of their treatment programmes, the images will give you an idea of the kinds of results you can expect to see and the timescales in which others have achieved them.

To find out more, take a look at our Guide to Different Levels of Regrowth from Hair Loss Treatment.

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.

Tofacitinib citrate, a potential ‘miracle cure’ for hair loss from Alopecia Universalis, has hit the headlines in recent days after the product regrew the hair of a man with this severe condition which causes total baldness.  What we have been surprised to see here at The Belgravia Centre is the fact that none of the tabloids have reported on the risk of serious side effects that come with the use of this medication. These side effects include serious infections, tuberculosis and cancer. We examine the condition, this latest treatment and the studies surrounding the controversial drug.

Alopecia Universalis

There are three main forms of Alopecia with Alopecia Universalis being the rarest and the most severe kind. Caused by a genetic mutation of the chromosomes, this type of Alopecia is believed to be an autoimmune disorder. The condition can occur at any age and causes a total loss of hair on the scalp and body – including eyelashes and eyebrows – and can also damage nails. Whilst the hair does spontaneously grow back for some sufferers, even years after the onset of the condition, it cannot be predicted if or when this regrowth will occur.

There is currently no cure for Alopecia Universalis although a range of treatments have been explored, the most recent being the rheumatoid arthritis drug, Tofacitinib Citrate.

Tofacitinib Citrate (brand name, Xeljanz)

Arthritis Drug Used to Treat Hair Loss from Alopecia Universalis in Yale University Study

Made by Pfizer using the brand name Xeljanz, tofacitinib citrate is a Janus-associated kinase (JAK) inhibitor which works inside cells to disrupt intracellular activities inside the JAK pathways. These are paths within our cells that are used by some signalling proteins (cytokines) to help control immune and inflammatory responses. It is a small, film-coated pill which is taken orally.

Tofacitinib citrate was approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, in adults in November 2012 but was dogged by complaints – firstly about the cost, then about the side effects.

Xeljanz is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the USA and has also received similar approvals for use in Argentina, Columbia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Switzerland. Japan have also approved tofacitinib citrate for this type of treatment in adults, however, there it goes by the brand name Jaquinus.

The drug – which is unavailable in the UK as it has not been granted a license by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – had previously been used to successfully treat psoriasis in humans and to reverse lesser forms of alopecia in mice.

Results of the Yale University of Medicine Study Using Tofacitinib Citrate to Treat Alopecia Universalis

Scientists at America’s elite Yale University School of Medicine used the drug to treat a 25 year old patient who was referred to them for treatment of plaque psoriasis, a chronic immune-mediated skin disease, and the most common strain of psoriasis, which displays as inflamed, scaly skin.

However, his diagnosis of Alopecia Universalis – which had never been treated – was also noted by the medical team and they decided upon the tofacitinib citrate treatment in order to try to cure both conditions.

The unnamed patient was almost completely hairless when he started the treatment, with the only hair being within the psoriasis plaques on his scalp.

After taking an 8 month course of tofacitinib citrate which involved 10mg per day for two months, followed by 15mg of the drug per day for another three months, the treatment was deemed to be ‘mildly effective’ in treating the patient’s psoriasis, however, he saw amazing results in terms of hair regrowth.

The subject had completely regrown scalp hair, developed eyebrows, eyelashes and facial hair, armpit hair and other hair – the first hair the man had grown in seven years.

This Yale study is the first reported case of a successful, targeted treatment for the rare Alopecia Universalis condition.

The paper detailing the Yale study, “Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Oral Tofacitinib Reverses Alopecia Universalis in a Patient with Plaque Psoriasis” (ref: J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Dec;134(12):2988-2990. doi: 10.1038/jid.2014.260) was written by Brett A. King, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and his dermatologist colleague, Brittany G. Craiglow, M.D.

Dr. King explained, “The results are exactly what we hoped for. This is a huge step forward in the treatment of patients with this condition. While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this man based on our current understanding of the disease and the drug. We believe the same results will be duplicated in other patients, and we plan to try.”

He concluded, “There are no good options for long-term treatment of alopecia universalis. The best available science suggested this might work, and it has.”

