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Name: Jan

Question: I’ve had an itchy, flaky scalp for a while that’s been really bad for about three months now. My whole scalp itches and I get loads of dandruff on my clothes and furniture as well as small white scaly looking patches on my scalp which is a bit red. Is this something I should be worried about? How can I stop the itching and get rid of the dandruff flakes?

Answer: Hi Jan, we would to assess your scalp to provide a confirmed diagnosis, however, this sounds likely to be seborrhoeic dermatitis (sebderm).

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An example of seborrhoeic dermatitis

Sebderm can cause the precise symptoms you describe and is a common scalp conditioncaused by an overgrowth of Malassezia – a type of yeast which lives on our skin – or by our immune system over-reacting to this.

It tends to appear on oilier areas of the skin, commonly including the scalp and areas where there are folds in the skin, such as either side of the nose and/or behind the ears.

Stress, tirednessand cold weather can trigger or exacerbate this condition, so the timing of your current flare up may be due to any of these factors.

Dandruff is actually a type of mild sebderm so, depending on how severe your condition is, you could try a medicated shampoo as your first port of call. Ideally look for a formulation containing a tar ingredient, ketoconazole or salicylic acid.

Try to wash your hair every day but use this cleanser in accordance with the product directions as most good quality medicated treatment shampoos are not suitable for every day use.

If this approach does not work for you, there are other options, including the short-term use of topical steroid solutions, such as corticosteroids, or the anti-fungal, betamethasone. Again, this should be used as instructed by your doctor or dermatologist but is often recommended in severe cases of sebderm for twice daily use, then twice-weekly use to sustain improvements once the condition is better under control.

Your medical professional should oversee this usage of prescription treatments – which can be used in conjunction with medicated shampoo unless you are advised otherwise – as there are a number of potential side effects linked to their long-term or over-use. These can include thinning skin and skin discolouration.

At Belgravia patients who visit us for hair loss treatment but also present with scalp conditions such as seborrhoeic dermatitis are often provided a scalp de-scaling lotion to use at home. This is also available to non-patients and its purchase can be arranged by contacting the centre or visiting one of our Central London hair loss clinics in person.

Whilst clients can have these scalp conditions addressed during clinical therapy sessions, with a bespoke mix of treatments and therapies used for their specific issues, a version of one aspect can also be carried out at home.

Scalp steaming can be beneficial once the scalp descaling solution has been applied. If you do not have a portable home-use hair steamer, a simple alternative is to dampen a small towel and microwave it for a short time until it is as warm as possible, but not hot enough to scald you. After applying the scalp solution you can wrap the towel around your head for 15 minutes to half an hour to maximise the scalp’s ability to absorb the treatment. Be sure to wrap a separate towel around your shoulders to catch any moisture.

If you start to notice any issues with hair loss due to the repeated scalp scratching and occasional hair pulling that can affect people with sebderm, a specialist will be happy to assess and diagnose you, then discuss options for treatment, where appropriate.


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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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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 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) has launched a campaign to warn people of the dangers associated with getting a ‘black market’ hair transplant.

In a shocking press statement from March 2019, the industry body advised that 77.5 per cent of its members – qualified hair restoration surgeons – have seen an increase in the number of people coming to them for help after ‘botched’ procedures.

The reason for the number of poor results has been put squarely at the door of illegal hair transplant clinics, and poorly trained – or completely unqualified – non-medical practitioners carrying out these highly skilled procedures.

The ISHRS reports that, due to the demand for hair transplants, often cheap ones carried out abroad, and unscrupulous attempts to cash in on people’s hair loss concerns, they have even heard of instances where the operation has been carried out by a taxi driver.

Disfiguring results, scarring and infections

ISHRS members reported cases where post-op patients of these dubious ‘clinics’, presented to them with scarring and infections, over-harvesting – where too much donor hair has been removed, leaving the area bald with little hope of there being enough to use for any corrective procedures – and infections.

Additionally, poor results such as “disfiguring” unnatural looking hairlines and follicles being placed so that grafted hair grows in the wrong direction, were obvious.

Another issue the medical association feels potential customers, particularly those seeking a hair transplant abroad and looking into medical tourism, should be aware of is inaccurate graft counts.

The cost of hair transplants tends to be worked out based on the number of grafts, which is essentially a per-hair price. The ISHRS advised that patients have been booked in – and charged for – a specific number of grafts, but in reality have received around half that amount.

When having medical procedures in a foreign country, whilst their marketing may be sophisticated, including online reviews which cannot be easily verified by the viewer, the reality can often include poor-to-no aftercare and language barriers, making it hard to address any concerns or pursue recourse.

This is, of course, in addition to any issues with the conditions of the clinic and its equipment, not to mention ensuring the staff carrying out your operation are properly, medically trained and have the relevant skills and qualifications.

One way to avoid falling into the black market hair transplant trap is to check the ISHRS website – ishrs.org – to verify credentials for a specific clinic and/or surgeon, before going ahead.

