What does a Trichology Consultant or a Trichologist do?
Trichology is the study of the human scalp and hair conditions. A Trichologist will advise on the different types of scalp problems including: hair loss, hair thinning, localised and diffuse baldness, hair breakage, scalp itch, scaling problems and the overproduction of sebum and conduct non surgical treatments of those conditions.
What can I expect from a Trichology consultation?
The aim of a Trichology consultation is to ascertain the cause of any hair or scalp condition and to recommend a suitable treatment programme that will remedy the situation. One of the first steps in getting to the root of the problem is to gain an understanding of the patient’s lifestyle, hair hygiene regime and state of general health. To that end the patient is asked to complete a detailed questionnaire regarding hair loss traits within the family and asking for details of any current medication etc. During the consultation your Trichologist will examine your scalp closely using what’s called a Proscope. This is a high resolution, hand held microscope which is wired to a computer screen. It enables the Trichologist to take close up snapshots of your scalp for their records and to keep track of any changes that occur throughout the treatment process. Your Trichologist should have no need to contact your family GP. They should however, advise you to contact your GP if they feel that your hair loss problem requires medical attention. Your Trichologist should be able to diagnose the reasons for your hair loss and advise on whether it is a treatable condition. Note. Not all conditions are treatable.
What hair loss treatments are available?
A range of natural hair loss treatments is available to treat hair loss in both males and females, however since the causes of hair loss in males are generally different to the causes of hair loss in females, these treatments will not be the same. In males the treatments centre on boosting new growth, strengthening the follicles and inhibiting the formation of DHT. In females the treatments are aimed at stabilising the hair root, strengthening the hair follicles and stimulating blood flow in the scalp which all help to promote hair growth. It is important to establish that there are no side effects to your Trichology treatment and to be given an idea s to how long a course of treatment is likely to take. In most cases, male treatments will need to run for a course of 6 months whereas female treatments need only run for a course of 3 months.
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