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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.


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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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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)

 

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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.


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 male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 05 10 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Callum, pictured, has seen an improvement to the density of his hair 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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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.


Because there aren’t quite enough articles encouraging people to give up smoking already, here’s another one. But we’re not here to tell you about the (obvious and well-documented) perils cigarettes can wreak upon your health, we’re appealing to your vanity.

These are some of the key effects smoking has on our looks – including premature ageing, going grey early and hair loss.

Whilst these generally refer to chronic or ‘heavy’ smoking, classified as 20 or more cigarettes per day, the effects can also be seen in more moderate smokers and light smokers don’t get off scott free either… Interestingly, because some of these effects are the result of tobacco smoke, repeated passive smoking can also result in similar problems in certain instances.

Smokers eyes

Excess baggage

Studies have shown that smoking can cause sagging skin under the eyes. These bags under the eyes are thought to be worsened in smokers due to collagen production – necessary for skin elasticity – being negatively affected by the ingredients found in cigarettes. These can destroy collagen and elastin, leading to saggy skin all over the body, not just the under-eyes, and deeper wrinkles. Crows feet and deep lines at the outer corners of eyes are also more common and from an earlier age in smokers.

Sag harbour

Smokers saggy breastsIt’s not just eye bags that ‘cancer sticks’ can have a hand in; smoking has been identified as one of the leading causes of sagging breasts. It can also cause ‘bingo wings’ – droopy upper arm skin – again, due to the way the chemicals in cigarettes target the proteins that help to keep skin strong and promote elasticity. This is also the science researchers have found to be behind accelerated skin ageing and impaired wound-healing in smokers and chronic passive smokers.

Pale ail

Skin that starts to look pale and, in older smokers, may also develop an uneven tone is considered the result of chronic smokers’ depleted nutrients and oxygen levels. In addition to having a pallid appearance, the skin may also look ashen and dry for the same reasons.

Lip disservice

Because of the repeated sucking motion lips are required to perform when smoking, combined with the aforementioned drop in skin suppleness and strength, smokers are likely to have vertical lines form around their mouth. These can be deep ridges and are rarely seen in non-smokers.

Spot the difference

Age spots, darkened patches that tend to appear on the skin as we age, are known to be accelerated by repeated sun exposure. However, researchers believe smokers are particularly at risk of developing age spots.

Stoop smoking

Due to smokers being more at risk of developing brittle bones than non-smokers, they may develop a hunched back or stoop, which is one of the key outwardly visible signs of this condition.

Tooth and nail

Smokers teethSmoking is responsible for a number of oral complications, from gingivitis and bad breath to smokers being more likely to lose teeth than non-smokers. And then there’s the tobacco staining… yellow teeth, fingernails and finger tips are all part of the package for smokers thanks to the tar and nicotine contained in cigarettes.

Grey area

Smoking has been linked to hair going grey prematurely in a number of clinical studies. Research from a 2013 study, published in the Indian Dermatology Journal, stated there is a ‘significant relation’ between cigarette smoking and hair turning grey before 30 years of age. With smokers being two and a half more times likely to find their hair going prematurely grey than non-smokers.

As premature hair greying has traditionally been seen as a side effect of certain health issues, including autoimmune disease and conditions which cause premature ageing, scientists believe there may be a correlation between smokers’ hair turning grey before 30 years of age and the early ageing of their organs. This may, in turn, suggest a shorter lifespan.

So flaky

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition which causes flaky patches of red and silver ‘scales’. It tends to appear most commonly on the elbows, knees, hands, feet, back and scalp. Research has shown psoriasis is more prevalent in smokers.

Areas of scalp affected by genetic hair loss and telogen effluvium temporary permanent baldness diagram

Hair loss trigger

Studies have linked smoking to both thinning hair in men and women from temporary hair loss conditions, to the permanent hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness. Tobacco smoke has a similar ‘drying’ effect on the body as persistent stress; its effects can cause extra strain which may disrupt the normal functioning of the hair growth cycle, furthermore the chemicals contained in that smoke can directly damage the hair follicles’ DNA.

