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Name: Jack

Question: Hi. I’ve been using the usual hair loss treatments (not from you). I started using them 28 days ago and have seen no improvement. Why is this?

Answer: Hi, Jack. Your question involves a little guesswork on our part as you don’t mention your hair loss conditon nor the names of the treatments, so please do bear with us.

When you say ‘the usual hair loss treatments’, we’re assuming you’re referring to the only MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments – both topical and oral – for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness. Therefore, we’ll answer your question based on these assumptions but, if this is not correct, we recommend having a personal consultation with a hair specialist or speaking to your treatment provider for more accurate information.

Based on the assumption that it is male pattern hair loss treatment you are referring to, it is very early on to be looking for results. There are no ‘quick fix’ options or instant solutions for this permanent condition, unfortunately!

The natural timeline of the hair growth cycle means any changes – from stabilisation of hair fall to new hair growth – would usually take around 3 to 6 months to become noticeable.

How long hair takes to grow back varies from person to person and it could take longer depending on the level of hair loss you had before starting treatment, as well as if your condition has been professionally- or self-diagnosed. If you have self-diagnosed, it may be worth having this checked by a hair loss specialist not only to confirm whether the diagnosis is correct, but also to ensure there are no other issues which may be exacerbating the problem.

It is also vital that you are using your treatments exactly as directed in order to get the most out of them – no skipping doses or under/over using, for example.

If the problem you are treating is a receding hairline, it is worth noting that the hairs in the temporal regions are the slowest scalp hairs to grow so patience can be key.

At this stage, as before, it is early on in the process so it’s unlikely to be a troubling sign that you aren’t noticing progress just yet. However if, after continuous use for three months if your hair loss is mild to moderate, or six months if your hair loss is at least moderate, you feel like you still aren’t noticing any effects, please do check in with your treatment provider and/or get the second opinion of a hair loss specialist so they can look into this further with you.


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

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


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

alert female pattern hair loss chronic telogen effluvium the belgravia centre 04 10 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms Clark, pictured, has two separate conditions – Chronic Telogen Effluvium and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan devised by her dedicated hair specialist.

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

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CHRONIC TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM TREATMENT 

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The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe Belgravia Centre

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


One of the hair loss world’s most hotly anticipated clinical trial results report concerns Concert Pharmaceuticals’ CTP-543 drug.

This novel solution is being tested as a potential treatment for even the most severe forms of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata which can cause anything from bald spots and rounded patches anywhere on the scalp, to complete baldness from head to toe.

Currently in the Phase 2a stage of the clinical trial process, the pharmaceutical company has announced it is amending its initial remit, expanding it to include an additional set of tests.

Pills medication tabletsNow also evaluating higher doses of CTP-543

It was announced in August 2018 that 4mg and 8mg doses of CTP-543 would be trialled during the 12-week Phase 2a research, however, in late September 2018 an additional cohort of 12mg was introduced.

According to a press release issued by Concert Pharmaceuticals, “In the third quarter of 2018, an independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) conducted a planned interim safety data review after patients in the trial had been dosed with an 8 mg dose of CTP-543 or placebo twice daily for at least 12 weeks. Based on this review, the DMC provided its recommendation to continue with the current 8 mg cohort to completion and also provided support for an additional cohort to evaluate the 12 mg dose twice daily. The Company has initiated enrollment in the 12 mg cohort. The Company also expects to report topline data from the 4 mg and 8 mg cohorts of the Phase 2a trial in the fourth quarter of 2018.”

CTP-543 is an oral JAK inhibitor drug which was developed from ruxolitinib – a prescription medication currently available for the treatment of moderate to high risk myelofibrosis under the brand name of Jakafi.

It is one of three Alopecia Areata treatment drugs currently in development that have been awarded expedience by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA. Concert was awarded FDA Fast Track status in January 2018 for CTP-543.

