Dr Dilan Fernando- Hair Loss Blogger For Consulting Rooms

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Dr Dilan Fernando, Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms in London is now the author of Consulting Rooms’ Blog on Hair Loss.

Dr Fernando will be blogging all about hair and hair care. From hair loss, its prevention and treatment all the way through to hair transplant surgery and the future of potential treatments.

Blog 1- Hair: What is it and how does it grow?

Hair is an organ, just like your heart and brain

In his first blog he describes in detail the properties of healthy hair and how it grows, laying the foundation of what it means to have hair loss.

To read this blog, click HERE.

Blog 2- Hair loss: how to identify it and the initial considerations to make

“Suffering from hair loss … with up to 50% of both men and women being affected by the age of 50, the issue is a common one”

In his latest hair loss blog Dr Fernando shares his opinion on how to identify hair loss and what a suffer should do in the first instance.

To read this latest blog, click HERE.

Blog 3- Diagnosing Male Hair Loss

You might have noticed you are losing hair but what steps do you need to take to diagnose your condition? Find out more and read Dr Fernando’s blog on Consulting Rooms.

To read this latest blog, click HERE.

Blog 4- Diagnosing Female Hair Loss

Hair loss in females can be very distressing. You may notice your hair is thinning but what diagnosis do you have? Read Dr Fernando’s latest blog on Consulting Rooms to find out more.

To read the latest blog, click HERE.

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Reversing Hair Loss

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The reality of reversing hair loss has become a step closer for the human head! Research carried out by Dr Mayumi Ito has helped to regrow hair in skin that previously was unable to grow any. Work carried out on scar tissue in mice has helped to regrow hair that couldn’t previously grow. This has been done by using knowledge already gained about the iconic Sonic HedgeHog Protein Pathway. You can read the full paper in Nature by clicking here.

In this blog we aim to summarise the key findings and what the research means to hair loss sufferers worldwide.

Background to the research

The Sonic HedgeHog Protein Pathway is a method through which cells can pass messages to each other. One of the messages it signals is to promote hair growth in a developing fetus. Scientists were then able to show that after injecting the Sonic HedgeHog Protein into a mouse’s bald patches, the mouce’s resting hair follicles started to grow hair again (2).

The study generated a lot of optimism around a hair loss cure coming sooner rather than later. However, with concerns around treatment potentially causing some skin cancers any more research was put on halt (3).

So what is the latest news?

Dr Ito and her team from the NYU School of Medicine, have just released a paper based on some very interesting research around the Sonic HedgeHog Protein. They tested the Sonic HedgeHog Protein on skin that could not grow hair after the hair follicles and skin tissue had been damaged. By using the protein they were able to improve wound healing but also spark renewed hair follicle and hair shaft growth- thereby reversing hair loss! And importantly, they were also able to do this without increasing the risk of skin cancers too.

Our results show that stimulating fibroblasts through the Sonic Hedgehog Pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing. Dr Mayumi Ito

With 50% of men suffering from hair loss by 50, the potential for treatments to reverse hair loss in areas that are completely bald is good news.  The research sheds more light on why hair doesn’t grow in ageing skin. It also gives us more information on why men and women bald in the first place. By understanding how we can reverse hair loss, we gain more knowledge on what causes it in the first place.

For those who have suffered injuries or burns this is also interesting research. The skin after suffering trauma or a burns, tends not to regrow hair. This happens because the hair follicles are damaged. Now the Sonic HedgeHog Protein can regrow hair in similarly damaged skin, this can be used in future to help regrow hair in skin that has previously been burnt or scarred.

So what’s the future?

Right now the research still needs to be developed. It offers new information on how balding happens and what we can do to reverse hair loss. Currently, the only method of reversing hair loss in areas that are completely bald is a hair transplant. If you wanted to find out more about which treatments you would benefit most from, please don’t hesitate to contact our Surgeons today- click here.

References

(1) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07142-9

(2) https://www.jci.org/articles/view/7691

(3)https://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Procter+%26+Gamble+%28PG%29+to+Terminate+Pact+with+Curis+%28CRIS%29/2241793.html

(4) https://med.nyu.edu/cellbiology/faculty/secondary-faculty/mayumi-ito

(5) https://www.hairlosscure2020.com/category/mayumi-ito/

(6) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181128082747.htm

(7) https://nyulangone.org/press-releases/researchers-regrow-hair-on-wounded-skin

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9768360

 

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You snooze, you lose! When should you start your fight against male pattern baldness?

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This blog explores hair loss, male pattern baldness and some simple considerations to keep your hair healthy.

We’ve all sat on a busy London tube or black cab looking at a glossy poster offering dramatic hair loss solutions or the latest in hair transplant surgery. Despite being presented with so many treatments for male pattern baldness it’s hard to know just how much hair loss is affecting you, and more importantly, when you should consider acting on it?

What is Hair Loss and what is Male Pattern Baldness?

Hair loss (also known as alopecia) simply means losing hair where it previously grew. In male pattern baldness, this happens in a certain distribution affecting mainly the temples and the crown but not the back and sides of your head (as depicted by the Norwood Scale). It’s caused by testosterone having a damaging effect on genetically exposed hair roots on your scalp. It can start in the teens and affect as much as 50% of men by the age of 50.

What is the difference between normal hair loss and advancing male pattern baldness?

Your hair roots go through cycles, part of which includes shedding of the hair itself. As part of the normal hair loss cycle, 50 to 100 hairs will fall out each day and eventually a new hair will regrow from those roots. Where hair roots are susceptible to testosterone it results in:

  • A significantly larger number of hairs being shed
  • A reduction in the speed of hair regrowth
  • Hairs that do grow- appear thin, discoloured and fragile

Do I need to bother about my hair loss?

The honest answer is – you don’t. Some people place great emphasis on hair as part of their appearance. Others simply don’t care. Hair loss is nothing new, but with a wide array of treatments out there, gone are the days where it is something you are forced to accept. If you are someone who values your hair, then think about making a long-term investment into preserving it. You should start from an early stage to use simple techniques and treatments to protect your hair.

What can I do at an early stage to promote good hair health?

Don’t forget that your hair is a living organ. It requires a good blood supply, oxygen, nutrients and vitamins for vitality. A healthy diet is therefore very important, you can even supplement your diet with B-vitamins, biotin, zinc and selenium which have been shown to improve hair growth. Simple caffeine shampoos have a potential benefit in stimulating hair follicles thus increasing their vitality. However, this should be used intermittently throughout the week as overuse may result in over stimulation of the scalp.

Avoid active damage to your hair:

  • Protect it from sun damage using a hat
  • Try not to use heavy products on your hair which are potentially toxic
  • Avoid excessive heat from hair dryers and straighteners

Lifestyle factors also play an important role in hair loss with smoking and stress being well known contributors to the balding process.

Click here for more information on male hair loss. Look out for our next blog where we explore the different medical treatments available in hair loss.

If you would like a health check for your hair or to find out more about your own hair loss, book a free consultation with The Treatment Rooms, London today.

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