“This is a serious crisis for anyone seeking help for hair loss, which is why the ISHRS is working diligently to educate patients about these dangers. We have many competent doctors in the ISHRS operating in the medical tourism industry who have signed a commitment that the Doctor does the surgery and have attended educational meetings regularly to assure the hair restoration surgery in the end makes you happy and not one you will regret for a lifetime,” says Ricardo Mejia, MD, chair of the ISHRS Committee on Issues Pertaining to the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine.

Non-surgical alternatives

Unethical hair restoration practitioners are unlikely to provide unbiased advice when it comes to dealing with hairloss.

It is likely a hair transplant is neither necessary nor appropriate for certain levels of Male Pattern Baldness, or for men who are under 30 years old.

Where there is a drop in hair density and thinning hair or a receding hairline but the hair is still present – the scalp has not yet taken on the smooth, shiny look associated with going bald – non-surgical hair loss treatment is generally the first step to consider.

Many top surgeons advise men considering hair replacement surgery to first follow a course of clinically-proven hair treatments – high strength minoxidil and/or finasteride 1mg – for a minimum of 6 to 12 months.

Doing so will give the candidate an idea of what can be achieved without surgery but, should they still decide to go ahead with the op, they will have maximised their hair growth and stabilised hair fall in preparation for the procedure. This is likely to lead to better results as it gives the surgeon more to work with, as well as a cleaner area with less shedding to deal with.

For those who have a hair transplant, aftercare is critical in maintaining the results obtained, which should become fully realised around 12 months post-op. Continuing to follow this type of pharmaceutical hair loss treatment programme, with additional hair growth supporting products where desired, plays a big role in preventing baldness around the grafts.

When choosing a surgical practitioner or hair loss specialist, it is vital to not only do your research, but to meet with a number of different businesses in order to make an informed decision.

Dealing with hairloss can be a tough and emotional ordeal so, once you know they are properly qualified and equipped to meet your needs, go with the professionals you feel most comfortable dealing with and will be comfortable about reaching out to for help, should you need it.


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 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: Patrick

Question: I use minoxidil from the chemist. I want to know if it is effective in the long-term for treating male pattern baldness. thanks.

Answer: Hi, Patrick. As you are not a Belgravia client, we would advise you to speak to your minoxidil provider for advice concerning the specific formulation and product you are using. However, we can give you some general advice to help answer your query in the meantime.

Male Pattern Baldness requires on-going management as it is a permanent condition for which there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments but – as yet – no cure. Topical minoxidil is one of only two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications for this particular condition, the other being the one-a-day tablet,finasteride 1mg.

As you may know, there may be some shedding when first starting minoxidil, but once this has stabilised, generally there should be signs of progress within the first three to six months, though for some men with more extensive hair loss it may take up to 12 months. After results are achieved, the maintenance phase of treatment follows.

Many of our male – and female – patients with genetic hair loss have been using high strength minoxidil for many years and manage to maintain the regrowth results they initially achieve, alongside a stable hair density. Continues below…

Example of Long Term Hair Loss Treatment Use for Male Pattern Baldness - The Belgravia Centre Hair Clinic
An Example of a Belgravia Client Who Has Been Using Hair Loss Treatment Use for Male Pattern Baldness for over 22 Months. Click to View More Success Stories (Results May Vary and Are Not Guaranteed)

A November 1987 clinical trial into the long-term efficacy of minoxidil for Male Pattern Baldness investigated the results of using regular strengths of the topical medication (2% or 3% with a placebo control) over a 30 month period.

Researchers found that “Hair regrowth (as measured by hair counts and bald-area diameters) was noted in all treatment groups at four months, and appeared to peak at approximately 12 months. At 30 months, mean hair counts had decreased from the 12-month level, but remained elevated over baseline counts, while mean bald-area diameters returned to baseline. However, 70% of the patients who did continue to use the drug for 30 months had 50% or more hairs than when they originally started the drug therapy. A subset of patients appeared to sustain a continued increase in hair counts after 12 months.

Although everyone responds differently and some men may see some deterioration in the long-term, this doesn’t necessarily mean minoxidil doesn’t work; it may just be slowing down or delaying the hair loss process for them, instead of stabilising it.

Also, continued shedding whilst using minoxidil may be due to one (or more) of the many variables that can influence hairloss.

For example, incorrect or inconsistent use of treatment often negatively influences results. If the hair loss becomes so advanced that the follicles become incapable of regrowing hair, treatment will become futile.

Furthermore, issues including excessive stress – physical or emotional, dietary deficiencies, certain medical conditions and medications can also exacerbate shedding in the short or long-term.

This is one of the reasons Belgravia patients often express their satisfaction at having a dedicated hair loss specialist and treatment advisor to call upon when health or lifestyle issues, which may be interfering with their treatment courses, arise. Their professional advice and, where necessary, tweaks to the treatments and/or hair growth supporting products used, as well as their support during these worrying episodes, can be extremely reassuring.

I would say, the majority of Belgravia’s long-term patients do maintain a stable hair density, and that monitoring them regularly, as well as advising them promptly if there is any issue, makes a huge difference in this regard.


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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Chronic Telogen Effluvium Treatment


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics LondonThe 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 superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has invested in a hair transplant clinic in Spain.