Clinical Trials & the Reported Side Effects of Xeljanz

The study’s co-author, Dr. Craiglow, said, “By eight months there was full regrowth of hair. The patient has reported feeling no side effects, and we’ve seen no lab test abnormalities, either.”

The results from this study are extremely encouraging, however, further, wider-scale clinical trials are required in order to establish whether the use of tofacitinib citrate in combating Alopecia Universalis, as well as potentially other forms of hair loss, is safe. Particularly given the alarming side effects associated with the drug in connection with its treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adults and various other conditions it has been tested for as a potential remedy, including Crohn’s disease, dry eyes, plaque psoriasis, renal transplant rejection,ulcerative colitis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Many clinical trials of Xeljanz have been, and continue to be carried out in relation to the drug’s suitability and safety as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Yale’s Dr. King has already submitted a proposal for a clinical trial involving a cream form of tofacitinib as a treatment for alopecia areata.

Phase III clinical trials for the study into the Long-Term Effectiveness And Safety Of Tofacitinib For The Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis are still under way, with results expected in 2019. However, the Phase II trials tested Xeljanz in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients that had not responded to other therapy and found the most important side effects to be increased blood cholesterol levels  (12 to 25 mg/dl LDL and 8 to 10 mg/dl HDL at medium dosage levels) and neutropenia, a granulocyte disorder whose key symptom is a deficit of white blood cells which can then lead to an increased risk of infection.

Currently scheduled until November 2019, on-going clinical trials for the drug started in February 2007. In April 2011, four patients died after beginning clinical trials with tofacitinib citrate; Pfizer said that only one of the four deaths was related to tofacitinib.

In April 2013, Arthritis Research UK reported that the European Medicines Agency (the regulatory body in charge of drug approvals in the EU) had been advised not to approve tofacitinib for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, saying ‘The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is unlikely to approve a new medication called tofacitinib citrate (brand name Xeljanz) for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis, after its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) failed to produce a positive recommendation… The committee also had “major concerns” about the medication’s safety with regard to serious infections, certain cancers, gastrointestinal perforations, liver damage and blood fat levels… Therefore, at that point in time, the CHMP was of the opinion that the benefits of Xeljanz did not outweigh its risks and recommended that it be refused marketing authorisation’.

Funmi Lampejo, Pharmacy Manager at The Belgravia Centre’s City of London clinic, explains, “Tofacitinib is an immunosuppresant. It works by damping down the immune system so that the progress and symptoms of diseases caused by the body’s own immune system attacking it can be slowed and relieved. The problem with that is that the body is not protected from opportunistic infections, and cancers are more likely to develop in the long term.”

“Essentially, they decided that the drug tofacitinib did not offer any added advantage over existing immunosuppressants, and had a worse adverse effect profile compared to drugs already on the market, particularly in patients with resistant rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, they were concerned about the incidences of serious side-effects such as cancers, infections and digestive tract problems. As the dose which may be effective for alopecia totalis and universalis has not yet been fully established, it may turn out that the adverse effect profile may improve. It is too early to speculate either way.”

The EMA’s Assessment report on Xeljanz from July 2013 highlighted a number of the European regulatory body’s ‘major concerns’ about the drug’s serious side effects and the Benefit-Risk balance.

Although the most common side effects of  Xeljanz in its usual role as rheumatoid arthritis medication, were found to be  upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, hypertension, diarrhoea and inflammation of the nasal passage (nasopharyngitis), the current Safety & Side Effects warnings on the product’s website and packaging clearly state that ‘Xeljanz may cause serious side effects’. These include:

  • Serious infections: ‘Some people have serious infections while taking Xeljanz , including tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that can spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections.’
  • Cancer and Immune System Problems: ‘Xeljanz may increase your risk of certain cancers by changing the way your immune system works.’
  • Tears (perforation) in the Stomach or Intestines: ‘Some people taking Xeljanz get tears in their stomach or intestine. This happens most often in people who also take non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or methotrexate.’

