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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 13 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr S, pictured, is thrilled with the results of his treatment to date saying “The results have been impressive with my hair growing back noticeably at the crown and front/sides”.

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

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


Honesty is considered one of the top elements for a solid relationship. However, we’re pretty sure reality TV star Safaree Samuels is regretting just how real his former partner, superstar Nicki Minaj, is willing to keep things.

After starting a Twitter beef with the Queen of Rap, Samuels ended up having his hair loss issues and alleged failed hair transplant surgery made public.

Minaj also exposed fellow rapper Tyga, with his receding hairline solution also being revealed, as collateral damage during the war of words which took place on August 14th 2018.

Safaree confirms his $12k hairline

According to social media commenters, Samuels had been speaking out of turn for years regarding his successful ex who finally decided to set the record straight. Nicki Minaj came for the 37 year old hype man in a firestorm of tweets, accusing him of stealing from her as well as having her pay for him to have his receding hairline fixed, as social media users grabbed some popcorn and watched the drama unfold.

I should’ve never paid for that gyatDamn hairline!!!!! It fell back out…” Minaj tweeted before implicating Kylie Jenner’s ex-boyfriend, Tyga, age 28. “Tyga sh*t ain’t fall back out!!!!! Y’all went to the same doctor!!!

Whilst the Starships rapper aired many other greivances against her ex, it was the hair loss issue that quickly got people talking. So much so that Safaree temporarily made his Instagram account private, whilst Tyga turned off commenting on his account where posts showing his gig in Ibiza were met with a barrage of commenters admitting they were just there to check out his hairline. Meanwhile, back on Twitter, fans and celebrities jumped in to support Tyga after the outing of his personal hairloss business. “Tyga’s hairline was at home minding its business, now it’s getting pulled into this mayhem…” said Shystie, whilst others – like user @Onre__ whose message is pictured here – were grateful to him for eventually chiming in on the situation by tweeting a screenshot of a hair transplant clinic’s website with the caption “The [plug emoji] Tellem Tyga sent u“.

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One of many Twitter users who was happy to know about options for treating a receding hairline

Bald TV and radio personality, Charlamagne Tha God, also got involved tweeting Safaree “I know you see me text your phone bruh. Answer my damn question!!! How much for the hairline??? Stop holding out on the bald bros!!!

Minaj answered him, saying “10 racks”, meaning $10,000. However, Safaree later returned Charlamagne Tha God’s text to confirm the price as $12k – proof of his response was also shared to Twitter where the whole drama played out. “I can’t believe y’all young *****s out here surgically enhancing your hairlines and not telling your Oldheadz…” joked 40 year old Charlamagne alongside a screenshot of his and Safaree’s text chat.

Eventually Safaree went public with some Twitter statements of his own. “1st off Me and tyga didn’t go to the same dr. We did it the same day. Diff doctors…” he clarified. After clapping back at other claims made by Minaj and landing some jabs of his own, he signed off with the plea “And let’s keep the mention of mothers and siblings to a minimal of zero please. Sincerely yours 12k Hairline.”

Later he showed how he had indeed taken Minaj’s lemons and made them into lemonade, telling his followers “No joke I made 30k today just by referring ppl to the doctor who did my hairline … Thank youuu all.. the funny thing is it’s never been a secret.” More good news came the next morning too: “Wow. woke up to a book deal offer for over 500k and an endorsement deal for a hair club for men…” – whether he will accept the offer to become an ambassador for hair restoration surgery is unknown though Samuels confirmed he would be writing a book.

Tyga and Safaree: genetic hair loss or styling issues?

There are generally two potential reasons for men to have a receding hairline or thinning edges; the most common of these is genetics.

Male Pattern Baldness is an hereditary condition which can affect anywhere along the top of the scalp, from crown to hairline and temples, in people with an underlying genetic predisposition. Judging by photos of Safaree’s hairline from a few years ago versus now, this appears to be the case with him as he also shows another classic symptom: a thinning crown. Samuels clearly has a high forehead – which can sometimes be mistaken for receding – but it also looks to have been creeping backwards before moving slightly forward again. The difference is not significantly noticeable, unlike Tyga’s.