When the deal was announced, many European media outlets questioned if it was a a ‘try before you buy’ scenario and whether Cristiano Ronaldo has had a hair transplant himself.

After all, at 34 years of age, the Portugal captain is in a prime period for developing Male Pattern Baldness should he have the relevant genetic predisposition.

Did Cristiano Ronaldo have a hair transplant?

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The Juventus forward did not answer the question head-on, but rather stated, “Everyone likes to take care of their image and I am a very clear example of this.” He also added, “When I think it’s necessary, of course, I’ll do it. One’s image is an essential tool for being successful. For me, it’s fundamental.”

Having maintained an impressive, seemingly thick head of jet black hair with a strong hairline throughout his career, many online hair loss forum users have debated whether the highest European international goalscorer of all-time has been taking steps towards preventing baldness.

There are two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatments which are both permitted for professional footballers to use, and do not involve taking a surgical approach.

These are the one-a-day DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg, and topical solutions of high strength minoxidil. They inhibit the hormone which causes thinning hair and, often, eventual baldness in affected men, and promote accelerated hair regrowth, respectively.

In addition to these medications, additional hair growth supporting products such as FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices – the home-use LaserComb or LaserBand, for example – and highly-targeted food supplements, like Hair Vitalics for Men, can be used. These can form part of a tailored, fully-rounded approach to preventing hair loss, optimising the hair’s condition and helping men to avoid hair transplant surgery.

It may be the case that the player has been using treatments such as these, or boosting his natural hair density with microscopic hair fibres – as his footballing friends David Beckham and Wayne Rooney are rumoured to – but he has neither confirmed nor denied this on-going speculation.

Improve self-esteem

Ronaldo – who has previously let slip his knowledge of hair restoration surgery when joking about changes in former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Diego Lopez’s receding hairline – says he wants to help people experiencing hair loss to improve their self-esteem.

“Alopecia is a very big problem in Europe and around the world and we want to help people improve their self-esteem and not be ashamed to come to us,” the former Manchester United star said at the clinic’s opening.

Hair loss is known to cause a drop in people’s self-confidence so this sentiment is laudable, but Ronaldo’s use of the term ‘alopecia’ appears – not for the first time – to have confused some journalists.

The word ‘alopecia’ simply means ‘hair loss’ but does not specify a particular hair loss condition; reporters in publications including Goal.com have confused this with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disorder which causes varying amounts of sudden hair fall. It can result in rounded bald spots on the scalp only, all the way through to complete baldness from head to toe.

What tends to be meant in reports such as this, and without doubt in the case of Ronaldo’s statement given hair transplants are not suitable treatment for Alopecia Areata, is Androgenetic Alopecia, which is the medical term for Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss. Both these hereditary conditions involve permanent, progressive hair thinning affected the area along the top of the scalp from hairline and temples to crown, only.

Hopefully, despite the apparent mix-up by reporters, anyone worried about losing their hair should still feel comforted by the footballer’s words which may help to further remove the perceived stigma surrounding dealing with hair loss, even if it doesn’t involve surgery.


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 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: Ed

Question: Why is my hair falling out NOW after using Rogaine for over a year?

Answer: Hi, Ed. It is difficult to answer your question without any information about your hair loss or medical history, given you are not a Belgravia client.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Trichocheck Consultation Assessment

There are a number of different hair loss conditions and many possible reasons for hair shedding. As such, firstly, we advise you have a consultation with a specialist to obtain a professional diagnosis. From there you can also see if Regaine – the UK name for Rogaine, a brand of over-the-counter minoxidil – is an appropriate treatment, given this is only recommended for certain levels of Male Pattern Baldness.

Secondly, once you have been recommended a personalised course of appropriate hair loss treatment, you need to make sure that you use it correctly in order to see optimal results. Irregular or incorrect use of your medication can cause changes in the hair growth cycle and result in increased shedding.

Additionally, there are other factors that can influence your treatment and trigger periods of increased hair fall. These include stress, dietary deficiencies, certain medical conditions and prescription medications.

Sometimes this hairloss can be temporary and caused by normal changes to the natural hair cycle or seasonal shedding. The hair grows in stages and constantly replaces itself. It is usual to lose 100-150 hairs every day; these are then replaced by new hairs.

Occasionally, you may lose slightly more hair strands daily which may feel like you have more thinning hair for a short period, but this could just be part of the normal hair cycle and the lost hair can still be replaced by new hair, it may simply be taking a little longer than usual to grow through.

If the hair fall is coming from the top of your scalp, this most likely indicates genetic hair loss given this only affects follicles located from hairline to crown. If, however, you are losing hair from all over your scalp, this tends to indicate a temporary issue, such as Telogen Effluvium, for example.

Hopefully this information helps to put your mind at rest as to the potential possibilities that could be causing you to lose more hair than normal at present; for further reassurance and tailored treatment advice – including assessing whether Regaine is the optimum hair loss solution for you – as before, we do recommend a consultation with a hair specialist.

This can take place in person at a dedicated hair loss clinic, or online, using a consultation form with photo-upload capabilities to assist with providing an accurate diagnosis of your condition.


Circ - Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Clinics LondonThe 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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(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

VIEW SUCCESS STORY

Treatment information


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.