The manufacturers also state that Xeljanz is not suitable for those with infections, liver, kidney or stomach problems including ulcers, and it should not by used by women who are, or are planning to become, pregnant. There are various other conditions where the drug is deemed unsuitable, such as if the patient has recently been vaccinated.

Alternative Treatments for Alopecia Universalis

Until the Tofacitinib Citrate study outlined above, the most effective treatment for Alopecia Universalis was thought to be topical Immunotherapy. This shocks the hair follicles into production by creating an allergic reaction on the affected areas of the skin. The treatment has a success rate of around 40% and needs to be ongoing for hair growth to continue, but reported side effects – most commonly including persistent dermatitis, generalized eczema and blistering – can be unpleasant.

An American company claims its new Theradome laser helmet is the first wearable laser scalp treatment to “stop hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair”, but can this helmet really cure baldness?

Designed by a former NASA scientist, to be worn twice per week for 20 minutes at a time, the headgear is marketed more towards women with hair loss issues as, currently, the Theradome has only been FDA-cleared for use by women with their FDA clearance for men still pending

The cordless hair restoration device uses 80 cooling lasers that provide over 560 mW of low level laser therapy. This is meant to grow new, healthy hair whilst doubling the hair follicle size of existing hair, in addition to slowing down or stopping hair loss, with no side effects. Can this helmet cure baldness?

Theradome claims to show results over a period of over 100 weeks. After 18-24 weeks Theradome advises your hair will be ‘cleaner, more manageable…with improved lustre and fuller body’, with thicker, longer hair and a healthier scalp occurring after 26-50 weeks of continued use of the helmet. From 52 weeks they say you will start to see ‘the hairs on the top of the head and the vertex will start filling in’, then from the 100 week treatment mark onwards, Theradome claims users will experience ‘fuller and thicker hair will result with continued use’.

Two clinical trials were conducted by Theradome and their results state that the hair loss helmet was proven to regrow hair in 98% of users. Additionally, the studies found that hair thickness, volume and density increased by 200% within six weeks.

Our highly respected hair transplant partner, Dr Bessam Farjo, told the Daily Mail: ‘I do believe that laser technology has validity, but I’m sceptical of the specific claims made by Theradome GB that this particular headgear has the ability to increase the hair shaft diameter by 200 per cent. I have not seen any scientific evidence to support this.

‘It’s great to see businesses putting resources to the development of this technology, but more scientific results are needed to back-up the huge claims that Theradome is making.’

From the information available, this helmet appears to be potentially more of a hair growth booster rather than a hair loss treatment. Whilst hair growth boosters are an integral part of any full hair loss treatment programme, for optimum results they should be used alongside specialist medications developed to stop hair loss and start the regrowth process.

Theradome advises its helmet can be used alongside other hair loss treatments, stating that by doing so ‘your hair recovery will be even more rapid than just taking the pills alone.’

The laser therapy operates  in a similar way to the convenient HairMax LaserComb which, unlike the Theradome, is FDA-cleared for use by both men and women. A complimentary HairMax LaserComb can be included within most of Belgravia’s treatment courses.

These types of Hair Growth Boosters work primarily by stimulating the scalp to increase blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation of the scalp which can also help with scalp conditions such as dermatitis. This stimulus encourages hair growth, allowing the regrowth medication (usually Minoxidil) to work more effectively, whilst maintaining the condition of the hair and scalp.

If you would like our hair loss specialists to provide personal advice on the best course of treatment for your condition, call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free consultation. If you are unable to get to either of our Central London hair loss clinics, just complete our Online Diagnostic Form.

The most common alternative remedies thought to help ward off balding include rubbing sage oil or camphor into the top of the head, or using a shampoo which contains menthol to help stimulate the scalp.

Popular natural ‘cures’ for hair loss include Ginkgo Biloba, Stinging Nettles and Panax Ginseng, whilst a recent study also claimed pumpkin seed oil, taken orally, may be beneficial to those wanting to stop hair loss.

Hair Vitalics - Herbal Hair Loss Supplements from The Belgravia Centre

However, there is no scientific proof that these alternative remedies and natural hair loss ‘cures’ actually work.

