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Name: Ed

Question: Can you get finasteride without a prescription? I want to use it to stop my hair thinning which I’m sure is Male Pattern Baldness because it runs in my family. I just don’t want to ask my doctor about it so want to know how else I can get it.

Answer: Hi, Ed. Oral finasteride 1mg is a prescription-only treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss. It should only be given to appropriate candidates who are aged 18 years and over.

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Finasteride is not available on the NHS as a hair loss treatment and is currently only available via a private prescription.

It cannot legally be sold in the UK without a prescription, but if you do not wish to visit your GP, there are alternative options so you can obtain the necessary advice and, if you are deemed medically suitable, prescription.

For example, at Belgravia each patient’s finasteride prescription is authorised by a qualified pharmacist prescriber, overseen by an experienced doctor, at the dedicated, licensed hair loss pharmacies in each clinic.

This applies to clients who come in to one of our London hair loss clinics in person to collect their products, as well as those whose treatment is posted to them and whose initial consultation takes place online.

Should you wish to start using finasteride or any other form of Male Hair Loss Treatment, it is vital you purchase these from a reputable, licensed source after being deemed suitable by a medical professional.

The UK watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been very clear in its numerous warnings regarding purchasing medications from unlicensed retailers.

Firstly, without the proper professional medical advice, you will not know if the medication is suitable for you. Secondly, if you buy medication from an unlicensed or unofficial source you have no way of knowing exactly what you are getting.

The drugs you buy believing they are ‘finasteride 1mg’ may be counterfeit, expired or something completely different to what they are sold as; packaging is easy to replicate so don’t let that fool you. Illegal and fake drugs, as well as those that are mis-sold, can have many negative possible consequences, from wasting good money on an ineffective product, through to potentially fatal side effects.

If you are concerned about thinning hair it is wise to consult a specialist who can determine the treatments, and any hair growth supporting products, which may be best-suited to your situation and medical profile.

They are used to seeing many, many people every day with the same issues you are experiencing so there is no need for embarrassment. They will provide reassurance and support in addition to realistic hair loss advice, which will hopefully make you feel comfortable as well as fully informed.


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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client 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

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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Name: John

Question: I started finasteride a month ago but don’t see any difference yet. I’m still seeing the same miniaturised hairs as before. I know it can take around three months to see improvement of the hairline but what I want to know is does it take three months for hair loss to slow down, eg it takes three months to start working, or do the results of the hair loss slowing down become noticeable after three months – so it’s working but it takes three months for the difference to be properly visible?

Answer: Hi, John. Finasteride 1mg is taken once a day to treat Male Pattern Hair Loss and must be taken consistently for optimal results.

When using finasteride in this way it should start to work fairly quickly by reducing the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, it can take 3 to 6 months before any noticeable results occur.

In terms of its effects on hair loss, shedding normally stabilises at around month 3, although it is normal to lose some small amounts of hair daily as part of the natural hair growth cycle. Then new regrowth is seen between months 3 and 6, gradually increasing up to approximately month 12; on-going treatment is then recommended for maintenance.

As you probably know, this MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved tablet is a DHT-blocker. Its job, in relation to Male Pattern Baldness is to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), to stop it from binding to receptors in the susceptible follicles, along the vertex, from hairline to crown, in men with a predisposition to this hereditary condition.

It has a half-life of approximately 5 to 6 hours, which means it becomes half as effective after this time, which is why consistent use, exactly as instructed in the patient information leaflet, is so important.

In removing, or significantly reducing, this cause of genetically thinning hair, normal hair growth should resume in due course. As a result, noticeable changes – from stabilisation of hair fall to increased hair density – should then start to become visible.

As you specifically mention a receding hairline, it is worth noting that Belgravia hair loss specialists have seen finasteride’s benefits for treating a receding hairline when used in combination with topical applications of high strength minoxidil – to encourage accelerated hair growth – many times over the clinic’s 25 year + history. Some of these examples can be viewed in the dedicated Receding Hairline Treatment Success Stories gallery.

