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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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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: Aarav

Question: Does emu oil make hair loss medication work better when I apply to scalp? Please tell me.

Answer: Hi, Aarav. We understand that this is a popular internet rumour based – we presume – on emu oil’s alleged anti-inflammatory properties, but there is no clinical evidence to support this theory.

Furthermore, according to Medical News Today, there have been reports of emu oil causing irritation when it is applied directly to the skin.

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The purpose of applying oil to the scalp or hair is to nourish and moisturise it – it can help the condition of existing hair, but it cannot treat or prevent a hair loss condition – this is the job of clinically-proven hair loss treatments.

Contrary to helping hair loss treatment to be more effective, in some cases using emu oil or any other hair oil can actually dilute the topically-applied MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss solution, high strength minoxidil. This may make it less effective.

If you are using a hair oil as well as topical hair loss solutions, it is wise to apply the oil at least an hour after applying minoxidil.

There is no reliable medical evidence regarding the use of emu oil for hair growth or hair care and the quality of the oil depends on how well the emus are raised. This, in turn, can mean the better quality oils are higher in price, and cheaper versions may be of inferior quality.

There are many more affordable and widely suitable scalp and hair oil options, including coconut oil, argan oil and castor oil, it is just important to be mindful of how and when you use them. Not to mention being mindful of the fact that whichever one you use, hair oil is essentially used as a haircare product – not a hair loss treatment or medication.

If you are looking to enhance your current hair regimen, there are a number of steps you can take. One of these is to consider adding appropriate hair growth supporting products to your regime in addition to the authorised medications.

These include FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the HairMax LaserComb or LaserBand, which are painless ways to stimulate follicles in order to promote strong hair as well as hair growth.

The one-a-day food supplement Hair Vitalics for Men has also been developed exclusively by Belgravia hair specialists for the maintenance of normal, healthy hair growth. The highly-targeted formula contains a number of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including biotin, zinc and selenium.

If you are unsure as to which options may be open to you, or would like personalised advice as to which may be most suited to you based on your current treatment routine, condition, level and pattern of shedding, and medical profile, a consultation with a hair loss specialist should provide the answers you are looking for.


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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Economists may not be your typical hair loss researchers, but a team from Appalachian State University’s Department of Economics has produced some interesting reading on the subject.

Three students carried out the amusingly-titled ‘Willingness Toupee’ study, investigating how much men would pay to get more hair. What they discovered in addition to these monetary aspects, was some of the most common ways men are trying to hide the signs of Male Pattern Baldness.

As they write, “The gut-wrenching suffering and panic from hair loss has been happening since the beginning of time. Of course, men have not sat passively by while their former manes wisp away like dandelion seeds. From the modern day “hair piece”, or toupee, to the Neanderthal’s “stone piece”, men have been fighting back.

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It is clear from the battery of products available that mask hair loss (e.g., toupee, hair-in-a-bottle), regrow hair (e.g., minoxidil or finasteride) or methods used to trick others into believing a full head of hair still exists (e.g., the comb-over), balding men are engaged in significant economic activities to fight hair loss.”

Styling methods for hiding hair loss

Through surveying 151 men, who were each paid $0.70 to complete the 5 minute questionnaire, the North Carolina, USA, team found men employed various hair hacks in a bid to distract from their thinning hair.

The vast majority of participants were aged between 18 and 35 years of age (71%), whilst 24% were between 36 and 55 years, with 5% being over 56.

The top styling methods for hiding hair loss were found to be…

  • a combover (36%)
  • brushing the hair forward to help hide a receding hairline (26%)
  • wearing a hat (23%)

How much men would pay to have more hair

The extent of each man’s hair loss was measured using the Norwood-Hamilton Scale. They were then given the option of increasing their hair density by moving down the scale by just one point – from a Norwood 3 to a Norwood 2, for example. Continues below…

When it came to how much value men place on their hair, or having hair, in monetary terms, the researchers found that as the price of hair restoration – whether surgical or pharmaceutical – increased, the men’s likelihood to say yes decreased proportionally.

However, when information regarding the efficacy of hair loss treatment options was provided, those which were deemed more effective had an increased chance of uptake from the participants.