Whilst the massaging action of applying the sage oil, and the tingling effect of camphor and menthol may stimulate the scalp, increasing blood flow to the area to help maintain the health of the existing hair, none of these natural oils actively prevent hair loss or promote regrowth.

Instead, it is possible to compliment clinical regrowth programmes with these natural remedies, using them to help boost the effects of your hair loss treatments.

The Belgravia Centre offers their own natural dietary supplement, a herbal Hair Growth Booster called Hair Vitalics. These capsules should be taken daily and are packed with important nutrients like Saw Palmetto, to ensure your hair is as healthy as possible as it grows through.

A 12 month supply of Hair Vitalics can be included free of charge when you purchase an annual course of treatment.

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To discuss the forms of hair loss treatment available with our specialist treatment advisers at a free one-on-one consultation, call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message. Alternatively, complete our Online Diagnostic Form and we will contact you with our assessment and advice.

Yes – it is definitely possible to treat Male Pattern Baldness hair loss at home. There are a number of hair loss treatments available that are suitable for home-use, although we would always suggest you contact a medical specialist to advise you on the most effective treatments and oversee your progress.

If you would like to follow one of The Belgravia Centre treatment programmes at home, you can either visit one of our Central London clinics for an initial consultation, following which your home-use treatments can be sent out, or you can fill out our quick and easy Online Consultation FormThis allows you to benefit from our treatment programmes without the need for a one-on-one consultation.

The treatments outlined in our previous Top 10 Hair Loss Questions About Male Pattern Baldness query which asked, What are the best hair loss treatments for Male Pattern Baldness?, can all be used at home, with the exception of the Clinical Treatment Therapy and Clinical Check Ups.

Your personal hair loss consultant will be able to advise you on how to use each element of the programme, and give you tips on the best way to incorporate your hair loss treatment regime into your daily routine. They will continue to provide support and advice throughout the duration of your treatment and encourage you to come in for pictures or take them yourself at home in order to document and monitor your progress, like those seen in our Hair Loss Success Stories image gallery.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation, we are based within easy reach of both Liverpool Street and Victoria stations. Call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your appointment now.

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Evie-Leigh, aged 4, donates her long hair to make wigs for kids with cancerWe always teach our children to be thoughtful and to share but not many kids would go as far to help others as kind-hearted, Evie-Leigh Austin.

On learning that some children with cancer lose their hair, this adorable  four-year-old from Burnley had 14 inches cut off her long, blonde hair, insisting it be donated to The Little Princess Trust.

Evie-Leigh was adamant the charity, which helps children deal with hair loss from cancer treatment, should use her hair to make wigs for young cancer-sufferers.

Her proud mum, Sarah-May, explained how her daughter – whose favourite film is Disney’s Tangled, a modern take on the Rapunzel fairytale – wanted “to make the poorly girls smile and feel like a princess”.

In addition to donating her own hair (before and after pictures, shown here), Evie-Leigh has also raised enough money for the charity to enable them to provide wigs for another three sick children.

The Belgravia Centre is a proud supporter of The Little Princess Trust. To find out more about the charity and how to donate your hair, visit their website: www.littleprincesses.org.uk 

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.

A Guide to Hair Loss and What You Can Do - The Belgravia Centre

Absolutely. Hair loss treatment for Male Pattern Baldness is by far the most popular service here at The Belgravia Centre.

We provide the most effective hair loss treatment programme available, which uses a combination approach involving clinically-proven medications. Belgravia also offers a number of exclusive hair growth supporting products.

Whilst each patient will have unique patterns of hair thinning, these hair loss programmes are designed by The Belgravia Centre’s experts to work most effectively in reversing Male Pattern Baldness.

Message us now to book your free hair loss consultation at The Belgravia Centre or call us on 020 7730 6666 to make your appointment.

If you are unable to attend one of our Central London clinics in Victoria or Liverpool Street, please fill out our Online Diagnostic Form and a dedicated hair loss professional will be in touch with an assessment of your condition and personalised treatment recommendations.

NEXT UP: What are the best hair loss treatments for Male Pattern Baldness? 