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Tyga’s hairline has noticeably changed in recent years

Tyga has a short fade now but used to frequently wear his hair in tight braids. This type of hairstyle, especially when worn regularly, can place excessive amounts of tension on the hair follicles. Those around the hairline tend to be particularly badly affected due to the extra strain they are forced to bear. This is known as Traction Alopecia and over time can result in a receding hairline and hair breakage; this is quite possibly the cause of Tyga’s hair loss.

There are non-surgical hair loss solutions for both conditions, with Male Pattern Hair Loss treatment generally involving two clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved topical and oral medications used daily on an on-going basis, and Traction Alopecia treatment featuring a key topical solution used until the problem clears up. At Belgravia once a hair specialist has diagnosed a client’s condition, they can then tailor a customised hair loss treatment course featuring the appropriate medications alongside additional hair growth supporting products, based on their level and pattern of shedding, medical and lifestyle needs.

Surgery is a drastic step – not to mention an expensive one – and is not widely advised for men under 30. Multiple operations can be needed to get the desired results and, in the case of Male Pattern Baldness, on-going pharmaceutical treatments are still required to be used as aftercare in order to ensure hair surrounding the transplanted area does not shed.

Nicki Minaj, who is currently promoting her new album Queen, said she would comment further this Thursday (16th August) during a ‘Queen Radio’ broadcast. Rumours that she plans to have Tyga and Safaree guest on a new track called 12k Hairline remain unconfirmed…


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


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

alert male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 13 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr T, pictured, is showing solid signs of improvement since starting his personalised treatment plan.

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

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

 

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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.


Researchers in Japan have reported a case where a woman with patchy hair loss from the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, found her ability to walk impaired after undergoing corticosteroid treatment.

The team from Kyoto University has released this study as a warning to medical professionals involved in the treatment of hair loss, to understand how to recognise these rare yet potential side effects.

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According to the case report, published in the Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management medical journal, on 14th August 2018, the woman involved was 23 years of age and had the scalp-only form of Alopecia Areata. This presents as rounded bald patches which can appear suddenly anywhere on the scalp after a disruption to the hair growth cycle shuts down normal hair production, leaving follicles stuck lying dormant in the Telogen (resting) phase. It can affect men, women and children of any age, race and hair type, and frequently clears up naturally within 12 months, though this is not always the case. It may also recur in future even if normal hair growth does resume.

The patient developed bilateral osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) which the Kyoto team describes as “a rare and serious complication that directly inhibits walking because of femoral head collapse”. The femoral head is found at the top of the thigh bone and is a critical part of the hip joint.

As part of her ‘repeated systemic’ corticosteroid therapy treatment for extensive Alopecia Areata, the case study subject was administered several intralesional corticosteroid injections to the scalp. Also known simply as steroid injections, corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that resemble cortisol, the body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ stress hormone which plays a crucial role in metabolism and immune system responses. As such, these are widely used for immunosuppression in cases of autoimmune disorders and inflammatory diseases, including sciatica, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. Common corticosteroids include hydrocortisone, triamcinolone and methylprednisolone and they can take a few hours to days to take effect, with this wearing off within a few months.

As with any medication, side effects are possible. In the case of corticosteroids the NHS warns that these range from short-term localised bruising, pain, mood changes and difficulty sleeping, to potentially permanent cosmetic issues such as pale skin and/or skin dimpling due to loss of fat developing around the injection site. People with diabetes or high blood pressure may also experience a spike in their blood sugar or blood pressure levels for a few days after the injection, too. If infection or swelling develops the NHS cautions that professional medical advice should be sought as quickly as possible.

What the Japanese team is wary of is that symptoms of ONFH, which can be considered a severe (and rare) side effect of corticosteroid treatment, may not be easily recognised by those designated to treat the Alopecia Areata hairloss. As the report states, “sometimes, clinicians who consider that corticosteroids are required for primary disease do not recognize steroid-induced ONFH. The final stage of ONFH is severe osteoarthritis, requiring total hip arthroplasty” [a hip replacement].

