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 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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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.

When people – women, in particular – lose their hair to extensive Alopecia Areata, one of the decisions they face is whether or not to wear a wig.

Rugby player, Heather Fisher has been vocal in the past about her choice not to wear one, opting to boldy display her bald head. Her hair loss, caused by Alopecia Universalis, means the 34 year old’s body has rejected her hair follicles from head to toe, leaving her entirely hairless.

heather fisher rugby tries wig

Taking nothing away from the courage it takes to make such a statement in an increasingly image-obsessed society, Fisher thought she might fancy a change occasionally – for the warmth if nothing else! She took to social media to share her trying out a custom wig for the first time, and the reasons behind her slight change of heart.

Not trying to hide

In a frank Instagram post Fisher explained that she wasn’t trying out a wig in order to hide, but just to see what it was like, making it clear that whether someone decides to wear a wig or not does not matter – both options are ok.

“…always been almost afraid of a wig because it isn’t real.. and for those of u who know me know I’m true to me.. so on this bases it didn’t feel right to wear one or consider one .. but sometimes it would just be nice to know I can dress up and still be me,” she wrote in the accompanying caption.

After having the wig cut and styled by a hairdresser, the rugby union and sevens star said, “Gonna take some getting used to but love it !”

Opportunity to blend in – or stand out

Fisher is known for her positivity and refreshing honesty in discussing the autoimmune disorder which caused her to start losing her hair aged 25. She has admitted how, even despite her mental toughness, coping with such extensive hair loss has been a real struggle at times.

Although new options for all forms are in development, Alopecia Areata treatment currently tends to only have significant success rates when treating the scalp-only version of the condition.

As such, one of the draws a wig offered the amiable flanker was giving her the ability to blend in, should she choose to.

“I never knew that wearing a wig would bring emotions of anger and frustration but it does .. trust me .. so this stage of having a custom made piece just gives me the opportunity to sometimes blend in!! Although , don’t the best people always stand out…”


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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 Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This Belgravia Centre client has been on treatment for 6 months and is seeing fantastic results so far.

Find out what she had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women 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.

The full results for Yale University’s clinical trial investigating whether topical tofacitinib could prove a safe and effective method of treating mild-to-severe Alopecia Areata were published on 30th January 2019.

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder which causes the body to attack its own hair follicles, leading to anything from rounded patchy bald spots on the scalp to full baldness from head-to-toe. Tofacitinib is a drug from a suite known as Janus Kinase inhibitors – or JAK inhibitors – which are being trialled to address these currently largely untreatable conditions, as they appear to prevent the immune system response against the follicles.

The small-scale trial was first registered with the clinicaltrials.gov website in June 2016, with a summary of its findings being made available in October 2018.

One of the key takeaways from this research is the apparently minimal side effect profile the JAK inhibitor showed during this study. This is something which had been a potential cause for concern given the adverse effects previously associated with the oral form of this medication, currently only authorised for prescription use as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

No serious adverse effects reported

The Yale University research was led by the Ivy League college’s Associate Professor of Dermatology, Dr. Brett King, who is a well-known and respected specialist in the field of autoimmune alopecia.

Of the US-based Phase 2 trial’s 10 participants, 8 were Caucasian and 2 were Asian; 4 were women and 6 were men, all of whom were 18 years of age or older, with a mean age of 36.9 years.

The group’s mean SALT score (the measurement using the Severity of Alopecia Tool) was 77.7 – meaning an average amount of hair loss per volunteer of just over three quarters of the scalp.

The recruits each had extensive Alopecia Areata or one of its more extreme phenotypes which each cause total baldness of the scalp, as well as affecting other hair-bearing areas of the head and/or body – Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.

All ten test subjects were treated for up to six months with topical tofacitinib ointment, and assessed every four weeks.

The efficacy of the medication, for which the dose information was not provided, was evaluated on the changes in hair growth at the end of treatment compared to the individuals’ baseline measurements from just before the study commenced.

Whilst little data is provided, even in this final outcome report, it appears that a mean average of 10 per cent decrease in participants’ SALT score was recorded (where the lower the SALT score corresponded to the more hair growth that occurred) over the six months period. It was also stated that 30 per cent – or three – of the volunteers who responded well to this treatment were then analysed.

Of all the ten patients who took part, it was notable that none reported any serious adverse events over a 12 month period. This includes the six months during which they were using topical tofacitinib and the following six months afterwards when they were not.

The only side effects users complained of were considered mild, with 2 out of 10 experiencing headaches, 4 having an upper respiratory infection, 1 having a sinus infection, 1 developing folliculitis and 4 noting skin irritation of their scalp.