There are a number of factors involved in how long it can take for hair loss treatment to take effect. As such, the above information is simply an overview and for specific advice relating to your level and pattern of hair loss, we recommend having a consultation with a specialist.


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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client 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

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.

At 72 years of age, superstar Elton John is one third of the way through his farewell world tour, and celebrating the launch of his autobiography, Me.

As the multi-award winning singer and composer takes a brief look back over his incredible career, he has decided to talk candidly about his life for the first time since his infamous 1997 documentary, Tantrums and Tiaras.

In an exclusive BBC interview with Graham Norton, the Your Song hitmaker discussed the media attention his hair loss has garnered over the years. This included why he hates being bald and is now happy with his look after finding wigs that suit him.

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Elton John’s Male Pattern Baldness was never a secret; his noticeably thinning hair got gradually worse over the years, as is the natural progression of this permanent, hereditary hair loss condition.

This can be charted via his record sleeves and music videos. It also led to him spending large parts of the 1980s covering up his thinning on top with a cap, hat or headpiece, both on and off-stage.

His hairloss became such an essential part of the Elton John – formerly Reg Dwight – story that it was covered in his award-winning 2019 biopic, Rocketman.

“In the film my mother says I’ll be bald by 20 – well I wasn’t quite bald by 20 but more or less by 30 it was going, and I don’t like being bald. I look like Shrek and I don’t like it,” Sir Elton told Graham Norton.

This echoed his earlier 2016 radio interview with Chris Evans where he also advised he had initially taken steps towards preventing baldness as he didn’t like the shape of his head.

“I had hair transplants which didn’t work – that was the early ‘Louis Pasteur’ version of a hair transplant..,” joked the Circle of Life singer.

“There was a tabloid story that it had been put it in upside down,” recalled Norton of Elton John’s unnatural-looking ‘hair plugs‘ which were the result of one of the earliest forms of hair restoration surgery.

“So that didn’t work either – and I’m sure the drugs didn’t help either,” admits the reformed cocaine addict and alcoholic, who was well-known for his love of excess. Famously, the father-of-two ran up a £293,000 bill for flowers over 20 months prior to his bankruptcy hearings in November 2000.

He is absolutely right in thinking his recreational drug use was unhelpful to healthy hair growth after hair transplant surgery or just in general. The combination of alcoholism, marijuana smoking and cocaine use will likely have had various negative effects on his hair, as well as his overall health.

Belgravia superintendent trichologist and senior hair loss specialist, Rali Bozhinova explains, “In cases of alcoholism, alcoholics may absorb less nutrients from their diet, for instance absorbing less B vitamins – including biotin – and zinc, both of which play a key role in supporting the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.

“Elton John’s general lifestyle at the time, based on stories he has told, would have involved a lot of additional stress being placed on his body – from late nights, drug and alcohol abuse, to bulimia, smoking and the emotional stress of handling fame, the media, divorce and bankruptcy,” she notes.

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Elton John is “very happy” with his look now and feels good wearing a wig

“Stress is well-known to contribute to hair loss and poor hair quality, so it is perhaps unsurprising that his hair transplants did not go well. He would have also had to be dedicated to using a pharmaceutical male hair loss treatment course on an on-going daily basis as aftercare, to ensure the DHT-prone hairs surrounding the new grafts did not shed too. But the lifestyle he has described does not sound conducive to consistent use of medication.”

“Furthermore, these stressors can trigger temporary hair loss from all over the scalp – a condition known as Telogen Effluvium – which can further exacerbate Male Pattern Hair Loss”.

“I don’t like being bald”

“I decided to wear a wig and the first wigs I had were so bad, I remember the review when I came out for the Freddie Mercury concert at Wembley said I had a dead squirrel on my head,” the ex-Watford FC chairman told the BBC.

Looking back at it it did look like a dead squirrel – more like a dead mole – and it’s gotten better over the years. I was teased mercilessly in the press.