Explaining the patient’s symptoms, the study states: “While undergoing therapy, she lost her balance and complained of right groin pain when standing. The patient was subsequently diagnosed with bilateral ONFH. She recovered from AA, but she complained of persistent right hip pain, which subsequently required total hip arthroplasty. We would like to emphasize that patients on corticosteroid therapy for any common disease should be considered as having a potential risk for ONFH.”

The Kyoto University team is keen to stress that early stage detection, usually in the form of MRI evaluation from someone who is able to accurately scrutinise the imaging for signs of ONFH, is crucial for its treatment. If it is caught early, joint-preservation surgery may be possible.

Alternative treatments for Alopecia Areata

There are alternative options to steroid therapy when it comes to treating Alopecia Areata that affects the scalp only. At Belgravia our hair specialists frequently recommend personalised Alopecia Areata treatment courses that comprise appropriate formulations of a topical medication, paired with applicable key hair growth supporting products.

This approach involves stimulating the hair follicles into accelerated hair regrowth and is only used until this has been achieved; treatment does not need to be ongoing, though it can be restarted should the Alopecia recur.

Whilst, again – as with any medication – side effects are possible, the profile for these attached to this type of treatment is minimal – for instance, localised dry skin or flaking may appear on the scalp. If this does occur, a hair specialist will be able to offer advice, a different drug formulation and/or an additional hair treatment to counteract this irritation.

Anyone worried about sudden hair loss, bald patches or excessive hair fall should seek a professional diagnosis as soon as possible in order to ensure treatments can be swiftly recommended as well as to offer peace of mind, given this can be an incredibly stressful issue to deal with.


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


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

alert alopecia areata the belgravia centre 10 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr J, pictured, has seen new growth in the areas affected by his areata patches.

Read his Belgravia Centre review and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating patchy hair loss from Alopecia Areata by clicking the relevant button below…

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


A candid Instagram post from American reality TV star Toya Wright about Post-partum Alopecia – the shedding which occurs after having a baby – saw fans and Real Housewives jumping in to comment with their own experiences.

Boutique-owner Wright, 34, who is currently starring in Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, opened up about her hair loss then asked other women if they had been through it too.

Toya Wright Postpartum Alopecia hair loss after having a baby thinning edges‘No need to panic’

Toya Wright wrote on her 9th August 2018 post, “Postpartum Alopecia is so real… I didn’t know why my hair was falling out. I just noticed my edges and the middle of my hair were getting super thin. Every time I would wash my hair it would come out in chunks. I’ve always had full edges. I did some research and found out that new moms are surprised to be shedding more hair than usual the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. There’s no need to panic: Your hair should be back to normal around your baby’s first birthday. That’s way too long to be without edges but it’s a part of the beauty of giving birth. I just wanted to share that with you ladies. Who else is experiencing postpartum hair loss? …..cause I don’t like it ?!!

The post is accompanied by a video of Wright combing her hair through with her fingers and showing her thinning edges – the hairloss around her hairline – to the camera.

Among those who commented were reality TV heavyweights, Kenya Moore and songwriter Kandi Burruss, who are both long-time cast members of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kandi, who has two children, the youngest of whom is a toddler named Ace, wrote “Mine thinned out after having Ace but I don’t think that it ever got back thick like it was. He’s two now.” Whilst Kenya, who is currently pregnant with her first child, recommended products from her own haircare range.

The hair loss that occurs after having a baby tends to start around three months after giving birth. At any point in time around 90 per cent of the hairs on our scalp are actively growing at any one time. During pregnancy the active ‘anagen’ phase of the hair growth cycle is extended, meaning more hairs are growing at once and for longer without progressing to the shedding phase in order to be replaced by new hairs, as it would ordinarily be the case. When the cycle returns to normal following the birth, these hairs tick over into the telogen – resting – phase and are shed. The result of which is the extra hair shedding – a common and entirely normal issue – known as Post Partum Alopecia.

