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S Club 7 and Primeval star Hannah Spearritt has revealed how her 2013 breast enlargement surgery caused numerous issues, including hair loss.

She underwent an ‘explant’ operation to remove her implants three years later, which she says has improved her mental and physical well-being.

Hannah SpearrittThe actor experienced ‘breast implant illness’. According to the Texas-based plastic surgeon Dr Edward Melmed, who carried out Spearritt’s surgery and is quoted commenting on her story in the Daily Mail, this suggests ‘a microscopic seepage of silicone attaches itself to nerve endings in the body’ which results in ‘hair loss, cognitive disorders, chronic fatigue, dry eyes and severe muscle pain’.

Breast implant illness

As reported by Mail Online, the 37 year old – who is now on a mission to raise public awareness of the condition and silicone toxicity – described her ordeal as “the hardest, most traumatic four years“.

Spearritt explained she underwent cosmetic surgery because she always compared herself to other women: “I never felt womanly enough on top. I’d compare myself to the other girls in the band during photoshoots and was jealous of their beautiful curves”.

However, following the operation, she had other concerns as her immune system began to be affected. “Within six months my hair started to fall out in clumps. Then I started sleeping more and more – eventually 22 hours a day,” she told Metro.

Spearritt also appeared on This Morning, telling viewers she started experiencing “crippling anxiety” after her boob job, then further symptoms crept in. “I had hair loss, fatigue, memory loss… I still have some of that. There was a list of symptoms that goes on and on.” 

Speaking on the TV show about having had her implants removed, Spearritt says, “My energy came back in bucket loads, I also had low-grade fever throughout the time I had the implants in, straight away it went back to normal”. 

She and her partner have now set up the Facebook page ‘Breast Implant Illness’ to offer peer support to others who may be affected. This can be found at facebook.com/breastimplantillness

As reported in the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), women who experience increased stress are at greater risk of thinning hair. People often assume this to mean the emotional feeling of being stressed, but – though this is entirely correct, as psychodermatologists have shown – there are other physical forms of stress and strain which can cause hair loss. This is especially true in cases of illness, surgery and during periods of high anxiety. Continues below…

Physical and mental strain

From what Hannah Spearritt describes, it appears she most likely experienced Telogen Effluvium, a temporary hair loss condition which may occur following a sudden traumatic event or prolonged stress.

This can be emotional or physical strain, including the distress caused to the body by an illness – diagnosed or underlying, an operation (ironically, even if this is a hair transplant procedure) or adjusting to new medication. As Spearritt detailed experiencing at least two of these triggers, as well as high levels of anxiety – sufficient to cause panic attacks – this, or the Chronic form, is Belgravia specialists’ suspected diagnosis.

TThe Belgravia Centre london clinic Womens hairloss treatmentelogen Effluvium forces hairs from the active growth ‘anagen’ phase, to prematurely enter the telogen (resting) phase of the hair growth cycle, where they remain for around three months before shedding. This is why, despite seeming sudden – as per Spearritt’s description of hair suddenly falling out in clumps – there is a gap between the condition being triggered and hair fall becoming noticeable. This can be shocking when it does happen, given up to 50 per cent of the hairs on a person’s head may be affected.

It causes diffuse hair thinning from all over the scalp and lasts for up to six months in regular cases, with Chronic Telogen Effluvium taking at least six months to clear up. However, anyone noticing this kind of intense hair fall and a noticeable drop in the volume of their hair should consult a specialist as this type of hair loss can be an indicator of other health issues.

For both regular and Chronic Telogen Effluvium, once the body has recovered from the underlying issue, normal hair regrowth will usually resume naturally. However, where required, Telogen Effluvium treatment is possible and may help to accelerate the process, using topical medication and a range of supporting booster products, such as Hair Vitalics for Women – Belgravia’s exclusive food supplement for healthy hair growth, containing selenium, biotin, zinc and a range of additional highly-targeted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts.

For those with a genetic predisposition, Telogen Effluvium may bring about the premature onset of Female Pattern Hair Loss. Or, where this permanent, hereditary hair loss condition is already present, the rate of shedding may be increased. Considering this, a specialist consultation should help to provide an accurate diagnosis, personalised treatment recommendations and valuable peace of mind.