I’m very happy with it now. It looks good, I’m happy with it on. Yes, I am bald but I don’t like being bald and so I wear a toupee.”

Recounting a visit to Atlanta, Elton John explained how he ‘took his hair off’ and left it by the bed before going to sleep. Upon being awoken by a strange noise, thinking he was going to be burgled, he ran into the corridor only to remember “I haven’t got my hair on!”.

After running back and grabbing his toupee, he quickly put it on and went back to find two maintenance men fixing a leak. “I went to the bathroom and looked at myself… I’d put it on back to front. I looked like Frankie Howerd on a really really bad day. So God knows what they must have thought because I was just wearing underpants and a back-to-front wig…”

“It’s the first thing you grab in a fire,” teased Norton.

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For those who don’t like the idea of surgical hair restoration or wearing a wig, but are equally unhappy at the thought of going bald, a timely visit to a hair loss clinic for a consultation is recommended.

Once the hair follicles have atrophied to the point that they are incapable of producing even thin hair and the skin has taken on a smooth appearance, this means baldness has set in and hair regrowth solutions will be largely futile.

However, as it generally takes a number of years to get to the point of baldness, the earlier professional advice can be sought, the better – not to mention, potentially the more cost effective!

Finding out which hair loss treatments and appropriate hair growth supporting products are best-suited to your specific condition, level and pattern of shedding, plus medical profile, early on, can give you plenty of time to do your own research into which hair loss solutions you feel most comfortable with, saving a lot of trial and error.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free 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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As winter rolls around many people start eyeing up nutritional supplements to boost their immune system in the hope of preventing colds.

Many of these products contain zinc, an essential trace element that plays a vital role in various biological functions but which cannot be generated by the body.

The reason it appears in many ‘immune support’ nutritional products is because zinc contributes to the normal function of the immune system. These are often marketed as ‘helping to fight infection’; this is because it has also been shown, in systematic reviews of clinical studies, that zinc can shorten the duration of a cold.

Zinc also has a number of other health benefits, as, not only does it contribute to the maintenance of normal vision and normal cognitive function, but it can support the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nail health.

The role of zinc in hair growth and hair loss

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When Belgravia hair experts developed the formulation for Hair Vitalics food supplements, both for Men and for Women, zinc was one of the first ingredients to be included. There are three key reasons for this…

Firstly, zinc is known to help support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, making it something of a no-brainer to include in a highly-targeted hair supplement.

Secondly, zinc also has a role in the process of cell division and contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to premature hair loss in at least two clinical studies.

Thirdly, zinc deficiency can contribute to hair loss so it is important for people to ensure they consume a healthy amount every day. Some people may not be able to absorb zinc properly and, in these cases, a GP should be consulted as the underlying reason will need to be established so that appropriate treatment can be decided upon.

Recently, it has also been shown in clinical trials that men with Male Pattern Baldness may benefit from zinc and biotin.Whilst women with Female Pattern Hair Loss were shown to have lower levels of zinc and iron. Both biotin – another well-known hair vitamin – and iron are also included in both Hair Vitalics formulations.

Various clinical trials over the years have also linked the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata to low zinc levels.

Daily recommendations for zinc

The NHS advises that the recommended daily intake of zinc is 5.5–9.5mg a day for men, and 4–7mg a day for women.*

The UK Food Standards Agency and Department of Health recommends not consuming more than 25mg of zinc per day, as “too much may cause anaemia and weakening of the bones”. *

Therefore, when taking zinc supplements, or other nutritional support products containing zinc, such as multivitamins or hair supplements, it is important to ensure your intake, including zinc obtained through your diet, meets this criteria.

Causes of zinc deficiency

Zinc must be supplied through the diet. It can easily be obtained from a number of dietary sources, including meat, seafood, legumes (chick peas, lentils and even baked beans), seeds and nuts.