After modelling the figures, the American team found that the amount men were willing to pay to increase the amount of hair they currently have by just one point on the Norwood-Hamilton scale, came to $5,324 using a mixed logit model and $5,812 using a latent class model. Based on these figures, this would mean spending over $10,000 if they wanted to fully restore their hair.

Professional hair loss advice

On a very simple level, this data is no huge surprise as it backs up what many of us want – the best possible product for the best possible price.

It also showed that the worse a man’s hair loss gets, the more he is willing to pay more money for products which are known to be less effective.

Belgravia always recommends seeking professional advice as soon as signs of hair loss – including regular, excessive shedding or a drop in hair density – become apparent, even if you then decide to take your time to properly explore all the available options.

As Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent, progressive condition, if it is left to run its course without intervention, from clinically-proven treatments for example, the hair thinning process of follicular miniaturisation will continue. This can lead to baldness and, once the skin takes on a smooth, shiny appearance, the hair follicles will no longer be able to produce hair growth – even with assistance – so the hair loss will then be permanent.

In some cases a hair transplant may be a viable option but this depends on the quality and quantity of the donor hair – hair at the back and sides of the scalp which is not affected by genetic hair loss – as well as the individual’s medical suitability. However, even if surgical hair restoration is applicable, a pharmaceutical course featuring one or both of the only authorised hairloss treatments will generally be required on an on-going basis afterwards in order to preserve the results of surgery.

One aspect the Appalachian students picked up on was that educating men about what causes hair loss and what can be done about it would be widely beneficial, given the importance hair has to many men’s self-esteem. They suggest government-subsidised information programmes may be useful to men’s welfare but, for now, anyone concerned about losing their hair can find personalised advice and, where appropriate, treatment recommendations, by speaking with a hair loss 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)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


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: Blake

Question: I read about this new product called HairGenesis. Do you rate it for Male Pattern Baldness? I’m looking for a men’s hair loss treatment I can use at home.

Answer: Hi, Blake. We have not used this product, nor are we aware of anyone else who has, but we have looked into this for you.

From what we have seen, HairGenesis does not appear to be a hair loss treatment; it seems to be a food supplement or similar.

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Medication which is designed to treat any health issue is required to be authorised by the individual country’s medical regulatory board, such as the MHRA and FDA in the UK and America. HairGenesis is not MHRA-licensed, nor is it FDA-approved to treat Male Pattern Baldness, nor any other type of hair loss.

We can see from the way in which the product is being marketed how there may be some confusion, but company literature detailing information about the ingredients suggest that this is not a hair loss ‘treatment’ in the truest sense. Furthermore, what we have seen of the clinical trial data is vague.

HairGenesis claims to contain natural 5AR, or DHT, blockers – DHT being the testosterone byproduct which causes thinning hair in cases of genetic hairloss. It is likely this reference is in relation to saw palmetto, an natural ingredient thought to lower DHT levels and which also features in the highly-targeted Belgravia hair supplement, Hair Vitalics for Men.

The product does not contain the only clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved Male Pattern Baldness treatments, the DHT inhibiting tablet finasteride 1mg and the topical hair loss solution, high strength minoxidil. Therefore, it is unlikely to significantly prevent hair loss nor actively promote hair growth on its own.

Overall, whilst HairGenesis claims to have established “the effectiveness of naturally occurring 5AR inhibitors against AGA [androgenetic alopecia] for the first time,” it seems this product is a reasonable mix of herbal preparations that would currently probably be better thought of as a nutritional support, in both its topical and oral forms.

The established forms of pharmaceutical treatments outlined above can be used at home, either individually or in tandem, as well as alongside secondary hair growth supporting products – the category we feel HairGenesis is likely best suited to.

If you would like personalised recommendations based upon your condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, a consultation with a hair loss specialist will provide all of these, as well as answering any further queries you may have.


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

 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

Treatment information


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.

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

Treatment information


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.

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

Treatment information


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.

Hereditary hair loss is essentially decided by a person’s genetics, however, there are many other influential factors involved.