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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: Sal

Question: Hi, I was on accutane for 7 months starting on 20mg I went up to 50mg but have androgenetic alopecia as a side effect. As I’ve seen a dermatologist. I’m wanting to know is laser hair therapy the best way to get blood flow to my roots to enable hair growth?

Answer: Hi, Sal. There are two things to consider here regarding your hair loss and both involve assessing where the shedding is coming from on your scalp.

The reason for this is that androgenetic alopecia – better known as Male Pattern Baldness and, in women, Female Pattern Hair Loss – is an inherited, genetic condition, not a side effect of prescription drugs. That said, there are cases of hair loss from medication and this has links to hereditary shedding. So, it’s important to establish precisely what is causing your hair fall in order to know how best to approach treating it.

Firstly, Accutane is known to cause thinning hair as a side effect – this is listed on the medication’s patient information leaflet. This form of hair loss is known as Telogen Effluvium and causes diffuse shedding from all over the scalp.  It tends to present around three months after it has initially been triggered and is a temporary condition. The reason it occurs is due to excessive strain being placed on the body – either physical or emotional. It can also be caused as a side effect of medication, often whilst the body adjusts to this new drug in its system.

When new medication is introduced, or where there is an illness – whether it has been diagnosed or not – the body seeks to protect itself by ensuring the proper maintenance of its critical systems, such as the heart and kidneys. In order to do this, attention is diverted away from other non-vital functions, such as the hair growth cycle. This can result in hairs that were actively growing being prematurely forced into the telogen phase, which is the resting period of the cycle, during which hairs are shed – something which can take around three months to happen.

Once the underlying issue has been dealt with or passed, and the body realises it is no longer in danger, regular hair growth will generally resume naturally. In cases of Telogen Effluvium this is generally within six months; though when it extends beyond this, the condition may be Chronic but still considered temporary.

Where this becomes relevant to androgenetic alopecia – which is permanent – is in that people with an inherited predisposition to genetic hairloss may have their rate of shedding increased if they also experience Telogen Effluvium. Additionally, for those without active signs of hair loss but with the relevant genetic trait, it may speed up its onset, bringing this on prematurely. It is also possible to have both Telogen Effluvium and Male or Female Pattern Baldness simultaneously.

Telogen Effluvium causes hair fall from all over the scalp; Androgenetic Alopecia causes hair loss only from the top of the scalp – the vertex area from hairline to crown. In men this can appear in more well-defined patterns, such as a receding hairline, whilst in women this tends to affect the whole vertex and thinning at the temples. In cases where both conditions are present there is likely to be diffuse thinning from all over the scalp that is more pronounced along the vertex.

It is important to ascertain the precise cause of your hair loss because if you have temporary shedding, the hair fall is likely to clear up naturally. In this case low-level laser therapy (LLLT) via an FDA-cleared, home-use device such as the LaserBand or LaserComb may indeed be helpful in accelerating hair regrowth, as too may Telogen Effluvium treatment.

If, however, you are experiencing genetic hairloss then using LLLT is unlikely to be beneficial it used on its own, though Belgravia specialists find it can be helpful for supporting the work of the clinically-proven medications used in dedicated Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss treatment courses. Whilst low-level laser therapy can help to stimulate the hair follicles with the aim of encouraging accelerated hair growth, this regimen is considered secondary to the MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved topical and oral medications designed to combat hairloss from a pharmaceutical angle.

You can of course try the LLLT to see how you get on – remember to allow at least three months to see any changes due to the natural timeline of the growth cycle – and if you find it is not having the desired effect, you can try another option.

We would encourage you to have a consultation with a specialist – either in-clinic or online – who can provide you with a thorough diagnosis and, following that, recommended treatment options based on their findings and your medical profile.


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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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Dee Armstrong, a much-loved veteran news anchor for the American WLTZ TV station was arrested following a dispute with her son.

After the incident a bald mugshot of the TV personality without her wig went viral on Facebook, revealing her hair loss to a wider audience.

‘Hey Dee, you’re not alone’

Armstrong returned to work nearly a week after the initial event. As reported on the Ledger-Enquirer website, she jokingly commented, “I was eventually going to [talk about losing hair], but they made sure I’m gonna talk about it now”.

The reporter’s hair loss condition is not named, but is described in the article as “hair- thinning and Alopecia“.