This can result in diffusely thinning hair from all over the scalp – typically from Telogen Effluvium – or, for those with active Male or Female Pattern Hair Loss, their shedding may intensify. Furthermore, for those with an underlying genetic predisposition towards Male or Female Pattern Baldness, the conditions’ onset may be prematurely triggered by the effects of smoking on the body.

Oxidative stress, cell damage which can arise from smoking among other environmental and lifestyle causes, has also been shown in two recent studies to contribute to premature Male Pattern Baldness.

Smoking is also believed to result in drier hair that may be weaker and more brittle, which can also make it look thin, as a result of the decreased level of nutrients it receives.

Whilst ensuring a good balanced diet filled with hair-friendly vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which may be topped up with a highly-targeted hair supplement such as Hair Vitalics if desired, may help smokers’ hair to look healthier than it might otherwise, giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do to help your hair reach its full potential.

For those worried about thinning hair – regardless of whether they smoke or not – a consultation with a professional can be a source of both information and comfort. A dedicated hair loss specialist can carry out a scalp assessment and take a brief medical history before making a diagnosis and recommending a personalised hair loss treatment course tailored to their findings and the patient’s individual requirements.

 

Sources: WebMD; Tobacco Causes Premature Skin Aging study (2007) Journal of Dermatological Science; How Does Chronic Cigarette Smoke Exposure Affect Human Skin? A Global Proteomics Study in Primary Human Keratinocytes (2012) Omics journal; “Quitting smoking rejuvenates the skin” study findings (2010) Skinmed journal; The effects of smoking on bone metabolism (2012) Osteoporosis Int journal; The effects of tobacco use on oral health study (2003) Hong Kong medical journal; Psoriasis and smoking: links and risks (2016) Psoriasis journal; Association between smoking and hair loss: another opportunity for health education against smoking? (2003) Dermatology journal;

 


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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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Following the success of investigations into the JAK-STAT pathway and its involvement in autoimmune disorders, researchers at Cairo University in Egypt are exploring its potential links to genetic hair loss.

Trial registration data published on the clinicaltrials.gov website suggests that the trial will start on 15th October 2018, with an estimated end date of 1st April 2019.

What is the JAK-STAT pathway?

Put simply, the JAK-STAT pathway is an evolutionarily conserved signaling chain through which proteins in cells communicate. Its normal functioning is crucial for ensuring the stability of many biological processes including growth and the immune system.

“It is a well known fact that the JAK-STAT pathway plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of alopecia areata. Both phosphorylated STAT 1 and 3 have been found to be upregulated in the disease (Xing et al., 2014). However, whether this pathway plays a role in other hair loss disorders remains unclear,” says the Cairo University team.

The Egypt-based team states in its clinical trial registration that the aim of the study is to assess STAT3 levels in participants with Male Pattern Baldness. “We hypothesize that STAT3 levels will be elevated (due to a previous study proving that JAK-STAT pathway is involved in non-immune mediated hair loss in mice (Sivan et al., 2015)),” they write.

Exploring the links between Male Pattern Baldness and the JAK-STAT pathway is likely to produce findings that are also applicable to Female Pattern Hair Loss – the women’s equivalent of this genetic condition. However, further studies would be needed to confirm this, especially seeing as the retrospective, punch biopsy-based research will feature just 25 participants, making it small in scale. Continues below…

Key Steps of the JAK STAT Pathway diagram

Likely implications for Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss

Currently the understanding of how these hair loss conditions occur is that people inherit a genetic predisposition towards male/female pattern baldness which can come via a number of different genes that can be inherited from either or both sides of their family. When this predisposition is active it causes them to develop a sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) any time following puberty. It can, however, remain dormant meaning no outward signs of hair loss develop but the relevant genetics can still be passed on – this is why the condition can be seen to skip generations.

How DHT Shrinks Hair Follicles

How DHT Shrinks Hair Follicles aka Hair or Follicular Miniaturisation

In both men and women with genetic hair loss the susceptible areas are located along the top of the scalp, from the crown to the hairline, and the temples. As DHT binds to follicles in these areas it weakens them, causing them to produce increasingly weaker, thinning hair or – particularly in men – a receding hairline, and eventual hair loss. Though this may result in baldness in men, women tend to experience advanced thinning but rarely go completely bald.