Importance of developing severe Alopecia Areata treatments

Despite research finding that Alopecia Areata is less distressing than Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss is to those affected, it is well established that the sudden hair fall and visible nature of the condition can have traumatic effects. A number of mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, have been shown to be triggered following the onset of these autoimmune diseases.

Although Alopecia Areata treatment can be beneficial for the patchy, scalp only form – which in most cases will clear up naturally within 12 months – the options are far more limited and often less successful when it comes to the more severe phenotypes.

Because of this ‘unmet need’, the American medical regulatory board, the FDA, has granted fast track status to a number of potential therapies for all types of Alopecia Areata, which are all in the latter stages of development.

In a news article on the Yale Medicine website, Dr. King explains the reasons behind his pursuit of JAK inhibitor treatment for Alopecia Areata in all its forms – for both adults and children.

“Some may argue it’s just hair,” he says. “But hair frames the person you see in the mirror. It’s a sign of youth and vitality—of life. Patients have told me that without hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, they feel like ghosts.”

“For us, this is about giving people back normalcy and giving them the opportunity to achieve everything they have the potential to become.”

JAK inhibitors are not currently available for prescription as a hair loss treatment outside of clinical trials, in the UK, USA nor any other country that we are aware of. However, in March 2017 Dr. King estimated JAK inhibitors may be ready for release – assuming the relevant medical authorisations from organisations such as the MHRA and FDA are forthcoming and granted in a timely manner – by 2021.

With a number of trials in the Phase 3 stage already, we would assume that – again, if everything goes to plan – these should be available from 2021-2022, and will publish any new information regarding this timeline here on the Belgravia hair loss blog.


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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Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story
ALERT SUCCESS STORY male pattern hair loss treatment before and after the belgravia centre rds 30 01 2019

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client says the results of his custom treatment course have exceeded his expectations, with his hair now “thicker and fuller”. Read his full review in his Success Story, 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: Sheppard

Question: I have seen reference to ‘follicular miniaturisation’ being the cause of hair loss. Could you tell me more about this please? What is it and who does it affect?

Answer: Hi, Sheppard. Follicular miniaturisation, also known as ‘hair follicle shrinkage’ is a process involved in androgenetic alopecia. This is the genetic condition more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss.

When a person has the relevant genetic disposition, the hair follicles along the top of their scalp, from crown to hairline, will have an inherited sensitivity to a hormone by-product, called dihydrotestosterone. This testosterone-derivative, which is largely futile after puberty, is perhaps more widely known as DHT.

DHT binds to the healthy ‘terminal’ hair follicles in the susceptible areas, gradually weakening them. This causes them to produce increasingly thinning hair, and/or a receding hairline, as well as slowing down hair growth until they are no longer capable of normal hair production.

These DHT-induced effects on genetically sensitive hair follicles make up the process known as follicular miniaturisation.

Diagram of Follicular Miniaturisation hair follicel shrinkage from genetic hair loss male pattern baldness
A quick visual overview of the Follicular Miniaturisation process which precedes shedding from genetic hair loss and can lead to eventual baldness

This hormone-influenced follicular shrinkage occurs in both genetically predisposed men and women, however, the end result – without any intervention – tends to differ in each.

Men usually develop defined areas of hair loss, focused on the hairline, a thinning crown, or along the top of the scalp, and the shedding may result in total baldness in any – or all – of these regions.

In contrast, women rarely go bald from genetic hairloss. Rather they can develop severe hair thinning which is spread along the top of the scalp and temple areas, rather than being confined to specific areas.

There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments which are authorised by both the UK’s MHRA and the FDA in the USA. When used individually or – as is often recommended for medically-suitable men – together, these can help to stabilise this kind of shedding and promote hair growth.

When used on an on-going basis to address this permanent hair loss condition, this approach can also be helpful in preventing baldness.

If you are concerned about losing your hair or have noticed a drop in volume, a consultation with a hair specialist should prove useful. This can provide you with a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised recommendations for a tailored hair regimen involving the most appropriate treatments and supplementary hair growth supporting products, based on your condition, pattern of shedding and medical profile.


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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 in his review, plus 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: Pat

Question: I’m still losing my hair even though I take Loniten oral minoxidil 5mg every day which I order online. What can I do to stop the hair loss and hopefully grow back some of the hair I’ve lost? I have MPB and am a Norwood 3.

Answer: Hi, Pat. You don’t mention whereabouts you are based but, whilst minoxidil is one of the only two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments to be both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, it is only authorised for use topically in this regard.

Oral minoxidil is not an authorised hair loss medication in the UK, nor the USA. However, low dose oral therapy is sometimes recommended to patients who fail to respond to topically administered high strength minoxidil as a novel treatment under the guidance of medical professionals.

In such instances the dosage is generally set at 0.625mg per day – substantially lower than the amount you say you are taking.