When used as a standalone term ‘alopecia’ is a general descriptor for hair loss of any kind, including Androgenetic Alopecia – also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss – Traction Alopecia and Cicatricial Alopecia. As such, it is unclear which specific condition she is experiencing. However, the fact she is now bald, specifically references ‘Alopecia’ and mentioned in the article that she shaved her head, suggests she may have a form of Alopecia Areata.

Judging by her mugshot, it appears Armstrong has not lost her eyebrow hair nor her eyelashes. Given the more severe Alopecia Areata phenotypes, Alopecia Totalis and Universalis, both involve baldness of the whole head – including facial hair – this indicates it is more likely she may have the scalp-only form of Alopecia Areata, though a proper consultation would be required to provide an accurate diagnosis.

The autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata in this suspected form presents as sudden, patchy hair loss which, when it extends to large areas of the scalp, can be accompanied by thinning hair between the rounded bald spots. This may account for her initial description. There are Alopecia Areata treatment options available for this strain of autoimmune hairloss, which may have been what the popular community figure was exploring when it was reported that she had been speaking to a hair expert in Atlanta about her issues.

Regardless of what had caused her baldness, Dee Armstrong was shocked to see the response of others: “I have had so many women telling me, ‘Hey Dee, you’re not alone” – and she certainly isn’t. A 2017 report conducted by a US-based think tank – the Perception Institute – revealed black women experience higher levels of anxiety about their hair than white women, though women of all races and hair types are increasingly raising concerns regarding increased hair loss.

Women’s hair loss

“One of the hardest things to ever happen to me was to have them post that picture of me… And I wanted to do it on my own terms, you know… when I talk about it I wanted to talk about it the way I wanted to talk about it. But I wasn’t given that option,” says Armstrong.

As she demonstrates, women’s hair loss can be a tricky conversation to have, a topic which is less spoken about than men’s and still has a perceived stigma attached to it which people are gradually working to eradicate. Armstrong did note that she received a lot of help from her local community after the incident: “people were so doggone sweet to me”.

Often becoming informed about a hair loss condition can help to make the process a little easier to manage. Similarly an online or in-clinic consultation with a Belgravia specialist provides a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised treatment recommendations.

A tailored hair loss treatment plan can then be recommended, which typically combines clinically-proven medications and complementary hair growth supporting products, such as the highly-targeted Hair Vitalics for Women food supplement.

Staff ensure clients feel comfortable throughout their course by offering on-going monitoring and support, which has helped many women feel more confident, as documented in the many reviews in Belgravia’s Success Stories gallery. This Belgravia client explained, “I am very pleased with the result. The staff are very friendly and encouraging. I am glad I came. I will recommend it very strongly”.

Armstrong’s experience and her public discussions will hopefully inspire more women to feel comfortable in both talking openly about losing their hair, and seeking help if needed.



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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: Jools

Question: Can CBD oil treat hair loss? I have thinning hair and heard this is good for regrowth.

Answer: Hi, Jools. You haven’t mentioned the cause of your hair loss but, regardless, there is no clinical evidence that suggests CBD oil can treat thinning hair.

Cannabiniol oil – also known as cannabis oil and CBD oil – comes in a range of strengths and strains, depending on the type of hemp leaves it is produced from.

CBD oil cannabidiol cannabis oil hemp oilThere are around 113 active chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, known as cannabinoids. The two key components are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Whilst THC is the banned psychoactive known for getting people high, CBD is considered an anti-psychotic and makes up approximately 40 per cent of cannabis extracts.

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis sativa plants, but differ in that hemp plants tend to be farmed for their non-psychoactive CBD benefits, whilst marijuana plants have often been modified to ensure high levels of THC.

Studies are still underway but CBD has already been found to be beneficial to a range of health problems including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and inflammation. Furthermore, it has a low side-effect profile, being largely well-tolerated with the main complaint in users being tiredness.  In August 2016 it was reported in The Independent that the NHS is developing a CBD vape pen, known as the MediPen vaporiser, to help people deal with a range of health issues. Despite this, it is not presently MHRA licensed, nor FDA approved for the treatment of any condition.