Kasabian's Tom (left) and Serge (Right) get ready for The Graham Norton ShowPsychedelic indie rockers, Kasabian are back with a new album, 48:13. As they prepare to play a charity gig for War Child at London’s Shepherd’s Bush O2 venue tonight, we shine a hair spotlight on the band’s most stylish member, guitarist and songwriter, Sergio Pizzorno.

The former face of Armani, Serge is known for his signature bohemian, rock ‘n’ roll look and 70’s influenced outfits, often topped off with a hat.

However, a friend let slip that the musician, who is also a gifted footballer and planned to play professionally before joining Kasabian, has recently stopped wearing hats so much as he no longer feels the need to hide his thinning crown after treating his hair loss.

As you can see from these recent pictures of Sergio (pictured right) with lead singer, Tom, it looks like the programme, which apparently involves scalp massage to stimulate blood flow and regrowth, is working. In addition to this scalp treatment, Pizzorno has his girlfriend cut his hair in a flattering way, as advised by his treatment expert. “Now my hair’s sorted!”, says Serge.

For details of our hair loss treatment programmes, including Clinical Therapy Treatment – one of a range of hair growth boosters – which involves scalp massage, steam and infra-red light therapy to stimulate the scalp, just get in touch.

Call 020 7730 6666 now or message us to book your free hair loss consultation at one of  The Belgravia Centre clinics in Central London. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit us in person, please complete our Online Diagnostic Form and a dedicated hair loss specialist will get in touch with your assessment and treatment recommendations. 

New Season Hair Styles for Spring 2015 as seen at the DKNY, Gieves & Hawkes and Jonathan Saunders London Collections Men Shows

London Collections: Men – the men’s version of London Fashion Week – is currently under way with designers including Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith and Topman Design, showcasing the latest fashions for Spring 2015.

We’ve rounded up a few of the forthcoming hair trends for men, as seen on the London catwalks to inspire you for next Spring, from Gieves & Hawkes’ preppy-looking short back and sides, and the Jonathan Saunders models’ curls, to DKNY’s 90’s retro ‘curtain’ styles and brightly coloured highlights that match your outfit.

Whichever trend you choose to follow, it seems length on top is crucial to carrying off all these looks.

If you’re experiencing thinning around your crown, are having trouble with a receding hairline, or if your hair just isn’t quite what you’d like it to be, you’ve got plenty of time to come in for a free consultation with our hair loss experts at one of The Belgravia Centre’s Central London clinics.

Start your personalised hair loss treatment programme now so you’ll be well on your way to a fuller head of hair by the time these looks come around.

Call us now on 020 7730 6666 to book your appointment or send us a message. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit The Belgravia Centre in person, you can complete our Online Diagnostic Form.

Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent condition. However, you can stop the hair loss process and reverse Male Pattern Baldness by using medically proven, professional hair loss treatments.Example of Male Pattern Hair Loss being Successfully Treated by The Belgravia Centre

Temporary hair loss is more common in women who can experience hair loss conditions such as Telogen Effluvium which can occur after pregnancy. However, it can happen to anyone, often as a side effect of certain prescription medications including beta-blockers and anti-depressants, treatments such as chemotherapy, or autoimmune conditions like Lupus.

It can also happen following excessive stress, in cases of serious life events such as divorce or a family bereavement.  This type of hair loss usually appears three months after the event which caused it but should clear up on its own, as long as the problem is not ongoing.

The best way to check if your hair loss is temporary or permanent is to establish if your thinning hair matches any of the typical patterns associated with Male Pattern Baldness. It is important to note that this type of hair loss only affects the top of the head, and not the back or sides.

For a specialist diagnosis and treatment recommendations, you can arrange a free, one-on-one consultation with a hair loss expert who will assess your condition at one of The Belgravia Centre’s Central London locations.

Call 020 7730 6666 or message us to make an appointment.

Alternatively, if you cannot attend one of our clinics, you can simply fill out our Online Diagnostic Form and one of our professionals will contact you to discuss your situation, providing advice and information about our proven hair loss treatment packages, which we ship internationally.

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