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Hair loss

What causes hair loss?

Hair is a complex structure. There are many disorders which can lead to hair loss. We appreciate how difficult coping with hair loss can be. A diagnosis can only be made after a detailed assessment by a Dermatologist. Sometimes further investigations including a skin biopsy are required.

This is the most common cause of hair loss in men, and affects 50% of men by the age of 50. Hairs become progressively narrower with subsequent hair cycles. This is known as miniaturisation. Treatment may including topical therapy, anti-hormonal pills and hair transplant.

Hereditary hair loss in women is much more common than most people would think. It is estimated that up to 40% of women will be affected by female pattern hair loss at some point in their lives. The term androgenetic alopecia, which is widely used for male pattern hair loss, should be avoided in women as the disorder is not always clearly driven by androgens. The features are similar to male pattern hair loss, in that the hairs become miniaturised.

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss that affects up to 1.7% of people at some point in their lives. It occurs as a result of the immune system ‘fighting’ hair follicles, and preventing them from producing hair. The hair loss can be quite sudden and abrupt, leaving patches void of hair. Treatment may include creams or injections.

This is a disorder of the hair cycle. Normally only 10-15% of hairs should be in the resting phase. In this condition, either spontaneously or because of severe physical or psychological, a larger proportion of hairs enter the resting and shedding phases.

In this condition, there is inflammation of the hair follicle which leads to the formation of a scar, and possibly permanent hair loss. There are many causes of scarring alopecia including lichen plano-pilaris, frontal fibrosing alopecia and lupus.

How is hair loss treated?

Following a detailed consultation, our Dermatologists will be able to offer you treatments which are tailored to the type of hair loss which you have you have.

Hair loss service at Belgravia Dermatology

  • Detailed discussion of the hair loss problem followed by examination and trichoscopy

  • Option to have a skin biopsy and blood tests if recommended

  • Treatment to address the relevant diagnosis

  • Hair transplant if suitable

How effective are hair loss treatments?

The response of hair loss to treatments is incredibly variable. Some individuals respond well where as others may have a slower response.

What should I do next?

If you suffer from hair loss then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.

“A detailed analysis is required to establish a diagnosis for hair loss.”

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