Cannabiniol use for medical purposes is legal in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Germany, whilst in America the law varies by state to state. Though cannabis use is illegal in the UK, carrying potential penalties for possession of up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, the use of CBD is legal.

In some cases the NHS is actually able to prescribe CBD, commonly referred to as medical marijuana, though this is generally for pain management when other options have been exhausted, and not for issues considered to be ‘cosmetic’ and where its effects are unproven, such as hairloss.

Hair Vitalics Belgravia Centre Hair Growth Supplement Men WomenOne reason CBD oil appears to have been widely touted on the internet as a potential hair loss solution, is due to its nutritional properties. It is rich in the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 – something researchers at the University of Seville found to be present in the ‘1/4 ratio’ considered optimal for health. It is also understood to contain good levels of linoleic and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – essential fatty acids which promote the maintenance of normal hair growth – as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Additionally, cannabiniol oil is said to be high in vitamin E.

As such, it may help to improve the condition of the hair in the same way following a balanced, healthy diet would. However, CBD oil is highly unlikely to treat a medical hair loss condition, especially if this is a genetic complaint – namely Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, both of which cause thinning hair anywhere in the vertex area from the crown to the hairline, in those affected.

Despite it usually being taken orally, we are aware of CBD oil being used as a topical treatment for scalp conditions such as eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis, though the evidence to support this type of therapy is currently solely anecdotal.

Discovering an effective, natural treatment or cure for hair loss would be fantastic but, to date, there are none that have been proven to work in regrowing hair or preventing baldness. There are, however, clinically-proven pharmaceutical hair loss treatments available, which – at Belgravia – are offered alongside additional supporting products and therapies tailored towards maximising hair growth and condition.

These include FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the LaserBand products, and premium Hair Vitalics food supplements, in highly-targeted Men’s and Women’s formulations, comprising a range of beneficial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including selenium, zinc and biotin to promote normal, healthy hair growth.

The first step we would recommend you take, however, is to establish the precise reason your hair is thinning. There are a number of reasons that this can happen and a professional diagnosis is usually the best way to ensure you know exactly what is happening, why and how to address it.


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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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An American study has investigated potential treatment for hair loss caused by endocrine therapy for breast cancer patients, with a view to improving the lives of those receiving it.

This research marks the first time endocrine therapy-induced alopecia (EIA) has been officially explored in this way.

A study sponsored by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York is also aiming to explore the impact of cancer treatment on a patient’s quality of life. It has been gathering data from women with breast cancer since 2015.

Tamoxifen breast cancer endocrine induced alopecia hair lossEndocrine-induced alopecia

As noted on the JAMA Dermatology website, the study was carried out from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2016.

It involved 112 patients with breast cancer who had also been diagnosed with endocrine-induced alopecia. Subjects ranged from 34 to 90 years of age. Findings from the study reported ‘Alopecia was attributed to aromatase inhibitors in 75 patients (67%) and tamoxifen in 37 (33%)’.

The patient’s quality of life was measured using the Hairdex Questionnaire. Despite most cases of EIA being mild, the researchers explained how patients reported a ‘significant negative emotional impact’, testament to the negative psychological effects losing hair can have on women.

Hairloss during cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy, is usually caused by Anagen Effluvium. However, as this study’s investigators revealed, the appearance of ‘vellus hairs and intermediate- and thick-diameter terminal hair shafts’ suggests the participants’s pattern of hair loss was similar to Androgenic Alopecia, more commonly referred to as Female Pattern Hair Loss.

What exactly is meant by this isn’t specified in the study, though whilst it could refer to the location – genetic hair loss only affects the vertex – it is more likely to be referring to the fact that this hereditary condition causes thinning hair.

Researchers emphasise the role androgens and estrogens, the male and female sex hormones, play in the hair growth process and why endocrine therapy – also known hormone therapy – which adds, blocks or removes hormones, may cause hair loss:

‘When endocrine receptor activation and pathway signaling are blocked, dihydrotestosterone levels increase, and this action may contribute to the induction of alopecia in susceptible women receiving ET [endocrine therapy]’.

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is found to be a key cause of hair shedding in genetically-predisposed individuals. As a result the investigators hypothesise that those receiving endocrine therapy may benefit from current treatments for hereditary hair loss, such as minoxidil.