A range of environmental and lifestyle issues are known to exacerbate, or even prematurely trigger, Male Pattern Baldness, in those with the relevant inbuilt susceptibility to the effects of DHT.

Diet can play an important part in the health of our hair, as well as our body in general, with biotin and zinc being two of the most notable vitamins and minerals necessary for the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.

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In November 2018, researchers from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Basra’s College of Pharmacy found that women with Female Pattern Hair Loss had lower levels of zinc and iron; now a study carried out by the Faculty of Medicine at Egypt’s Benha University has discovered that men with genetic hair loss also present with lower nutrient levels – in this case, zinc and biotin.

Concerns regarding zinc and biotin levels

The Egyptian team’s aim was to establish the biotin and zinc levels in those with genetic hair loss in comparison to those without, in order to determine whether it may be beneficial for appropriate food supplements to be recommended alongside clinically-proven male hair loss treatments.

Researchers studied 60 men with Male Pattern Baldness, and 60 men without, who were all matched in terms of age and body mass index. Each had their blood levels checked for serum zinc and biotin amounts.

A positive correlation between serum zinc and serum biotin levels was noted, though the relationship between participants’ age and how long the men had been losing their hair for was considered “nonsignificant”.

A “non-significant relation” was observed between the level of the men’s hair loss and their zinc and biotin levels.

“We recommend future biotin evaluation in serum combined with its metabolites in MAGA [Male Androgenetic Alopecia] patients’ urine,” the paper, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology on 3rd February 2019, states.

Overall, participants in the men’s hair loss group were found to have significantly lower “subnormal” levels of zinc and “suboptimal” levels of biotin compared to those in the control group of men without Male Pattern Hair Loss.

Supplements alongside hair loss treatment

In concluding their research, Benha University study authors state that “adding zinc supplement in MAGA treatment is recommended… Biotin supplement in MAGA treatment may add value to hair quality and texture.”

This is very much in-keeping with the approach Belgravia hair specialists often recommend to men looking for advice on regrowing hair and preventing baldness.

Although biotin and zinc are not in themselves hair loss treatments, they have both been shown to contribute to the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, as has the trace mineral selenium. This is why all three nutrients are included in Belgravia’s exclusive and highly-targeted food supplement Hair Vitalics for Men (as well as the Women’s version).

Whether it be a receding hairline or a thinning crown, men presenting with genetic hairloss are often recommended a customised course comprising the optimum products for their level and pattern of shedding, as well as their medical profile.

The hair loss solutions included within these programmes will generally revolve around either one or both of the only two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications – one oral, one topical. These are generally used alongside the most appropriate selection of hair growth supporting products, such as FDA-cleared low level light therapy devices to stimulate follicles, including the HairMax LaserComb or LaserBand, and Hair Vitalics one-a-day supplements.

Belgravia superintendent pharmacist prescriber and senior hair loss specialist, Christina Chikaher advises, “Biotin and zinc are both substances essential for many reactions and processes in the body, including supporting healthy hair.

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Almonds are a good food source of both biotin and zinc

Neither of them on their own would promote hair growth, but almost certainly a deficiency of either would result in hair loss. If you maintain  a healthy diet, it is very unlikely that you would suffer from a deficiency of either zinc or biotin.

Often, however, our lifestyle prevents us from always eating as we should. Other factors such as illness or stress may also contribute to a deficiency of these vital substances.

At such times we can support our diet by taking carefully considered supplements, bearing in mind that trace elements such as zinc and biotin are only required in small amounts to have a therapeutic effect.”

It is important to remember that food supplements are not intended to replace a balanced diet and if you are concerned that you may be deficient in any nutrients, your doctor should be able to arrange a blood test.

If it is thinning hair that is concerning you, a consultation with a hair loss specialist can provide a professional diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations, as well as the peace of mind that comes from having an expert explain everything to you and answer your questions.


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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It’s no secret that the men in Britain’s Royal Family are prone to Male Pattern Baldness.

Indeed, one look at a family portrait will show that, from Prince Phillip to Prince Charles and both his sons – William and Harry – hair loss is rife throughout their family tree.

