Hair loss can occur for a number of different reasons but if your hair loss is sudden or you it starts shedding in large amounts, it may be time to book yourself in to see a Trichologist. For those that don’t already know, a Trichologist is a physician that specialises in the health of hair and the scalp. They are qualified to identify and treat all forms of hair loss, with experience carrying out hair transplant procedures.
Today many hair loss clinics offer free consultations, giving you the opportunity to meet with a physician and find out more about your condition and the possible treatments available to you. Visiting a hair loss clinic may feel a little daunting at first but there really is no need to worry. See it as a step towards a more positive future! To help ease your mind, we’ve shared tips and advice on how to prepare for your appointment and what to expect when you get there.
Things to do before your appointment
Before going to your appointment, it’s a good idea to make a list of your personal information. This should include any recent life changes or any stresses in your life, which could potentially be the cause of your hair loss.
You will also need to make a list of any medical conditions you have and the medications you take for them. Some hair loss clinics may ask you to bring along your medication, so your physician can see what you are taking. Remember that medication also includes vitamins and supplements.
You are bound to have some questions for your Trichologist but if you are worried about your mind going blank during your appointment, you may want to write them down beforehand. Don’t worry about your questions being silly or having too many questions – there’s no such thing! It’s important that you have complete peace of mind about your hair loss treatment, so it’s only right that you’ll want to gain better knowledge beforehand.
Below we’ve shared a few examples of questions you might want to ask:
- What is likely to be causing my hair loss?
- Is my condition likely to be temporary or long term?
- Is there any chance of my hair growing back naturally?
- Are there any life changes I can make to improve my condition?
- What are my treatment options?
What to expect at your appointment
Just as you are likely to have questions for your Trichologist, they will also have plenty of questions for you too. They will want to know information such as when you first began experiencing hair loss, how much you’ve lost (and where) and whether anyone else in your immediate family has experienced hair loss.
They are also likely to want to carry out tests but this is unlikely to happen at your initial consultation. Future tests may include blood tests, scalp biopsies and light microscopies. A scalp biopsy involves scraping samples from the skin or from a few hairs plucked at the roots and a light microscopy involves using a special instrument to examine hairs trimmed at their bases. Your Trichologist will discuss these tests with you beforehand.
After the tests have been carried out, your Trichologist will be able to give you a diagnosis and advise you on the best course of action. Some people will be candidates for hair transplants, whereas others will be better suited to other forms of hair loss treatment. In the meantime, they may be able to recommend products for assisting hair re-growth, such as shampoos and conditioners.