Current Alopecia Areata treatment options

Mild to moderate Alopecia Areata of the scalp only can be notably different to the more extensive forms, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, which cause total hairloss of the head, and head and body, respectively.

Alopecia Areata which appears as patchy hair loss on the scalp will often see spontaneous recovery with hair regrowth resuming naturally within 12 months in many cases. This is not often so for the more extreme phenotypes.

Alopecia Areata treatment for the scalp only form can involve topical medications to help accelerate hair growth and can often be carried out at home. In contrast, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis treatment options tend to be hospital-based and currently mostly revolve around steroid injections or topical immunotherapy sessions, and the success rates tend to be on the low side.

It is for this reason that the FDA is encouraging promising treatments particularly those aimed at these more pervasive by helping to expedite their development by prioritising their reviews by the medical regulatory body. It is currently hoped that the first FDA approved treatments may be available by 2021.


The Belgravia Centre

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


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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 08 10 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Souheil, pictured, is thrilled with the results of his treatment to date saying “whenever I go to the barbers, I notice that the ‘patches’ are smaller and less visible.”

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

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

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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Name: Ashmail

Question: What is FUSS hair restoration? Is it surgery?

Answer: Hi, Ashmail. Yes, FUSS is a widely used type of hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Surgery - Surgical InstrumentsFUSS stands for Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, sometimes referred to as ‘strip surgery’. It is also, perhaps more commonly – certainly in the UK – known as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).

It is one of the two most common methods currently used in surgical hair restoration alongside FUE, which used to stand for Follicular Unit Extraction but was recently changed to Follicular Unit Excision.

The key difference between these procedures is the way in which the donor hairs are harvested; whilst FUE involves removing individual donor hairs using a punch device or ARTAS robot, FUT involves taking a strip of skin from the back or sides of the scalp, then carefully dissecting this to obtain the necessary units to be transplanted.

If you are considering ways in which to treat hair loss, it is worth noting that having a hair transplant is not always the ‘quick fix’ solution many people assume it to be. What surgical hair restoration does is take hair from the areas of the scalp that are unaffected by Male Pattern Baldness – namely the sides or the back – and move them to the areas where there is hair thinning or a receding hairline.

It is still quite rare for men to have their whole vertex – along the top of the scalp from hairline to crown – and temporal areas replaced, unsurprisingly given the amount of good quality donor hair this type of extensive surgery would require, not to mention the cost. What this means is that, with the exception of the transplanted hairs, the follicles in these target areas remain susceptible to the ravages of DHT – the hormone which causes thinning hair and hairloss in cases of Male Pattern Baldness.

Therefore, in order to preserve the hair surrounding the grafts, it is important to follow an on-going aftercare programme. Ironically, this involves using the same types of clinically-proven hair loss treatments many men use to help them avoid a hair transplant in the first place. To find out more about the types of treatments which may be best suited to your specific condition, level and pattern of shedding, we would recommend having a professional consultation with a hair specialist before – or whilst – exploring surgical options, as often surgery is not actually necessary – especially if you are under 30 years of age.


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

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


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Before the Real Housewives were the Desperate Housewives; an award-winning US TV drama which ran for eight seasons from 2004-2012. Its stellar cast featured Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross as regal redhead, Bree Van de Kamp.

Whilst her co-stars have frequently popped up on TV and in the media since the final episode, Cross has been noticeably absent from the limelight. The reason, she recently revealed, is that she has been fighting anal cancer.

One particular aspect of her ordeal that she specifically wanted to discuss with her fans and followers, after confirming she is both healthy and happy, was the hair loss she had experienced. Alongside a photo of her inch-long hair, the 56 year old posted to Instagram: ‘Anyone else have #hairloss from #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.’

Marcia Cross Hair LossSharing experiences

In response to her post many cancer survivors shared their experiences of losing their hair during chemotherapy.

Clearly Cross struck a chord, with this initial post about losing her hair during chemo receiving over 52,000 likes and more than 4,000 comments. Many simply wished her well, whilst others left touching personal messages regarding their own cancer battles and even stories of how husbands had chosen to shave their heads when their wives were undergoing chemo so they could be bald together.

