Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, is a somatoform disorder, or a chronic mental illness characterised by a preoccupation of a perceived flaw in one’s appearance. It can affect both men and women, and a recent study indicated that 56% of people with BDD cited hair loss as the issue.
In turn, this perceived flaw and subsequent poor body image can go hand in hand with lower self esteem, which can cause depression and anxiety. BDD usually doesn’t get better by itself, and if untreated can get worse over time. Those who are suffering from BDD are advised to address the psychological issues at hand, and your doctor will be able to refer you to a psychotherapist or similar medical professional.
Along with therapy, treatment can include certain antidepressant medications, called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Therapy is then able to address the self-esteem issues that form the basis of your BDD, hopefully correcting false beliefs about the perceived defect and combating compulsive behaviours.
If you decide after treating your BDD that you would also like to address your hair loss, a hair transplant can often seem like a big commitment. On this basis, it is always worth establishing whether your hair loss is medically treatable: many people are often surprised to find that as long as the area is not completely shiny and bald, hair loss can be halted and hair even regrown with a hair loss treatment plan.
Male pattern hair loss, which affects 95% of men dealing with hair loss generally, can be treated with a hair loss treatment plan that contains medication that has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, the UK and US medical regulatory bodies.
There are two such medications available. The first, Propecia, is an oral tablet that works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that causes pattern hair loss in those with a genetic predisposition. Blocking DHT halts the process of follicular shrinkage atop the scalp.
And Treating the Hair Loss
Hair loss in women can be treated with minoxidil, a topical treatment that is also available to men, which stimulates new hair growth. Available in a variety of formulations including Belgravia’ unique high strength minoxidil cream for particularly stubborn hair loss, especially in the form of a receding hairline, a hair loss specialist is able to recommend the ideal daily dosage for each individual patient.
The above medications combined with a variety of treatment boosters form truly bespoke treatment packages for our patients. We also recognise how difficult hair loss can be for many of our patients, and as such endeavour to provide as much support as possible. We support our patients both at our London clinics in the form of regular clinical check-ups to chart progress and address any concerns, and over the phone or via email, where we can be reached seven days a week.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.