HAIR LOSS TREATMENT IN CHELTENHAM.
Everything you need to know.
Hair loss can occur for many different reasons and it is a very common and distressing problem. At Stratum Clinic Cheltenham, we know just how troubling it can be to lose your hair. The most important step is to firstly establish the cause for your hair loss, and then, provided it is treatable, to try and reverse it.
Hair loss can have many different names, with the most common being Alopecia which is a term for hair loss from any cause. The causes could be multiple- to include male or female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, scarring/cicatricial alopecia, pseudopelade, folliculitis De Calvans, dissecting cellulitis and telogen effluvium. Identifying the correct form of hair loss is very important in achieving a targeted treatment plan.
If you are suffering from hair loss, the sooner you seek treatment the better results will be, and no amount of hair loss is too small to seek advice about. Our experts at Stratum Clinic Cheltenham are able to diagnose your hair loss and to treat it in the most effective way for you.
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WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS?
Hair loss can happen for many reasons and progress in a variety of patterns. You may have noticed a patch of baldness that has begun to grow, or a receding hairline at your temples or forehead and decided to do something about it before it gets any worse. Or, you may have noticed an increase in hairs on your pillow or clothes, indicating that you are shedding hairs at an increased rate, even if there is no visible thinning of the hair. Whatever concerns you have about your hair or scalp, our experts in Cheltenham are here for you. Every case is unique and we provide each patient with personalised specialist care and treatment to achieve the best results possible, whatever the cause.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN TYPES OF HAIR LOSS?
There are two main types of hair loss and these are described by dermatologists as scarring or non-scarring.
Scarring alopecia results in permanent hair loss, so it is really important for early diagnosis and treatment to slow down the adverse effects.
In scarring alopecia, hair follicles become inflamed and are replaced with scar tissue on the skin on the scalp. For this reason, when hair loss has occurred, there is no potential for the hair to recover in those areas. Although this process is irreversible that does not mean these conditions are untreatable. As is often the case, early diagnosis and treatment is vital to limiting the damage caused by the disease. The scarring alopecias require careful and expert management as an accurate diagnosis of the problem is vital to choose the most appropriate treatment. Sometimes a diagnosis requires a skin sample (biopsy) of the skin.
Non scarring hair loss is where no scarring is present. With this form of hair loss there is little irritation or inflammation, but hair loss can be significant. Hair loss here can either appear in patches, or be spread throughout the hair. Examples of non scarring alopecia are:
Male Pattern hair loss
By far the most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern hair loss (MPHL). This condition is also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. Although scientists are not completely certain what determines who gets male pattern hair loss, we do know there is a genetic component to the condition that can be inherited from either parent’s side of the family.
Male pattern hair loss is identified by the hair it affects. In male pattern baldness, hair on the top of the head is affected, whereas hair on the back and sides of the scalp is spared. MPHL generally progresses in one of three ways; a receding hairline, thinning of the hair on the crown, or a general thinning of the hair all over the top of the head.
The key is to catch it as early as possible, ideally, as soon as you notice any thinning or loss of hair, the sooner you can begin treatment the greater your chance of achieving a good recovery. If you think you may be suffering with male pattern hair loss, make an appointment with our expert dermatologist in Cheltenham today.
Female pattern hair loss
Female pattern hair loss, also sometimes called androgenetic alopecia, affects thousands of women in the UK, usually beginning at around 30 years of age and occasionally earlier. Typically, women present with gradual thinning of the hair at the top of the head and widening of the hair part. Despite similarities with male pattern hair loss, the exact causes of FPHL is less clear. Elevated levels of testosterone or increased sensitivity to the hair follicles to this hormone is a factor in some, but not all, who have this condition. The balance of other hormones in the body and genetic factors are also likely to be important in causing this hair loss.
A number of treatments are clinically proven to stop further hair loss and in many cases reverse it, leading to a recovery of hair thickness and coverage. As with MPHL, early treatment is important as it is much easier to maintain the hair density than to recover it once it has been lost.
Alopecia Areata (AA) is a form of hair loss that affects both men and women causing bald patches to suddenly appear on the scalp or body. This happens when groups of hair follicles prematurely enter the shedding phase of the hair cycle. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicle root by mistake. We do not know what causes a person to develop AA, but a variety of potential triggers have been identified including infections and severe emotional stress.
Treatment for alopecia areata depends on the site and size of the affected areas. Steroids can be used either topically or as injections into the scalp to reduce the immune response and allow the hair to regrow. Larger areas are treated with topical treatments such as diphencyperone immunotherapy or dithranol and sometimes tablets can be used. Patches can also regrow by themselves, although there is no way of predicting if or when this might happen. Since AA can appear suddenly and progress rapidly, early treatment is generally recommended to increase the chances of a recovery.
