The demand for hair restoration is on the rise and specialists caution against self-diagnosis, recommending each person receives a professional examination to determine which treatment will be most suited to and provide the best results for them.
Hair loss is a cosmetic inconvenience for many and can sometimes indicate more serious health concerns, says The Belgravia Centre’s hair and scalp specialist, Leonora Doclis.
“Self-prescribing, as many people do, can be a waste of time and money on ineffective products, and at times it can be dangerous,” Doclis said. “Our hair can act as a warning signal to notify us of something wrong inside the body and any disruption in hair growth patterns should be investigated by a medical professional.”
Depending on the type of hair loss, it may reverse and correct itself in time or it may get progressively worse, which is why a specialist needs to consider a number of factors when formulating an individualised programme that incorporates the most effective hair loss treatments.
“Medical history is important so we can assess the suitability of the person with the medication that we are about to recommend. Scalp health is important as certain scalp maladies can prevent the person from applying topical treatment. And lifestyle factors need to be considered,” Doclis said. “Some people are too busy for certain products, so I would tailor the treatment so the client will find it easy to sustain.”
Hair loss affects approximately 80% of men and 40% of women, but the nature and cause varies, which in turn affects the treatment recommendations.
“Some hair loss conditions can be self-correcting,” Doclis said, “such as diffuse hair loss, telogen effluvium or post partum alopecia.”
Excessive shedding or hair thinning can sometimes be a symptom of medication, illness or nutritional deficiency, especially if one has always had thick and healthy hair. In these cases, as long as the external cause is dealt with, the hair often grows back without treatment.
“That is, however, unless these forms of temporary hair loss trigger the genetic trait that leads to hereditary hair loss,” Doclis said.
In such instances, hair loss treatments will help stabilise, prevent and reverse the effects of genetic thinning, but again, Doclis says tailored administration and monitoring is essential.
“The person may be taking other medications that could contradict with the hair loss treatment, or they may not realise that you cannot take it while trying for a baby,” Doclis said. “Amazingly, I have had pregnant women almost begging for treatment.”
If you want the most effective treatment for hair loss that will not only be safe for someone in your particular circumstance, but also give you the best possible results, you need a professional diagnosis and the right advice.
Call the Belgravia Centre to arrange your free apointment with a hair loss specialist on 020 7730 6666, or meesage the centre for more information. If you can’t travel to the London centre, you can still take advantage of their online consulation service.