The actor found the feedback overwhelming but exhilarating, following up with a statement posted as an image, which read, in part:

‘After posting a picture of myself here #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me. How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself’.

Hair regrowth after chemotherapy

The reason chemotherapy causes hair loss in many cases is because the drugs don’t just target the cancer, they can also attack hair follicles. Whilst new preventative measures in the form of scalp cooling systems, often known as cold caps, can be worn during chemo sessions to help chill the scalp to such low temperatures that it deters the drugs from reaching the scalp, these are not always available and cannot yet be used with all forms of treatment.

Generally normal hair regrowth will have resumed within 12 months of the final treatment session. However, sometimes patients may be surprised to find their hair returns a different colour or texture to their pre-cancer hair.

Hair has been known to grow back curly and/or paler that previously following chemotherapy, but this is usually temporary, lasting a couple of hair growth cycles before returning to its original state.


The Belgravia Centre

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


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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 08 10 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr T, pictured, is thrilled with the results of his treatment to date saying “Fantastic service and results only 3 months worth of treatment.”

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

TreatmenT information 

 


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

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


Politician turned soap actor, Adam Rickitt has been crediting his recent confidence boost to the results of a new non-invasive hair loss treatment regime.

The 40 year old former popstar has been addressing his Male Pattern Baldness by using clinically-proven hair loss treatments to help stabilise his shedding and promote hair growth.

Media outlets from the Manchester Evening News to TV news site DigitalSpy have reported his story, which sounds remarkably similar to that of fellow actor James Nesbitt, who has taken a similar route – backing up two hair transplant surgeries to address his advanced receding hairline with on-going use of established topical and oral hair loss medications.

Adam Rickett

Adam Rickett noticed he was losing his hair in 2017 after having his head shaved for his role in Hollyoaks

“Once I noticed it, it’s all I could see”

As viewers of the Channel 4 teen soap opera Hollyoaks may have noticed, Rickitt’s character Kyle sports a closely cropped haircut which has frequently exposed his hair loss.

Once I noticed it, it’s all I could see,” he explained in a video testimonial for his treatment clinic. This resulted in him having to constantly adjust his camera angles in order to hide his thinning hair from the audience. A particular problem given the youth-oriented show is known for its exceptionally image-conscious, well-groomed cast with thick, shiny hair.

The reason Adam Rickitt gave for chosing to explore hair loss solutions was two-fold, namely the negative effect his thinning on top was having on his confidence and the possibility it may limit the number of roles he was able to play, and thus his career choices, in the future.

He felt sure that if he didn’t intervene his hairloss would worsen and he may end up bald – both correct assumptions given the fact that Male Pattern Hair Loss is both permanent and progressive.

At the time, his thinning did not look to Belgravia hair experts – without examining him – to be so advanced as to warrant surgery, but he says he visited some surgeons and was advised by a number of them that surgery costing up to £30,000 was his best option.

It appears the ex-Coronation Street actor’s own specialists felt the same as Belgravia’s, advising him a hair transplant was unnecessary as a non-surgical hair restoration course – featuring male hair loss treatment medications, LLLT and nutritional supplements – could potentially work for him.

The thing that worried me most about losing my hair was my career. I could see it might limit the roles I would get. The amount of people you see on TV with no hair isn’t that much… The fact is I don’t have to worry about [my hair] anymore. I have no problem now having my head shaved or doing a full head shot to camera when I’ve got wet hair.”

Confidence without surgery

This story clearly echoes sentiments expressed by Nesbitt who has been candid about how he has and continues to deal with his genetic hair loss, after being frustrated that he initially had no idea how to handle it given the subject was often kept secret by other men, and even considered ‘taboo’. This perceived ‘stigma’ is something the Northern Irishman has recently said he is happy to have had a hand in busting.