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TREATING ALOPECIA IN CHELTENHAM
The current options of treatment for hair loss include prescription drugs, which can bring partial improvements, surgical hair restoration which addresses symptoms but not the underlying medical problem, and platelet rich plasma which is a newer treatment and has shown benefit in multiple recent studies in hair restoration.
Platelet Rich Plasma to treat hair loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a pioneering new treatment that is highly effective and uses the patient’s own platelets cells from their blood, which are rich in various growth factors, to stimulate hair growth. The growth factors in PRP can hugely benefit people suffering from hair loss or hair thinning. Current estimates suggest that a benefit is attained in at least 30-40% of selected patients. PRP serves to promote the growth of hair by stimulating the stem cells located in the dermal papilla along with the other cell structures present in the hair follicle. PRP cannot cause growth of new hair follicles once they have died or where they have not existed before.
The technique of platelet rich plasma involves the withdrawal of your own blood, which is then processed into separate blood components of Platelet-Rich Plasma, Platelet-Poor Plasma and Red and White Blood Cells. Using a small needle, the platelets are then injected strategically into your scalp in the areas that need improvement. The whole procedure takes around 20-30 minutes and a course of three sessions (one per month) are advised, followed by a possible fourth treatment depending on the severity and placement of your hair loss. One or two maintenance treatments per year are recommended. The length of your treatment will be discussed with you during your hair loss consultation at Stratum Clinic Cheltenham.
Dr Anita Takwale
Dr Anita Takwale is available for hair loss consultations at Stratum Clinic Cheltenham. Dr Anita Takwale has been a Consultant Dermatologist within Gloucestershire’s NHS hospitals since 2008. She is currently the Clinical Lead for the Dermatology department and the President of the British Hair and Nail Society, making her an expert in the field of hair loss conditions. The British Hair and Nail Society website has lots of great information on hair loss if you would like to find out more about the condition and treatment options. She has gained an international perspective on hair loss conditions, working with Professors in Melbourne and Brussels and attending specialist international conferences on hair loss. Anita is involved in education and research on hair loss, speaking at many meetings and conferences and publishing articles in multiple journals.
If you would like to arrange an appointment at Stratum Clinic Cheltenham with Doctor Takwale to discuss your hair loss, please fill in our enquiry form or give us a call. To find out more about Anita Takwale and her work, visit her personal website here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Alopecia and hair loss mean the same thing; reduction in hair density and increased hair fall. This can be a diffuse process or occur in localised areas on the scalp or other areas of the body. It can occur slowly over many years, or be rapidly progressive, occurring over days or weeks. There are many causes for alopecia which can broadly be grouped into three categories: internal deficiencies, scalp disease or ‘other’ causes. The most important distinction is whether scarring is a feature or not, because this will dictate how successful treatment can be.
Hair loss may be diffuse (i.e. androgenic) or localised (i.e. alopecia areata). If there is scarring, the skin might be featureless with loss of hair follicles and pigment.
The degree of psychological stress caused by alopecia is usually related to the extent of alopecia and the ease (or lack thereof) with which the condition can be covered or hidden.
For further information on alopecia, see the British Association of Dermatologists websites patient information pages:
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease, meaning cells in your immune system attack your hair follicles causing your hair to fall out.
WHY TREAT YOUR HAIR LOSS AT STRATUM DERMATOLOGY CLINIC CHELTENHAM?
During your consultation at Stratum Dermatology Clinic Cheltenham, your condition will be assessed by a consultant dermatologist and all suitable treatment options will be discussed with you. To book an hair loss consultation in Cheltenham, give us a call or fill out the online booking form and we will call you back.
Located in the heart of Cheltenham, Stratum Dermatology Clinics Cheltenham is ideally located if you are looking for hair loss treatment in Gloucestershire or Worcestershire. In easy reach from Tewkesbury, Ledbury and Hereford, we are here to provide you with effective alopecia treatments.
Stratum Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify. Both Stratum Dermatology Clinics and the consultants who work here are recognised by the main healthcare insurance providers.
HEAR FROM ONE OF OUR CHELTENHAM PATIENTS
I am very pleased not only with the Doctor I had my hair loss consultation with, but all of the staff I met at the Stratum Clinics Cheltenham. I highly and unreservedly recommend this clinic for hair loss treatment.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CHELTENHAM CLINIC
Stratum Clinics Cheltenham
5 Ormond Terrace
The clinic can be accessed by rail, car, bus or by foot. The nearest car park is in the Regent’s Arcade, just a few minutes’ walk from the clinic. There is also on street parking available and disabled bays.
While appointments can be made available outside usual hours in special circumstances, our core hours are:
|Monday||8.30am – 6.00pm|
|Tuesday||8.30am – 5.00pm|
|Wednesday||8.30am – 7.00pm|
|Thursday||8.30am – 7.00pm|
|Friday||8.30am – 5.00pm|
|Saturday||10.00am – 3.00pm|
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