Knowing more about the exact biological processes involved in androgenetic and androgenic alopecia, including any relating to the JAK-STAT pathway can only be helpful. Particularly for the exploration and development of new treatments for hair loss.

A number of JAK inhibitor hair loss treatments, initially developed as treatments for the autoimmune disorders Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis, have already had patents issued in relation to treating male and female pattern hair loss too. There are various trials planned or underway investigating their use as novel genetic hair loss treatments, and further information as to how these are progressing is expected over the next year. With the first JAK inhibitor treatments for Alopecia Areata expected to be finalised and licensed/approved in time for a 2022 release, it is likely JAK inhibitors for male and female pattern baldness may not be too far behind.

In the meantime, given these hereditary conditions are permanent and get worse over time, it is generally advised that anyone wishing to stabilise shedding, promote regrowth and prevent baldness, takes advice in a timely manner. Clinically-proven hair loss treatments are already well-established and recognised by medical regulatory bodies, with the key topical and oral medications for genetic hair loss being both MHRA licensed and FDA approved.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics 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 male pattern hair loss the belgravia centre 02 10 2018A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Mr B, pictured, has seen an excellent improvement since starting his personalised treatment course last year.

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)

 

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.


The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology has published results from a small scale trial investigating a blended topical hair loss solution containing both finasteride and minoxidil to treat Male Pattern Baldness.

Both these medications are well-established in their own right as the only currently MHRA licensed and FDA approved genetic hair loss treatments for men. However, this only applies to the oral 1mg/day tablet form of finasteride.

In a bid to advance options for treating male pattern hair loss, and to reduce possible side effects, various researchers are now looking into topical finasteride – a 2020 release date has been estimated – but this is the first significant blended trial we are aware of.

Minoxidil DropperMixed solution trial

The randomised clinical trial was carried out by doctors from the Division of Dermatology at Ramathibodi Hospital’s Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. It comprised 40 men diagnosed with Male Pattern Baldness, who were all between 18 and 60 years old.

Their precise level of hairloss when treated was started is not disclosed in the published abstract, though we are told that hair density and hair diameter were measured before treatment began in order to establish baseline data. Photographic assessments were taken as were recordings of fluctuations in DHT levels – DHT (dihydrotestosterone) being the hormone responsible for causing thinning hair and/or a receding hairline in cases of genetic hair loss.

The results from 24 weeks of treatment using a solution of 0.25% finasteride and 3% minoxidil were compared to those from a control group of men who had been using 3% minoxidil on its own.

Key aims for the study were to identify the safety and efficacy of this particular blended solution in comparison to a minoxidil-only hair loss treatment. It is worth noting that minoxidil is a dose-dependent drug and formulations of up to 5% strength are available over-the-counter without prescription. As such, the 3% being tested would be considered ‘regular’ in strength.

Promising findings

The 24 week findings showed that ‘about 90% of patients treated with the combined solution experienced moderate to marked improvement’. Those treated with this finasteride-minoxidil blend also revealed a minimal reduction of approximately 5% to their DHT levels. Although the minoxidil-only group’s results were not made available in this abstract, the author states that the combination treatment was ‘significantly superior to minoxidil alone in improvements of hair density, hair diameter and global photographic assessment’. No significant side effects were reported for either group of users.

“The results are quite positive with less incidence of side effects due to topical application rather systemic,” Belgravia Superintendent Pharmacist Prescriber and Senior Hair Loss Specialist, Christina Chikaher commented on this latest study. 

“I have seen similar studies and also one with only topical finasteride. In one of these studies the results for topical and systemic formulations were actually very similar. I definitely think that topical applications of finasteride could be an effective and beneficial form of treatment and look forward to seeing the results of larger, more in depth trials for men. I would also welcome seeing the possibility of topical finasteride for women with Female Pattern Hair Loss investigated in the near future.

This is certainly an exciting area of hair loss treatment that deserves more attention, however, given androgenetic alopecia is permanent and progressive in nature, I would advise anyone concerned about losing their hair or seeing a decrease in hair volume now to seek help sooner rather than waiting for the ‘next big thing’ to be introduced. The existing topical and oral medications can help to stabilise shedding, promote regrowth and prevent baldness with on-going use, and can be paired with hair growth supporting products as part of a well-rounded approach to hair loss and hair care.”


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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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