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One of a number of popular memes about Prince William’s hair loss

Both the brothers have joked about their thinning hair over the years, with Prince William‘s starting from around 23 years of age. The elder brother and father of three now has extensive baldness in all the areas which can be affected by this hereditary condition – along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown – which he wears well.

Harry seemed to start showing signs of hair loss a little later in life than William. A drop in the volume of his traditionally thick ginger hair became noticeable when he was around 28 years old, followed by general thinning, particularly at the crown.

Since pictures of his rapidly growing thinning crown were published in November 2018, many media outlets have been reporting on how quickly Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has been losing his hair since marrying Meghan Markle in May 2018. The following photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are from 2nd February 2019. Continues below…

Here we look at a number of possible reasons that could account for, or be contributing to, the Prince’s rapid hair loss.

1 Stress

One of the key influencing factors when it comes to accelerating the rate of shedding in cases of Male Pattern Hair Loss is stress. This can be emotional stress as well as physical strain, such as that caused to the body when there is an underlying or additional health issue such as an illness or nutritional deficiency.

Whilst stress in itself can lead to thinning hair and exacerbate genetic balding, it can also lead to increased bad habits which can have further negative effects on the hair. Smoking has established links to hair loss, making hair dry, thin and also potentially turning it prematurely grey.

Prince Harry was a smoker but is believed to have given up before his wedding. As any former smoker knows, though, stressful times can make it easy to slip back into this unhealthy habit.

The numerous Markle family dramas, as played out in the British and American tabloid press, a rumoured rift with his brother William, and the way mixed-race Meghan has been treated by some sections of the UK media, have been cited by many correspondents as causes of intense concern for the newly-married Royal.

Add in the pressure of being part of one of the world’s most well-known families, his international schedule of royal duties and charity work, as well as the anxiety of being an expectant family, and it’s easy to see why Harry may be experiencing stress-related hair loss.

2 Lifestyle changes

Harry is understood to have made a number of positive lifestyle changes both since meeting Meghan Markle and to support her during her pregnancy. These include giving up drinking, less caffeine, eating better with more fruit and vegetables and less meat, as well as exercising regularly and trying out yoga for relaxation.

As long as his new lifestyle changes are moderate and sensible, they are unlikely to have any effect on his hairloss – and certainly not any negative ones.

All of these are highly laudable efforts and should, in theory, help the Duke to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle. Where things may become problematic is if Harry throws himself into things too hard – as he did in his partying days.

Any extremes, particularly over a significant period of time – such as frequently over-exercising, severely restricting calories or nutrients, or anything which causes rapid weight loss – can reflect in the hair. As the body reacts to any sudden changes by diverting its resources away from non-critical functions, such as hair growth, to ensure the critical organs are protected, hair follicles can suffer. In these instances temporary hair loss often ensues, making Male Pattern Baldness worse for at least six months.

3 Stopping hair loss treatment

Another theory is that that the Prince may have stopped using hair loss treatment in order to start a family; Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child in April 2019.

If Prince Harry had been taking finasteride 1mg – one of only two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved male pattern hair loss treatments – he would have had to stop taking this around one week in advance of trying for a baby.

Once hair loss treatment is ceased, the regained hair will start to shed again within around three to six months, then continue to thin. Harry and Meghan married in May 2018, so, if he stopped using treatment after the wedding, the 34 year old could expect his hair loss to become noticeable again by November of that year – the month the photos of his increased hair thinning were published in the media.

Although he has allegedly dallied with different hair loss solutions, from something thought to be high strength minoxidil, to food supplements for hair growth, in the past, whether or not Harry has ever tried used a clinically-proven pharmaceutical approach to his thinning hair remains unconfirmed.

It was previously noted by Royal watchers that Prince Harry’s hair had been looking fuller than usual on and in the run up to his Wedding Day, however, this could have been down to cosmetic products, such as microscopic fibre concealers.

Whatever the reason for the ups and downs of Harry’s hair, how he chooses to deal with going bald is his own personal decision – just as it is for all men affected by this common condition – and we’re sure he will have plenty of advice for where to turn, should he require the advice of dedicated hair loss specialists on the available options.


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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