There are various reasons to get a consultation with a trichologist. From hair loss, hair texture problems or scalp issues, it is always best to find out what condition you may have. Hair is one of the body’s most metabolically active tissues and it often reflects the first signals of internal disturbance.
Trichology is the branch of dermatology that specialises in the health of hair and scalp. It comes from the Greek word “trico” that means “hair”. As a para-medical field, it deals with disorders that involve the anatomy and the physiology of hair. Our qualified trichologists identify and treat all form of hair loss.
The hair and the scalp are just as important as the overall assessment of your health. We understand that hair or scalp disorder can be very traumatic and it can have a severe impact on someone’s well being. Hair is well documented as being the barometer of health. It often occurs to go for a medical checkup that doesn’t include hair and scalp examination. Examining these areas can help detect certain medical conditions that can be treated sooner.
Our trichologists provide detailed consultations and examinations for a modest fee, which will lead to a diagnosis, advice and if appropriate an effective clinical prescription or a treatment to cure the condition.
To diagnose a trichology related issue, the best option is to visit the Wimpole Clinic and get a physical examination in order to look at the underlying skin and patterns. Because there can be so many factors that can be involved in hair loss, we act as detectives to understand the real causes. Knowing if the hair fell suddenly or gradually can help our search.
Other information such as allergies or specific diets are clues we can use to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your trichology condition. Sometimes, the evidence lies in your scalp and may require doing a scalp biopsy, which can be essential to solving the case. Sometimes, a blood test is also necessary. Contact us for a consultation and we will help you find out what trichology condition you have.
As trichology issues can have an emotional impact, seeking a treatment can help you psychologically and physiologically. If the hair loss is due to an infection, or another condition, treating the underlying problem may help prevent further hair loss. For general male pattern baldness there are two medicines that can be used to treat hair loss: finasteride and minoxidil.
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Trichology is the science and study of hair (from the Greek ‘trikhos’ meaning hair). Clinical trichology (i.e. trichology in the context of practising members of the Institute) is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp.
Your diet could potentially cause hair loss if you don’t watch what foods you eat. The typical western diet lacks many of the nutrients needed to sustain strong healthy hair, which is one of the main reasons hair loss is so typical an affliction in western society and so rare in many eastern regions. Diets should contain a diversity of vitamins and minerals found across vegetable and fish dishes as well as the occasional meat dish. Vary your diet for the best results and to ensure you are getting the vitamins and minerals that are needed to maintain strong, healthy looking hair.
I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and have been experiencing hair loss. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) results in an increase in testosterone, or male hormone levels. Unfortunately, testosterone is a hormone that scalp hair follicles often do not like, especially if you have a history of hereditary pattern hair loss (baldness) in your family. Ensuring the PCOS is under control should help to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth. Most commonly, anti-androgen medication can be medically prescribed to help treat this condition. These are usually oral contraceptives that contain an anti-androgen such as cyproterone acetate. Anti-androgens aim to inhibit the action of androgens or male hormones, so they can be of benefit.
We do have a range of hair thickening sprays and thickening fibres to offer as non-surgical options. They disguise any visible areas of scalp and they also help thicken the hair shafts, creating an illusion of a thick head of hair in an instant. They come in a range of colours to suit most hair shades. These products are available at the clinic.
We treat both men and women, in fact, more women than men are now seeking trichological advice – you are not alone. First stage is to carefully examine your scalp and detect how much hair has been coming out, it has to be determined if your loss is patchy, patterned or diffuse. Depending on this and information taken on your diet, medical history and life style, specific blood tests will be recommended by the trichologist and a personal trichological treatment plan will be put together for you. Your hair will be reassessed and monitored regularly by the trichologist over the coming months.
There are no dangers to shampooing your hair every day, even if you are experiencing hair loss. In fact, the scalp and hair benefit enormously by being kept clean and clear of dead skin and grease build up. The hair will have body added to it and will be kept in good condition by frequent shampooing and conditioning. Your hair will not fall out any further or any faster, don’t worry!
Yes, a trichologist will be able to diagnose the problem for you than once it is known what is wrong the most suitable treatment can be started. There are many scalp problems a trichologist encounters every day, psoriasis and dermatitis are examples of the most common. Most scalp problems can be treated trichologically and without the use of steroids that may otherwise be prescribed by a GP. But a diagnosis is required in the first instance-get it checked as soon as possible.
Hereditary hair loss can begin as early as puberty but eighteen through to thirty happens to be the most common time to notice it emerging. It would be necessary for you to consult with a qualified trichologist to get the problem diagnosed as there are other types of hair loss apart from hereditary balding. Even if it is confirmed as being genetic hair loss, there are treatments available to help stabilise it, especially if the problem is in its early stages.
The consultation process is very thorough and may take up to an hour. During the consultation all aspects of your scalp/hair problem will be discussed at length with folliscope examination to determine the correct diagnosis of your condition. The trichologist will explain the nature of your disorder, give specific advice, answer your questions, and if necessary suggest a treatment regime. Sometimes, certain blood tests or other tests may be required for further investigation.
Male pattern baldness, Female hair loss, Patchy hair loss, Diffuse hair shedding, Seborrhoeic eczema, Contact dermatitis, Psoriasis, Scaling conditions, Itching scalp, Folliculitis, Scalp Infections, Afro/Caribbean conditions
Alopecia is a general term meaning hair loss of which there are many types and causes. Most types of hair loss can be treated, however some cannot. A qualified trichologist will be able to advise you further.
So far as the Institute is concerned, a qualified trichologist is someone qualified by and registered with the Institute of Trichologists. They use post nominal letters such as AIT, MIT or FIT. There are other people who have nothing to do with the Institute, who may claim to be ‘qualified’ but they are not recognised by the Institute as ‘qualified trichologists’.
The Institute of Trichologists is over 100 years old (founded in 1902) and has built up a high reputation for standards of training and professional practice. All registered members are fully and properly qualified. All Institute members are bound by the Institute’s strict and enforceable Code of Professional Practice and Ethics.