Minoxidil Dropper with liquidFindings of the study and current options

Of the 46 patients who were assessed for their response to the drug, hair growth was observed in 37. Given the negative correlation between hair loss and quality of life, this medication may improve the lives of women undergoing endocrine therapy in the future.

It must be noted the shedding caused by chemotherapy differs from endocrine therapy-induced hair loss: patients looking to prevent hair loss during treatment, or at least minimise chemo-related hair fall, can often use scalp cooling systems known as cold caps. These chill the scalp to extremely low temperatures which restricts the flood of blood – and thus chemo drugs – to the hair follicles.

Minoxidil is MHRA licensed and FDA approved to treat Female Pattern Baldness. However, results have also been seen when treating other hairloss conditions, including Alopecia Areata and Traction Alopecia, with the topical medication.

If concerned about losing hair during hormone therapy then speaking to an oncologist should be the first priority. If wanting to explore hair loss treatment then they can provide a letter of recommendation. At Belgravia an oncologist’s letter of authorisation is always required for anyone who has received cancer treatment.

Hair lost to cancer tends to grow back naturally within 12 months of treatment ending, but for anyone looking for help in accelerating the hair regrowth process, it is advisable to speak to a hair loss specialist who, with the relevant oncologist’s assistance, can provide a suitable solution tailored to the precise needs – including level of shedding and medical profile – of the affected individual.

Larger clinical trials would be needed to prove the efficacy, safety and tolerability of minoxidil when treating endocrine-induced alopecia, and anyone with cancer-related hair loss is advised not to try over-the-counter medications in a bid to regrow their hair, without consulting their doctor or oncologist first.


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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: Noriel

Question: Is it safe to use hair tonic while using minoxidil? not applied on the same time, but just to rest your hair and scalp for two days and use hair tonic as source of biotin and other nutrients.

Belgravia Centre Womens hair loss treatment alopecia areata traction alopecia female pattern baldness hair growth supplementsAnswer: Hi, Noriel. We would never advise stopping using your hair loss regimen as per the instructions you received with the treatment, and we are unaware of any women’s minoxidil solutions which can be used less regularly than once per day, every day. Whilst alternating in this way may be safe, it is likely to render your treatment less effective.

As you are not a Belgravia client we do not know which formulation of this popular hair loss treatment you are using, so we recommend asking your provider. However – as with any medication – we would certainly advise you to follow the usage directions precisely as set out in the instructions or accompanying patient information leaflet. These are likely to state that applications must be either once or twice daily, depending on the product, but do check this yourself.

Consistency is key to getting the most out of your treatment and failure to use your medication exactly as directed can lead to disappointing results. The hair follicles and scalp do not require rest in this situation, unless there is another element involved that you haven’t mentioned.

Furthermore, if you wish to use a hair tonic you can do this in addition to using your treatment. You just need to ensure you apply your minoxidil first and leave sufficient time for it to properly absorb into the scalp – an absolute minimum of 30 minutes but the longer you can leave it, the better.

You can, of course, ensure your hair receives the kinds of benefits you describe by following a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and avoiding issues and situations which may cause stress given this may exacerbate hair fall.

If you are looking for a more convenient nutritional support for hair health, whilst not intended to replace the aforementioned balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, a dedicated product such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics for Women may be advantageous. This highly-targeted, one-a-day food supplement has been researched and developed by our hair experts to contain a range of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts – including selenium, biotin and zinc to encourage normal, healthy hair growth. You do not need to be a Belgravia client to purchase Hair Vitalics as these are available to buy online from the dedicated website hairvitalics.com.


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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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Researchers from the Wake Forest University Health Sciences department have announced a clinical trial which seeks to understand whether platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can treat hair loss caused by Androgenic Alopecia – better known as Female Pattern Hair Loss. It will also explore whether this treatment improves the quality of life of the participants.

PRP therapy involves taking blood from a person and re-injecting enriched elements of that blood back into targeted areas, in this case the scalp. It is used as a popular cosmetic treatment – often known as a Vampire Facelift – as a result of its alleged anti-aging properties.

Prior research conducted by the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona revealed it could be useful for treating hereditary hairloss when used in conjunction with clinically-proven treatments.