Kandi BurrussWhilst this can certainly cause intense levels of hair fall, it is common for thinning hair to develop diffusely all over the scalp, rather than just around the hairline. The pattern of hair loss Toya Wright is displaying may suggest more than one condition is present simultaneously, as does Kandi’s comment about not regaining her hair’s full pre-pregnancy thickness.

Is it just post partum hair loss?

Besides being stars in top-rated reality TV shows, another thing both Toya Wright and Kandi Burruss, 42, have in common is their hairstyles. Both women frequently appear to wear their Afro hair straightened and in tight hairstyles such as high ponytails, or sport wigs and hair extensions. Given their punishing schedules of public appearances and TV filming, it is likely that they have their hair styled more often than the average woman, and this can be problematic – especially for the hairline – and could be at least contributing to Toya’s thinning edges and Kandi’s loss of volume.

The types of taut hairstyles and weighty accessories both women seem to favour are known to place tension on the hair follicles. In addition to causing hair breakage, which is where the hair becomes so weakened that it snaps along the shaft, making it look thinner and frazzled, it can lead to hair loss from Traction Alopecia. These issues are particularly common among women of colour due to Afro hair being the most naturally brittle hair type.

Traction Alopecia often displays as a receding hairline due to this area bearing the brunt of the strain caused by high ponytails, braids and adornments such as hair extensions. In severe cases this can lead to permanent hair loss though as long as the follicles are still functioning, Traction Alopecia treatment can generally help to promote regrowth.

Another – and, actually, the most common – cause of thinning hair and temporal hair loss (thinning edges) is Female Pattern Baldness. This can start any time following puberty in women with a genetic predisposition and is a permanent, progressive condition. Postpartum Alopecia can exacerbate this where the condition is already present, and can even prematurely trigger this type of shedding where the susceptibility is present but dormant. This only affects areas along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown.

Given the many reasons involved in women’s hair loss – and the fact that it is possible to have more than one hair loss condition simultaneously – it is always worth having a hair specialist check you over if you are concerned at the amount of hair you’re shedding. Where Postpartum Alopecia is the sole cause treatment is available to women who are no longer breast feeding or pumping their milk. At Belgravia combination hair loss treatment courses can also be tailored to combat multiple issues at once, based on the conditions diagnosed, pattern and level of shedding, medical profile and lifestyle requirements.


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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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Scottish TV personality Gail Porter is perhaps the best known bald woman in the UK. After losing her hair to an extreme form of Alopecia Areata in 2003, she became the unofficial poster woman for this type of autoimmune disorder and has bravely spoken openly about her ups and downs with the condition ever since.

Throughout the whole process, which has included experiencing short-lived, sporadic hair regrowth, the 47 year old has steadfastly refused to wear a wig – until now.

Blonde wig revealed

During an August 13th appearance on ITV’s flagship daytime chat show, Loose Women, Gail Porter wore a wig for the first time in 15 years. The blonde shade and shoulder length style were reminiscent of her famous 1990’s look, when the then model had her naked image projected on to the Houses of Parliament.

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When taking to the stage, the audience and panellists let out audible gasps of admiration at Porter’s new look, prompting what appeared to be happy tears from the Children’s Trust ambassador. She answered the panel’s questions regarding how it felt to have hair after being bald for so long, telling them, “It feels really weird, but really nice,” and admitting she keeps flipping her new hair. “It reminds me of being young – I feel quite young today… when I saw this colour it reminded me of in the 90’s and I thought ‘I quite like that’.”

Gail Porter wore her blonde wig down with a piece of the front left hairline styled into a single plait and was roundly complimented on how realistic it looked.

The lace front wig was made especially for her by Hair4All and seemed to fit perfectly and securely, despite Porter having no hair to attach it to; her condition – believed to be Alopecia Universalis – is the most severe phenotype of autoimmune alopecia and causes complete hair loss from head to toe. Whilst her condition was initially diagnosed as Alopecia Totalis, which causes total hairloss from the head, including facial hair such as eyebrows and eyelashes, she mentioned during a stint on the reality TV game show Celebrity Big Brother that she had no hair on her body either, suggesting it had progressed to Universalis.

