Dr Sanjay Gheyi MBBS, MS, FRCS, BCAAM
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Non-surgical & surgical hair restoration
What causes hair loss or alopecia?
The commonest form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia.
In simple terms it means hair loss related to your genes and male hormones.
This affects roughly 50% of men and women older than 40 years. It may
affect 75% of women older than 65 years. It usually becomes noticeable
prior to age 40 years starting as early as 30 years in some.
Alopecia areata can cause tremendous emotional and psychosocial stress. This usually presents with patches of hair loss, it may be a single or multiple patches affecting scalp, beard or anywhere on the body. It may be a small or a large patch and can sometimes affect the whole scalp or the whole body. This is usually treated with steroid creams and/ or injections. It is best to seek help of your GP or dermatologist as treatments are available on the NHS.
Anagen effluvium sudden severe hair loss after exposure to toxic chemicals, certain drugs including chemotherapeutic agents and heavy metal toxicity. Treatment of underlying cause after diagnostic testing is required.
Telogen effluvium- sudden diffuse hair loss can be caused by any stressful life events, pregnancy etc. It usually recovers by the time cause becomes apparent!
Traction alopecia occurs in people who literally pull their hair out!
Hair loss associated with endocrine problems such as high level of male sex hormones in women, thyroid problems and scalp conditions. Treatments are directed at the underlying cause.
There is genetic susceptibility to some types of hair loss. Some studies have shown increased incidence of cardiovascular disorders and benign prostatic enlargement in association with hair loss.
Investigations and treatment
Usually no investigations are necessary for androgenetic alopecia,
the commonest cause of hair loss that we see. Hormonal testing may be
recommended in some cases.
Treatments used include scalp solutions, prescription medicines, PRP and low level laser therapy.
How does laser help grow hair?
Medical and laser treatment needs to be continued for many months to prevent further hair loss and grow more hair. It should be started early to wake up sleeping hair follicles, without treatment these die off and treatments other than surgery will not work. So, the earlier you start, better it is.
For some patients surgery is the preferred option. We can also arrange hair transplantation.
A hair restoration consultation costs £35.
Call 0800 0430737 or fill out our appointment form to arrange your consultation
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