It’s certainly not just celebrities who feel this way about losing their hair and wondering what to do about it – nor the effect thinning hair may have on their career – either.

Adam Rickitt’s path is also something many men choose, neither wanting – nor needing – to undergo surgery when their level of hair loss made it avoidable. Belgravia hair specialists frequently hear reports from men following personalised hair loss treatment courses comprising key medications alongside additional hair growth supporting products, how they had no idea a non-surgical approach was even possible.

Now, thanks to men – both in the public eye and privately – starting to feel more comfortable talking openly about their own strategies and discussing hair treatment recommendations with friends, it seems many more men are becoming aware of the array of options open to them when it comes to preventing baldness.


Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement healthy hair growthThe Belgravia Centre

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


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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 04 10 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Ms N, pictured, is happy to have found a treatment that works saying “I really value the regular check ups and the confidence I’m not going to lose my hair!”

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

TreatmenT information 

 


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.


A patient with complete hair loss of the scalp, caused by an autoimmune disorder known as Alopecia Totalis, has managed to regrow significant amounts of her hair due to a side effect of eczema medication.

The 13 year old, who was completely bald and had not grown any hair on her scalp since she was 2 years old, was having dupilumab injections to treat her atopic dermatitis.

dupilumabWhat is dupilumab?

Dupilumab is currently FDA approved in the USA and, whilst not MHRA licensed for the UK specifically, it has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use throughout the European Union, for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) only. It is prescribed under the Regeneron brand name Dupixent and is administered via injection, delivered in pre-filled, single dose syringe form.

In the UK it can be utilised by the NHS, however, if patients see no response after 16 weeks of treatment, it must be stopped, as per guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in June 2018.

Concerns have been raised regarding its pricing but, most importantly, its side effect profile, with a number of potential associated adverse reactions ranging from reactions at the sites of the injections, conjunctivitis, and dry eye to oral herpes and other herpes simplex virus infections.

According to a September 2017 press release issued by Dupixent’s UK marketing team Sanofi, the drug inhibits ‘overactive signaling of two key proteins, IL-4 and IL-13, which are believed to be major drivers of the persistent underlying inflammation in atopic dermatitis’.

Treating Alopecia Areata with dupilumab

Dupilumab appears to keep functioning of IL-4 and IL-13 in check; these are both interleukins – types of proteins involved in regulating the immune system. The key link here is that Alopecia Areata, Totalis and Universalis are all considered to be autoimmune diseases whereby their sudden onset patchy hair loss to total baldness is caused by a disruption to the hair growth cycle triggering the body to attack the follicles.

Diagram Belgravia Centre Different Types of Alopecia Areata autoimmune hair loss

Areas affected by hair loss shown in blue

At least one of this pair of interleukins (IL-13) has previously been thought to play a role in Alopecia Areata, particularly its more severe forms, Alopecia Totalis (baldness of the scalp with facial hair loss, such as eyebrows and eyelashes, also possible) and Alopecia Universalis (complete hairlessness from head to toe). Doctors have considered that by inhibiting IL-13 – and potentially other interleukins – hair regrowth may occur in people with these types of hair loss.

This medication was previously identified in 2016 as being potentially beneficial to people with various forms of Alopecia Areata. Studies and clinical trials using dupilumab to treat autoimmune-related hairloss have been going on ever since, with a 2023 completion date currently estimated.

An observational article detailing the aforementioned teenager’s ‘success story’ was published in the JAMA Dermatology medical journal on 10th October 2018. It was authored by Dr Maryanne Makredes Senna of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, and refers to the finding as ‘the first known case of hair growth in a patient with alopecia totalis associated with the use of dupilumab’.

The teen started this treatment in July 2017 and has now seen moderate to extensive – though not full – hair regrowth. As a result, further trials into using this form of subcutaneous treatment for severe alopecia – which currently has limited options with low success rates, unlike scalp-only Alopecia Areata Treatment – are expected.


The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic - Hair Loss Specialist ConsultationThe Belgravia Centre

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


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