Continuing in her notoriously candid vein, Porter wanted to let people know, especially women finding it tough to deal with baldness, that there are viable options – even if treatment isn’t currently one of them.

I love being bald but I just thought it would be great to show people that you can get things as realistic as this. It’s people with cancer… people go bald for all different reasons,” she said, acknowledging that she probably wouldn’t wear it very much but may branch out, getting more fun coloured ones. “You can put your hair up, I can take mine off!

Developing self-confidence

During her Loose Women interview, Gail Porter let slip that she still keeps her old hair in a jar at home. This may seem like an odd memento to some but not for the quirky Scot who has bravely battled both hair loss and mental illness in the public eye, whilst keeping her sense of humour.

In June 2018 it was revealed that she had been undergoing counselling to prepare her for the emotional journey of ‘getting her hair back’ during a TV appearance, referring to her new wig. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was allegedly to help her come to terms with losing her hair, dealing with baldness and preparing for the emotions having hair again could bring up.

Therapy is a fantastic option for people with the most severe forms of autoimmune alopecia to increase their self-confidence and help them deal with this sudden onset condition. Treatment options are currently extremely limited and those, such as topical immunotherapy, are rarely reliable in terms of success rates. At Belgravia medically-suitablepeople aged 16 and over with the mildest form which causes patchy hair loss of the scalp only can often benefit from Alopecia Areata treatment involving the use of a topical solution applied directly where needed.

New drugs are currently in the late stages of development which it is hoped will be able to regrow hair loss caused by all forms of Alopecia Areata, including Totalis and Universalis. A 2021 release date has been floated but not confirmed so, for those who hope for treatment, options such as counselling and wigs may help to provide relief in the meantime.


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


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

alert female pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 09 08 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mrs Y, pictured, is making great progress saying “I am now 3 months into treatment and have seen a lot of improvement in hair growth”.

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

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The Belgravia Centre 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.


The most severe types of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata are typically considered untreatable, given the treatments which are available have not shown themselves to be truly, consistently effective.

Whilst Alopecia Areata treatment can be beneficial to the mildest form, which causes patchy hair lossto the scalp only, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, which cause baldness of the head and from head to toe respectively, currently have limited options.

Topical immunotherapy is commonly used but has previously shown itself to have wildly varying success rates when it comes to hair regrowth. It involves sparking what is essentially an allergic reaction in the skin, in order to encourage active hair growth from the dormant follicles.

Swabs cotton buds qtips topical immunotherapyAs we prepare for what could be the first clinically-proven, medical board approved and licensed forms of treatment for all these forms of autoimmune alopecia, to potentially become available in 2021, a team has studied whether there is any merit in a common existing treatment method.

Specifically, researchers from the Institute of Hair and Cosmetic Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine in Korea have undertaken a systematic review of how effective topical immunotherapy can be for regrowing hair. This involved summarising the findings of many previous studies where topical – or ‘contact’ – immunotherapy, where treatments are swabbed onto the skin – were used, in order to arrive at a more informed conclusion.

Measuring hair regrowth from topical immunotherapy

Published on 1st August 2018 in the JAMA Dermatology medical journal (doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.2312), the researchers set themselves a question to answer: ‘At what rate is contact immunotherapy associated with satisfactory hair regrowth in patients with alopecia areata?’

In order to find a meaningful response the team analysed 45 studies comprising 2,227 patients with a diagnosis of Alopecia Areata (AA), Alopecia Totalis (AT) or Alopecia Universalis (AU), who had been treated using solely topical immunotherapy. Data from articles published prior to 20th November 2017 was taken from a search of the MEDLINE database, Embase, and Cochrane Library, using the search terms areata, totalis, universalis, sensitizer, sensitization, immunotherapy, DPCP, diphenylcyclopropenone, diphencyprone, SADBE, and squaric.