This interventional study is due to be carried out from May 2018 under the direction of Principal Investigator Rita Pichardo, MD.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

A diagram explaining Platalet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Research criteria

The trial’s official title is registered on the ClinicalTrials.gov website as ‘Evaluating the Efficacy of Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy in the Treatment of Androgenic Alopecia’.

Researchers are recruiting 16 female participants aged 18 years and over who must have proof of an Androgenic Alopecia diagnosis as explained by “one or more clinical features”.

Volunteers cannot be on any hair loss treatment, or have “undergone 2-week washout period if recently on medication(s) for alopecia”.

Exclusion criteria includes being pregnant or breastfeeding, experiencing ‘an infection, metastatic disease or certain skin conditions which could worsen or spread with injectionsor being diagnosed with anaemia, having a blood/bleeding disorder and receiving anticoagulant therapy.

At the first ‘baseline’ visit, the participants will be randomly assigned to either Group A or Group B; while Group A will receive PRP on the left side of the scalp and a placebo injection on the right side, Group B will receive PRP on the right side and a placebo on the left.

Measuring hair regrowth

Treatment visits will take place once every month for three months; a follow-up, non-treatment visit will take place after six months. Trichoscan images will be captured to document clinical progress.

In order to gauge how much PRP improves hair growth and quality of life for the participants, many factors will be analysed throughout the trial. These include: hair count, hair growth, hair density, and readings measured against the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), the Alopecia Density and Extent Score (ALODEX) and the Severity of Alopecia Tool (SALT).

The team hypothesises that ‘PRP will improve DLQI, SALT, ALODEX, hair count (number of hairs/0.65 cm2), hair density (number of hairs/cm2), hair diameter, anagen to telogen ratio, and vellus hair to terminal hair ratio in female subjects with androgenic alopecia’.

Interestingly, although the trial is investigating Female Pattern Baldness, which is usually measured via the Ludwig Scale, researchers have chosen to use the SALT index which is generally seen when assessing Alopecia Areata.

Useful as a booster?

Despite the rising interest in PRP for hair regrowth, clinical trials have not been able to demonstrate it can effectively treat hair loss in women – or in men. Furthermore, Female Pattern Hair Loss is progressive and will continue to cause thinning hair unless the root cause is dealt with.

PRP injections may be useful as a booster when used alongside clinically-proven medications but they would need to be on-going as genetic hair loss is a permanent condition. However PRP can often be expensive and painful; non-invasive LLLT treatment, such as the HairMax LaserComb, may be a more convenient option.

For women looking to prevent hair thinning and promote regrowth, female hair loss treatment is centred around an MHRA licensed and FDA approved topical medication which opens up potassium channels in the scalp – this is thought to stimulate follicles into accelerating hair growth.

Belgravia also offers complementary hair growth boosters as part of its customised treatment courses, where appropriate. These include clinical treatment therapy – which combines therapeutic scalp treatment, low-power laser therapy, infra red light therapy and massage – and the one-a-day premium food supplement, Hair Vitalics for Women. This contains key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including selenium, zinc and biotin which are known to promote healthy hair growth.

The estimated primary completion date of the study is May 2020, which may tell us more about the viability of PRP as a hair loss treatment going forward. If the therapy improves the quality of life of participants, then this would be another important finding, given the psychological effects losing hair can have on women.

However, the small scale of the study indicates much larger clinical trials would need to be conducted to find out how effective PRP may be more broadly.


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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: Ali

Question: I’ve heard that mesotherapy hair loss treatment can be good for thinning hair – can you tell me what it involves and does mesotherapy work well for regrowing hair?

Injection Syringe Vaccination MedicalAnswer: Hi, Ali. Mesotherapy for hair loss is a popular topic at the moment thanks to the technique becoming more widely available, though there appears to be little evidence regarding the scalp injections’ supposed benefits.

The practice was initially used in 1976 to treat asthma and hearing loss but has since been co-opted into ‘treating’ a number of other issues. It has not been sanctioned in any way, for the treatment of any condition, by the UK or USA’s medical regulatory boards the MHRA and FDA. The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has recommended: “providers should adhere to recommend standard precautions, follow safe-injection practices with appropriate aseptic techniques, and inject only FDA approved products that are prepared following guidelines to ensure sterility as described in the FDA’s good manufacturing practices.”*

Going by a number of names – including biomimetic mesotherapy and nanopeptide mesotherapy – this cosmetic procedure involves a solution, usually featuring ingredients thought to boost blood circulation, being injected into various locations in the scalp. Ingredients used in this mixture tend to include vitamins such as biotin, amino acids and growth factors though the precise components depend on the brand and practitioner.