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Oysters are considered the most naturally zinc-rich foodstuff

Oysters are considered the most zinc-rich food stuff for meat-eaters and pescatarians, whilst sun-dried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds are among the best natural vegetarian and vegan sources of zinc.

In addition to those not getting enough zinc through their diets because of an unbalanced diet, deficiency can also occur for various other reasons.

Zinc deficiency is often seen in people “consuming large amounts of cereal grain (which contains a phytate considered to be chelating agent of zinc), in those with poor meat consumption or TPN [Total Parenteral Nutrition], and in infants on milk formula. Other causes of zinc deficiency include anorexia nervosa (secondary to inadequate intake, increased zinc excretion, and malabsorption due to laxative abuse), inflammatory bowel disease, jejunal bypass surgery, and cystic fibrosis. Alcoholism, malignancy, burns, infection, and pregnancy may all cause increased metabolism and excretion of zinc,” according to research published in the Dermatology & Therapy journal in March 2019 (source: doi: 10.1007/s13555-018-0278-6).

Those with eczema or seborrheic dermatitis may find their conditions worsen as a result of zinc deficiency. It can also make wound-healing slower.

If you are concerned about a potential zinc deficiency, it is best to contact your GP as they should be able to refer you for the appropriate blood tests, urine tests and/or hair strand analysis.

Thinning hair and excessive hair fall which presents as a result of zinc deficiency is known as Telogen Effluvium. It is a temporary form of hairloss which tends to become obvious around three months after being triggered.

It causes up to 30-40 per cent of all scalp hair to shed, so may be alarming, but normal hair regrowth should resume with six months, though treatment to accelerate this process may be helpful.

For those worried about sudden or unusual levels of shedding, consulting a professional hair loss specialist may be both informative and a huge relief. They will be able to identify the cause of the thinning and explain both why it is happening and what can be done to encourage hair growth, as well as providing personalised recommendations for hair loss treatments and hair growth supporting products, where appropriate.

* Information correct at time of writing: November 2019 (Source: NHS.uk)

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

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client 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

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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free 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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Name: Harry

Question: My hair is starting to thin but there’s no male pattern baldness in my family so I want to know what happens when there’s hair loss but it’s not genetic? Can you tell me what causes it and can you still treat it?

Answer: Hi, Harry. There are many factors that can cause hair loss, especially when it presents as thinning.

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The most common is Male Pattern Baldness – androgenetic alopecia – which, as you know, is inherited. The genetic predisposition can come from either side of the family and it is even possible for it to ‘skip generations‘, yet still be passed on.

This happens where the genes are present but inactive, so the individual does not show any outward signs of hair loss but still has the relevant genes which can therefore be passed on.

Because of this, you may need to look further back in your family tree to determine whether there is any Male or Female Pattern Hair Loss further back.

Another quick way to tell if you have Male Pattern Hair Loss is to find out whereabouts on the scalp the thinning hair is, and where hair fall is coming from. Hereditary hair loss only affects the top of the head – the vertex area – from the crown to the hairline and temples. Any shedding below this is likely to be the result of a different hair loss condition.

Other non-genetic hair loss conditions which can cause thinning hair include Telogen Effluvium or, it’s chronic form, Diffuse Thinning. These both cause temporary shedding from all over the scalp.

They are usually caused by an underlying medical or lifestyle issue, including thyroid problems, anaemia, nutritional deficiencies and side effects of certain prescription medications.

Up to approximately 30 to 40 per cent of hair on the scalp may shed around three months after being triggered and normal hair growth should resume naturally within six months, depending on the severity. Treatment can be sought to help accelerate this hair regrowth.

Furthermore, hair breakage – often the result of too-frequent heat styling – can give hair the appearance of being weak and thin, but is not actually a hair loss condition as it does not involve the follicle. It is simply the result of weakened hair snapping along the shaft, and can generally be resolved by getting a good hair cut to tidy up the damaged hair.

