The most common hair loss condition is Androgenic Alopecia. Affecting many men and a smaller number of women, Androgenic Alopecia is caused by a hormone known as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Despite the prevalence of Androgenic Alopecia, there is also a range of other, less common hair loss disorders which still affect many people around the world.
Diffuse Hair Loss
Diffuse Hair Loss is where the hair thins as a result of some wider internal factors, other than the genetic causes that underpin Androgenic Alopecia (hair loss due to DHT). The rate of hair loss is increased across the entire scalp, and in such cases, a detailed medical history needs to be taken in order to isolate underlying causes. Poor diet, thyroid problems and hormonal imbalances can all lead to diffuse hair loss. Diffuse hair loss is a condition most common amongst women.
Trichotillomania is based on an obsession with the hair – people with the condition will pull out their own strands, by twisting, tugging or pulling at them. This manipulation of the hair can cause bald patches or areas of thinning on the scalp. Individuals with trichotillomania select hair for pulling based on its feel, often choosing particularly rough or curly hairs. Trichotillomania is usually treatable, although many years of prolonged pulling can lead to irreversible damage – at The Belgravia Centre, we can treat the hair loss caused with medication, depending on the severity of the existing damage. However, the condition is seen as psychological, and treatment will often also need to involve therapy to tackle the underlying issue.
Pseudopelade is another less common hair loss condition, and is sometimes referred to as Alopecia Cicatrisata. It causes patches of well defined hair loss, which can deteriorate to near total hair loss across the scalp in some people. Pseudopelade primarily affects women and children – for every male affected, there are three women with the condition. Pseudopelade is a poorly defined condition and is often confused with other forms of hair loss, such as those caused by Lichen Planopilaris or Lupus Erythematosus – making diagnosis difficult. However, irregularly shaped patches of alopecia and inflamation are usual indicators of Pseudopelade, and a skin biopsy can help to form a more accurate assessment of the situation. The Belgravia Centre cannot treat Pseudopelade, and advise anyone with the condition to consult with their GP for further support and advice.
The good news
The Belgravia Centre successfully treats patients who experience a wide variety of conditions on a regular basis; including some of these less common examples. Our hair loss experts are able to assess your symptoms and combat them effectively using bespoke treatment plans, designed with your specific needs in mind. So don’t hesitate – get in touch today! Give us a call on 0800 077 6666, or contact us online. If you can’t come into the clinic, you can fill in our online diagnostic form for a home use treatment programme that we can post to you anywhere in the world.