If you’ve just noticed that you’re suffering hair loss due to Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic hair loss) or another condition, rest assured that you are not alone.
Though hair loss is sometimes stigmatised in a society where flawlessly flowing locks or a well-groomed coiffure are seen as the epitomy of beauty, it is in fact remarkably common, and far from unusual. Many people will suffer from hair loss and balding at some point in their life, with the most likely cause being genetic.
Genetic roots of hair loss
This hereditary hair loss is referred to as Male Pattern Baldness in men, and Female Pattern Hair Loss in women. In both cases, it has been estimated that roughly half of the general population are likely to experience hereditary hair loss by the time they reach 50. In men, this figure climbs to 80% by the age of 80.
Genetic hair loss can be inherited from either your mother or father’s side of the family, and can also ‘skip’ generations, so you may have to look further back along your family tree for predictors of the likely extent of your hair loss if left untreated.
Because it is genetic, Male Pattern Baldness and its female counterpart are not going to become any less common any time soon (sci-fi-esque genetic modification notwithstanding).
The reason that certain individuals are susceptible to this kind of hair loss and others aren’t is that sufferers carry specific genes which make their hair follicles react to the presence of the chemical dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a natural derivative of the male hormone testosterone. This DHT causes the follicles to shrink, and so the corresponding hair shafts also shrink, to the point that they become very hard to see.
Common, but treatable
In addition to being quite common, genetic hair loss has been with us since the dawn of history, and undoubtedly long before that. But while it may be common, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to stop and even reverse your hair loss if you so wish.
At the Belgravia Centre, hair re-growth is almost as common a sight as hair loss (check out our patient success stories on our site to see just what we mean). We use a variety of methods to treat hair loss in both men and women.
One of these is Propecia (for men only), a pharmaceutical treatment which reduces the amount of DHT in the body, so diminishing its effect on the follicles. Another treatment we use is Minoxidil, which has been found to increase the blood flow to the follicles. Both of these treatments have been scientifically proven to be effective in reversing genetic hair loss.
We use these hair loss treatments, both of which have been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), in conjunction with other hair growth boosters as part of a personally tailored treatment programme to ameliorate your hair loss.
To find out more, contact us to arrange a free consultation at our London clinic. Or, if you’re not within travelling distance, fill in our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment course which can be delivered globally.