The results were noted as follows:

– any hair regrowth observed = 74.6% (AA), 54.5% (AT/AU) = 65.5% overall mean rate of hair regrowth

– minor regrowth observed = 64.9% (AA), 45% (AT/AU) = 55% overall mean rate of hair regrowth

– major regrowth observed = 56.1% (AA), 28.7% (AT/AU) = 42.4% overall mean rate of hair regrowth

– total hair regrowth observed = 42.6% (AA),  24.9% (AT/AU) = 32.3% overall mean rate of hair regrowth

It was further stated that where the extent of the hair loss was 50% or greater, where there was an atopic history or where nail dystrophy was also present, there was likely to be a less promising response.

What was not stated was how long these hair regrowth results lasted – Alopecia Areata is known to recur – how long the topical immunotherapy treatment was used for. However, researchers did note that ‘Recurrence rates were 38.3% among patients receiving maintenance treatment and 49.0% among those not receiving maintenance treatment’ – suggesting this hospital-based treatment was on-going in some cases.

From studying the types of immunotherapy administered in each case, it was concluded that diphenylcyclopropenone or squaric acid dibutyl ester was ‘preferred’ as a treatment for Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.

Having established that hair regrowth outcomes may be influenced by a number of factors, as outlined, the Korean researchers felt that improving patient education regarding topical immunotherapy’s success rates may lead to them sticking with it for longer and, therefore, experiencing better results.

Alopecia Areata treatment for patchy hair loss

At Belgravia hair specialists currently offer people aged 16 years and over the option of treating patchy, scalp-only Alopecia Areata with appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil. Whilst this medication, which is applied to the scalp where needed, is only MHRA licensed and FDA approved for the treatment of genetic hair loss in men and women, it is widely understood to have addition hair growth applications. It can be used until sufficient regrowth results are seen, then stopped and – should the condition recur – treatment may be resumed after consultation with a hair specialist.

When used as part of a personalised hair treatment plan, many Belgravia clients have experienced significant results, as can be seen in the dedicated Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This approach is not feasible for people with AT and AU, or those under 16 years of age; currently people in these groups should consult their GP or dermatologist for advice.


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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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Stress is a well-established cause of hair loss in humans, but did you know it can have the same effect in animals?

Following a sudden shock or trauma the hair growth cycle can become disrupted, often temporarily, resulting in sudden shedding and rounded bald patches developing due to the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

Mojo police dog manchesterMojo the police dog

There have been many cases of alopecia in animals; Mojo, a British Transport Police dog, developed the patchy hair loss symptomatic of Alopecia Areata after being the first dog on the scene at the Manchester Arena Ariana Grande concert bombing on 22nd May 2017.

His handler, PC Phil Healy explained, “On the night of the arena attack, it was such a long, long day. Mojo did 11 hours of searching there. About a week afterwards, he developed stress-related alopecia. His hair started falling out and we are sure it was brought on by that night… You could see it in his face. He didn’t want to be there. Nobody did – but we had a job to do.”

The eight year old Collie, who received a Crufts Humanitarian award along with his handler, has now retired after seven years of service. Announced on 3rd August 2018, the British Transport Police said, ‘Our faithful friend PD Mojo is putting up his paws and settling into a life of retirement… He’s given seven years of loyal service to BTP but, given all he went through last year, it’s time for him to enjoy his old age. From all of us at BTP, thank you Mojo. We are proud to have served alongside you.’

Trauma-related Alopecia Areata

When Alopecia Areata is caused by a sudden trauma it often results in temporary hair loss. The hair also tends to regrow naturally within around 12 months in many cases. 

For humans where the hairloss occurs on the scalp only there are a number of Alopecia Areata treatment options which can be used to help accelerate the process. These are not suitable for animals, however, and are often also unsuitable for children under 16 years of age.

Where a child is concerned, a GP will be able to advise as to potential hair growth solutions, whilst anyone whose pet is experiencing excessive shedding or patchy hairloss should contact their vet for advice.


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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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