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‘How Can I Treat Thinning Hair at Age 60?’

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Name: Christine

Question: I am 60 years of age and have general hair thinning and recently losing more hair when I wash my hair. What would you recommend and are there any side effects of the product used. Thank you

Female Pattern Hair Loss ConsultationAnswer: Hi, Christine. Many women experience thinning hair as they get older and there can be many reasons for this, most notably female pattern hair loss.

At Belgravia our specialists use personalised hair loss treatment plans designed around topical applications of high strength minoxidil to prevent shedding and help regrow hair. This is suitable for women up to 70 years of age.

Minoxidil is a clinically-proven treatment for genetic hair loss in both men and women and can be used alongside a range of hair growth boosters to improve the condition of the hair and assist the action of the medication.  It has a low incident rate when it comes to side effects and the most common issues – such as dry skin or a flaky scalp around the areas where the minoxidil is applied – can generally be easily dealt with by simply speaking to your dedicated treament advisor who can work with one of our team of hair loss specialist nurses and clinical therapists to provide a solution. However, as with any medications, if you have any concerns about side effects please do notify your treatment advisor straight away.

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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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18th May, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Sharon A

I have read that minoxidil has to be used continuously for the remainder of ones life to retain any hair growth and that it has an aging affect on the face. Is this correct

19th May, 2016 at 9:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sharon, this depends on the hair loss condition - for thinning hair from genetic hair loss then yes, the treatment is on-going as the condition is permanent. For temporary conditions such as telogen effluvium or diffuse thinning, and also in many cases of alopecia areata, once the hair has regrown treatment may be stopped. Minoxidil should only be applied directly where it is needed on the scalp. There are no new studies available into whether minoxidil causes signs of skin ageing, however, there was a report published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2004 which said that, whilst it may be possible for the production of collagen - one of the proteins that helps the skin to retain elasticity - to be affected by minoxidil, it is in no way a common occurrence.

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