Hair Loss is a concern for more than 50 per cent of people at some point in their life. It’s usually caused by genetics. If you’re worried about losing your hair then this information will provide you with everything you need to know about what you can do.
It’s very difficult for people with thinning hair to know which products are likely to work and which aren’t because there are so many advertised hair loss products out there and unfortunately, a manufacturer can say whatever they want about a product online because there aren’t yet many strict regulations for the internet.
The MHRA and FDA are medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively, who review the efficacy of medications and provide a marketing license if a product is proven to be effective to its stated cause whilst ensuring safety. It takes large-scale intensive clinical trials to convince the MHRA or FDA that a product is effective enough to be licensed and this is the only way you can be sure whether a product is likely to work.
Although you hear of many products and treatments claiming to prevent and reverse hair loss, there are only two that are clinically proven to do so. Minoxidil and Propecia are the only medicines that have been licensed in the UK and USA to treat hair loss. No other products in the UK are authorised to make claims for hair loss prevention so if you find one that does, they are effectively breaking the rules.
Many hair loss centres do not offer the licensed treatments because they do not have the medical facilities to enable them to do so. Because The Belgravia Centre is home to the only dedicated hair loss pharmacies in the UK and employs full-time pharmacists and doctors, they are able to prescribe and supply treatment courses based around the treatments that are proven to work.
Clinically Proven Treatments
Propecia is one of the brand names for the medication finasteride 1mg, a daily pill which works to prevent the formation of Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, within the body. DHT is a product found in the body that attacks hair follicles and causes them to shrink and eventually stop producing visible hair so blocking it from being produced prevents this process and therefore helps to stop the hair falling out. Finasteride 1mg can only be used by men, but there are alternatives for women.
Minoxidil is suitable for both men and women and works in a different way to finasteride 1mg– it’s a vasodilator, which means it increases blood circulation to the areas of application. So applied to the scalp once or twice a day, like finasteride, minoxidil can help prevent and reverse hair loss in most cases.
The Belgravia Centre offers a range of high strength minoxidil products and formulations which can be used alone, or combined with other medications or hair growth boosters to help both men and women to achieve results.
Hair Growth Boosters
There are a number of hair growth boosters that complement the proven treatments in order to boost the effectiveness of a hair loss treatment programme.
The HairMax LaserComb is a hand-held personal device that emits low-power laser light. Like Propecia and minoxidil, the LaserComb has been acknowledged by the FDA for its effectiveness. The LaserComb is FDA cleared, which means they have reviewed clinical trials carried out and concluded that the LaserComb is effective and safe for the prevention of hair loss. The LaserComb is offered free with most treatment courses.
And although there is no firm evidence to indicate that any hair loss supplement can individually aid in the prevention of hair loss, it may be useful to use one alongside the proven treatments in order to maximise results and target hair loss from every angle. Hair Vitalics is an example of a hair supplement that contains numerous ingredients that can help to maintain and improve the condition of the hair and help give hair growth that extra push.
Where’s the Evidence?
Belgravia’s specialists have treated thousands of hair loss sufferers and for many years have combined licensed medicines and tailored treatment courses to meet each individual’s specific needs.
The treatment combinations that Belgravia offers regrow hair for most people who use them – you can see many examples by browsing our extensive hair loss treatment success stories that show just the kind of results so many of our clients see and detail the length of time it took for each person to see them.
The 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.