Why Visit a Trichologist?
Trichologists are professionally trained for a minimum of three years in all aspects of hair loss, scalp disease and hair condition issues. Trichologists in full time practice will see both common and unusual conditions on a day to day basis.
People spend a lot of time and money visiting ‘professionals’ who aren’t experts in this field and will not find the right solution to a problem. An experienced Trichologist should be able to diagnose most hair loss and scalp complaints relatively simply and advise the best form of treatment.
A Trichologist is not qualified to diagnose medical disorders but in the process of finding the cause of a hair or scalp problem, you may discover other health issues. Many patients have been diagnosed with conditions such as hypothyroidism and pernicious anaemia due to test requests made by a Trichologist.
Your First Visit
The first step towards recovery from hair loss or a scalp problem is an initial consultation to find out what has gone wrong. All new patients require an initial consultation lasting approximately an hour.
During your consultation you will be asked questions about your diet, lifestyle, health, medications and stress amongst other things. The discussion will be relevant to your condition and completely confidential. I will often ask you to visit your GP for blood tests or if you have had tests recently, please bring a copy to your appointment.
I use a Microcamera to aid diagnosis of both hair loss and scalp problems. This is a highly powerful hand held camera which is capable of enlarging images up to 200 times; the live image is projected onto a monitor. In hair loss cases, hair samples may also be examined under a polarised light microscope for a more detailed analysis of the hair root.
However, sometimes a condition may be so obvious to an expert that it is not necessary to conduct tests or use equipment.
Hair Loss Treatment
At the end of your consultation you will be given a diagnosis and an opinion on the cause of your hair loss problem. At The Cotswold Trichology Centre, we pride ourselves on using a holistic approach to hair loss and scalp problems wherever possible. We will often suggest lifestyle and diet changes based on what you have mentioned during your consultation.
In addition to lifestyle and diet changes, recommendations such as high quality dietary supplements, topical hair loss and scalp treatments may be made. Not only is this holistic approach beneficial to your hair and scalp health, most patients notice increased energy levels or better skin quality as an added bonus.
Occasionally, hair loss conditions cannot be treated holistically and it may be necessary to try other methods of hair loss treatment. In conditions such as male or female pattern baldness for example, either prescription medications or home laser therapy are particularly effective. I am able to arrange prescriptions via a partnership with a medical practice and am also proud to be a distributer of the Theradome LH80 PRO Laser Helmet.