The aims of this are widely stated as being promoting hair growth, treating hairloss in cases of thinning, and preventing baldness – though we are unaware of mesotherapy being recommended in cases of autoimmune disorders such as alopecia areata.

Generally it is used on men and women with androgenetic alopecia – more commonly known as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. These hereditary conditions cause thinning hair in the area of the scalp affected by follicular miniaturisation caused by a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the vertex area from the hairline to the crown, inclusive.

In men, hair thinning locations tend to be more well defined – for instance, they may develop a receding hairline or a thinning crown. Conversely, women’s hairloss tends to be more diffuse, causing shedding all along the top of the scalp, frequently noted by an increasing widening of the parting. The reason this is important is that mesotherapy involves scalp injections in the affected areas. So, the larger these are, the more injections will be required and, in some cases at least, the more you will pay.

Hair Vitalics Belgravia Centre Hair Growth Supplement Women MenAlthough it is a quick day-patient procedure, taking around half an hour to perform each session, after-effects can include bruising, swelling and itching. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Conservative politician and TV personality Nadine Dorries admitted applying a hot water bottle to her head after undergoing nanopeptide mesotherapy for her hair thinning.

The most recent clinical trial information regarding this elective procedure comes from the University of Egypt, whose December 2017 study was published in the respected Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. The findings showed there were associated ‘late onset’ side effects of mesotherapy for alopecia – including scarring and, ironically, hair loss.

When it comes to thinning hair caused by male and female pattern baldness, there are already two MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments. One, for men aged 18 or over only, comes as an oral tablet, and one unisex option, a topical solution which is applied directly to the scalp. At Belgravia, patients are offered tailored courses using the most appropriate components their dedicated specialists recommend, based on their pattern and level of shedding, as well as their medical profile. This may include non-medicinal hair growth supporting products being used alongside established drugs.

Two of these – Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women – are premium food supplements which contain a number of highly-targeted vitamins, minerals, botanical extracts and amino acids, including selenium, biotin and zinc to promote healthy hair growth.

Mesotherapy is not a clinically-proven hair loss treatment and it is hard for us to comment on its efficacy given the lack of credible data available and the fact that, due to this, it is not a service Belgravia provides. Of the medical studies that have been carried out, the general consensus is that it is a ‘controversial practice’** for which ‘proper regulation’*** is needed. Given a quick Google search of UK mesotherapy practitioners returns a number of entries claiming – highly dubiously given the natural timeline of the hair growth cycle – that results can be seen in as little as two days, we would certainly agree with these statements.

* Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery; Mesotherapy and phosphatidylcholine injections: historical clarification and review – DOI: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2006.32100.x
** Source: International Journal of Trichology; Mesotherapy in the Management of Hair Loss – DOI:  10.4103/0974-7753.66914
*** Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology; Hair Loss at Injection Sites of Mesotherapy for Alopecia – DOI: 10.1111/jocd.12320

 


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obesity weight loss diet health obese overweight healthy weight bmi waist measurementIn early April 2018 NHS Digital published a report by the Office of National Statistics into Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet in England.

The findings covered the period from 31st March 2016 to 31st December 2017 and showed that 26 per cent of adults in England are obese. Additionally, obesity-related National Health Service (NHS) hospital admissions rose by 18 per cent year-on-year to 617,000.

Subsequent implications for the nation’s health are far wider-ranging than simply waist measurements, however. One incidental issue arising from what is now known globally as the ‘obesity crisis’ is an increased propensity towards hair loss for those affected.

When does being overweight become obesity?

The NHS advises that whether or not a person is overweight or obese is currently measured using a Body Mass Index (BMI) healthy weight tool. Although this can be helpful in providing a guideline, it is not accurate for everyone as it does not take into account factors such as muscle mass and ethnicity.

The BMI calculator tool is considered more accurate for Caucasians than for other races when the defining weight range thresholds may be lower.