If you are seeing thinning edges, also known as a receding hairline, this could be Male Pattern Hair Loss or, if you regularly wear your hair in tight hairstyles such as braids or a man bun, Traction Alopecia. Again, this can be treated but the source of the tension which places excessive strain on the follicles, should also be removed.

If you would like to see precisely how these different hair loss conditions can present, you can take a look at our men’s Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories in case any look similar to what you are experiencing.

As you can see, it’s difficult to provide an exact diagnosis on just the information you have provided so we recommend having an in-person or online consultation with a hair loss specialist. This will provide you with a confirmation of your condition as well as personalised recommendations for appropriate hair loss treatments, as well as any beneficial hair growth supporting products.


Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinic Hair Loss Specialist Free 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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A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client 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

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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Name: Daryush

Question: I wanted to know if you can treat traction alopecia hair loss in men. I heard you can use minoxidil to regrow hair around the hairline and I was wondering about the duration of use since traction alopecia is not a hereditary condition, does this mean that men who use minoxidil and discontinue use once the results they want have been obtain can keep their results? Or do they have continue using minoxidil forever?

Answer: Hi Daryush. There is no MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatment for Traction Alopecia hair loss. However, as you say, high strength minoxidil – which does have these authorisations for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness (and Female Pattern Hair Loss) – can be helpful for many patients with this condition.

It does, however, depend upon the severity of hair loss experienced; As long as there are still active follicles that are capable of growing hair, minoxidil can be used to encourage them to grow stronger and thicker hair.

When using this topical hairloss solution, the first results tend to become visible between 3 and 6 months into the treatment. Maximum hair regrowth is then usually visible after approximately 12 months of on-going treatment.

Depending on the severity of this hair loss condition, some people can stop treatment once regrowth has been achieved. Others, meanwhile, may have to continue using minoxidil in order to continuously maintain the hair follicles in optimal health.

If the traction hair loss is very mild, you may decide to use minoxidil to encourage quicker regrowth of strong hair. You may stop the treatment once you are happy with the achieved results. But it is important to ensure you avoid further traction in the area both during and, ideally, after treatment. This means skipping tight hairstyles such as braids, cornrows and man buns, and wearing the hair naturally so the follicles are not weighed down and the hair is not pulled too tautly.

You can monitor the area and, of course, if you notice any further weakening of the hair, you can re-start treatment.

In addition to Traction Alopecia, these types of hairstyles can also cause hair breakage, where strands snap in two along the shaft. This can give the appearance of thin, weak and frizzy hair, though can often be dealt with by getting a trim.

With more severe cases of Traction Alopecia, there may be some atrophy to the hair follicles. This means that, once Traction Alopecia treatment is stopped, you may notice some deterioration in the results. As long as you are happy with the results at this point and you avoid placing further strain on the hair and follicles, you do not have to continue treatment though – it is entirely your decision.

If you wish to continuously stimulate the hair to grow to its optimal thickness, you may decide to continue using treatment. This should be done in consultation with your hair loss specialist so it can be professionally monitored.

In cases where the hair follicles have been completely destroyed, surgical intervention may be necessary so a hair transplant may be a better option. Suitability for this type of hair restoration procedure depends on the extent of the bald areas, any scarring and the amount of good quality donor hair available.

As you can see, the results and duration of treatment will mostly depend on the severity of hair loss. It can also depend on whether Traction Alopecia is the only form of shedding you are experiencing.

For instance, if you have both Male Pattern Baldness and Traction Alopecia, both can be treated simultaneously. But, as Male Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent and progressive condition, hair loss treatment would need to be on-going even after seeing regrowth results to the areas affected by Traction Alopecia.

The best thing we can advise you do as a first step is to have a no-obligation consultation, either in-person or online, so a hair expert can diagnose your condition, level and pattern of shedding. From there they can make informed recommendations as to the types of treatments and hair growth supporting products best-suited to your situation and medical profile.

Once you have all the information, you can then decide what you feel most comfortable with and go from there.


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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