Even then, at this low dose, it is still not suitable for some people, including those with heart or kidney problems, phaeochromocytoma or acute porphyria. Additionally oral minoxidil is unsuitable for use by men trying to start a family; this is not the case with topical formulations.

Even when taking such low-dose oral therapy, there are a number of lifestyle elements to be wary of, which are usually monitored by the medical team prescribing the drugs. These include minimising alcohol consumption to avoid significant lowering of blood pressure, monitoring caffeine consumption as high amounts from drinks or certain cold or flu medications may increase the risk of a rapid heart rate or palpitations.

Official prescription Loniten users are monitored during their usage, with pulse and blood pressure readings being regularly taken.

Topical minoxidil was developed as a superior hairloss treatment to oral minoxidil, which was discovered when used to treat high blood pressure where it was seen to encourage hair growth as a side effect in patients.

By administering the drug directly to the scalp it is absorbed precisely where it is needed, rather than entering the blood stream via the digestive system, then circulating in the hope of reaching the genetically-sensitive follicles along the top of the scalp. It also reduces the side effect profile of the drug.

We must caution that buying any medication or hair loss treatments online carries a number of risks, especially when self-medicating without proper professional assessment and guidance. Treatments for any condition should only ever be prescribed based upon an expert diagnosis that takes into account your full medical history.

Furthermore, as the MHRA has repeatedly warned, buying medications online is an especially risky business. The drugs could be counterfeit, out of date and repackaged, or stolen.

The consequences of taking medication that is not what it purports to be, and where it has not been prescribed and sold for a specific person and purpose by a reputable vendor – where treatment is first checked for contraindications against any existing medication or supplements being taken, or any existing health issues, including a family history of certain concerns – can have extremely serious consequences.

We cannot recommend strongly enough that you have consultations with experts, whether a hair loss specialist or dermatologist, to garner specialised advice, a confirmed diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations. It could be that your treatment is not working because it is not what it says it is, or that it is simply unsuitable for your level of hair loss which these consultations would help you to establish.

It is also worthwhile discussing your plans with a doctor such as your GP before ordering prescription medication online. As you do not have the on-going support of a dedicated treatment advisor, take every precaution possible to ensure what you are taking is genuine and as suitable and safe for you as possible.


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.

Football players and cricketers are perhaps the most high profile sports stars that come to mind when it comes to hair transplant surgery.

Now, former All Blacks rugby player Israel Dagg joins the ranks of Wayne Rooney and Shane Warne after going public with the results of his own hair restoration.

Two thousand grafts in eight hours

Thirty-year old Dagg opened up about his hair loss, discussing the “big procedure” he underwent in 2018, during an interview broadcast on New Zealand’s The Hits radio station.

The Crusaders fullback admitted to the radio show hosts that he had “had some hair treatment done”, before explaining his experience of the hair transplant process.

“They take little hair follicles from the back of your head, replant them into your head, and then it takes

like seven months for it to grow,” he advised.

Israel Dagg Hair Transplant

The procedure lasted for eight hours and involved a total of 2,000 hair follicles being harvested from his donor area and replanted into areas of thinning hair.

The reason donor hairs – those follicles which are taken and moved to thinner areas – are taken from the back of the head, or the sides, is that hereditary hair loss only affects the top of the scalp, from crown to hairline.

For people with Male Pattern Hair Loss, follicles in this susceptible area have a genetic sensitivity to a substance known as DHT, which causes the gradual thinning, receding and eventual balding associated with this common condition.

The hair follicles located beneath this area, around the back and sides of the scalp are immune to DHT’s effects. As such, once they are surgically removed and grafted into areas of the scalp traditionally susceptible to DHT, they are able to grow hair normally due to this immunity.

As Dagg puts it, “it’s normal hair, it just grows – it’s going to grow forever”.

Hair transplant aftercare

One crucial element of post-hair transplant care which Israel Dagg does not mention in his interview is the on-going role that hair loss treatment plays.

Original follicles in the whole vertex area remain susceptible to DHT.

This binds to them, slowly causing them to produce increasingly thinner hair through a process known as follicular miniaturisation, which also slows down hair growth.

This does not affect transplanted follicles but the original ones are still subject to this process.

As such, the hairs surrounding these grafts may continue to thin over time unless preventative steps are taken.

This is why many surgeons and hair loss specialists recommend using clinically-proven medications for preventing baldness and the unnatural results that shedding around the grafts may cause.

For anyone experiencing unusual levels of shedding or a drop in the normal volume of their hair, whether they are considering surgical intervention or not – after all, it is not necessary in many cases of men’s hair loss – a consultation with a specialist can provide not only a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised treatment recommendations – it can also provide peace of mind.


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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