Measuring the waist circumference is also thought to be useful, and is a method used by GPs. ‘People with very large waists – generally, 94cm (37in) or more in men and 80cm (about 31.5in) or more in women – are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems,’ states the NHS website.

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The obesity crisis

The obesity crisis has been talked about for many years – and not just in the UK. However, this latest fact-finding mission relating specifically to England seems to have produced tangible evidence as to the current scale of the problem, and ways in which people are trying to combat it.

According to the NHS Digital statistics in 2016 there were 26 per cent of adults classified as obese – an increase of 15 per cent since 1993, though it has remained at a similar level for the past six years. Childhood obesity research indicated that one in ten reception-age children, and one in five year six children were obese.

Highlighting the health risks, the report states that there were 10,705 admissions to NHS hospitals in 2016/17 in which obesity was a primary factor, and 606,295 where it was a secondary diagnosis. Of these admissions, 66 per cent of patients were women.

The NHS explains: ‘Obesity reduces life expectancy by an average of 3 to 10 years, depending on how severe it is. It’s estimated that obesity and being overweight contribute to at least 1 in every 13 deaths in Europe.’

Does being obese cause hair loss?

Whilst being acutely overweight in itself is unlikely to cause hairloss, obesity can lead to an increased risk of developing many significant health issues -most of which are known to cause thinning hair. This can be either directly, or indirectly as a side-effect of medications used to treat these illnesses which include type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, stroke, sleep apnoea and certain types of cancer, namely breast cancer and bowel cancer.

Therefore, an inference regarding increasing cases of hair loss and its links to obesity, backed by some of the key facts highlighted in the NHS Digital report – particularly those regarding hospital admissions and lifestyle issues such as diet and exercise –  is logical.

NHS Digital reports that in 2016 21 per cent of men and 25 per cent of women were classed as inactive, whilst only 24 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women consumed the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

Nutritional deficiencies can cause diffuse hair thinning all over the scalp from a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium. Although it can affect both sexes, it is most prevalent in women. Once triggered it can take around three months to present and often hair regrowth will resume naturally within six months, except in chronic cases when the shedding – which can affect approximately 50 per cent of the scalp – lasts for a minimum of six months but is still considered temporary.

Telogen Effluvium can, however, cause people with an existing genetic predisposition to hereditary hair loss – male and female pattern baldness – to see increased thinning. It can also kickstart the early onset of these conditions in cases where the were genetically predisposed byt had not yet presented. Where this does happen and it is a concern, people wanting to explore regrowing hair and preventing baldness can speak to a specialist about personalised hair loss treatment options as clinically-proven medications can help in many cases.

Exercise Biking Health FitnessObesity may also be a contributing factor in the current statistical trend for both men and women increasingly experiencing hair loss from a younger age than previous generations. One of the issues various experts have linked to a rise in premature male pattern baldness among young men is something called oxidative stress. This is related to lifestyle issues such as nutritionally unbalanced diets, regular excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Women have traditionally tended to lose their hair later in life than men, now though – seemingly thanks to the pressures of modern life – stress is thought to be the driver behind more cases of female pattern hair loss being seen in women in their 20’s.

Losing weight without losing hair

For people wanting to get to a healthy weight, it is important that their weight loss journey involves a sensible long-term plan in relation to both exercise and eating, rather than relying on any ‘quick fix’ solutions. Extreme dieting, crash or fad diets and over-exercising can all be problematic and cause thinning hair – again, due to Telogen Effluvium – from the strain they place on the body.

In some cases, where the body receives a real shock to the system after intense measures are taken, sudden bald patches from the autoimmune condition Alopecia Areata may be induced. This is what happened to ‘super slimmer’ Mandy Ballard who lost 17 stone in just two years by following a punishing exercise and restrictive diet regime after having a gastric sleeve fitted. In many cases hair regrowth will resume within 12 months of its own accord, though alopecia areata treatment may help to accelerate this process.

Taking a measured approach to making balanced dietary and lifestyle changes – with the help of relevant professionals where needed – is the best way to prevent hair loss from bodily stresses and strain. Among the many benefits of having healthy body and diet rich in a range of nutritional elements, this can help to support the normal functioning of both blood circulation and the hair growth cycle for strong, vital locks. Should any abnormal shedding occur, however, there is help and support available so should not detract from achieving any goals.


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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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