It is estimated that 8 million women in the UK suffer from some form of serious hair loss. Hair loss can be highly traumatic for a woman by making such a marked contrast to her appearance. A study by Hairline International, a support group for hair loss sufferers, found that over 60% of women with hair loss have considered suicide and nearly all feel it is an assault on their femininity. The research also showed that 40% of females have experienced problems in relationships and 63% reported work-related issues.
There are several types of hair loss that can affect women, some are temporary and some permanent.
Telogen Effluvium is a general shedding and thinning of the hair that occurs two to three months after a shock to the system which can be caused by childbirth, rapid weight loss, an illness, severe stress or taking medication. While this condition is usually temporary, with the hair growth returning to normal after 6 months, for some women it can trigger genetic hair loss.
Female Pattern Hair Loss is caused by the genes. Rising levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) lead to the hair follicles being inhibited which slows hair growth resulting in a thinning of the hair on the top area of the head. Some women may go bald. The condition often starts when a woman is in her 30s, with the thinning becoming noticeable in her 40s. The menopause can exacerbate the condition.
Diffuse Thinning is caused by internal factors other than genetics, for example, thyroid problems, blood disorder or a nutritional deficiency. It can also be a result of severe stress.
Alopecia Areata is sudden patchy hair loss that is caused by an immune disorder. It affects 1 in 100 people, including teenagers and young adults. There is a genetic link in about 20% of cases. For some the hair will regrow on its own while for others it will be permanent if left untreated and possibly progress to Alopecia Totalis (total loss of scalp hair) or Alopecia Universalis (total loss of scalp and body hair)
Treatment for Hair Loss
It is possible to treat Telogen Effluvium, Female Pattern Hair Loss, Diffuse Thinning and mild or early stage Alopecia Areata. Minoxidil is the only treatment that has been shown in clinical trials to be effective at combating hair loss in women. It can be prepared in different strengths and formulas to suit various types and stages of hair loss. When combined with the correct hair growth booster, a prescriptive Minoxidil treatment will bring about optimum regrowth.
The first step to knowing which treatment is required is to get an accurate diagnosis. The Belgravia Centre has a team of highly qualified experts who can assess the condition and prescribe a treatment course suited to the individual. For more information and to book a free consultation, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, just complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website and a mail order treatment service.