LOSING YOUR HAIR? HOW CAN A TRICHOLOGIST HELP?
With 2 clinics in Toronto and Richmond Hill, Trichology Centre is helping clients in the Toronto GTA with their hair loss and scalp issues. Trichology is the study of physiology, anatomy, nutrition, and the physical and chemical makeup of the hair and skin. Using our online assessment form, a trichologist will ask questions about your medical history, lifestyle, genetics, and personal hygiene to get a better picture of your hair loss condition. As trichologists, we are specialists in the science of the structure, diseases, and function of the hair and scalp. We can help assess your hair or scalp problem and develop a personalize plan for you to follow and start your road to healthier scalp and hair.
Some signs that you may need to see a trichologist :
- patchy hair loss (alopecia areata, telogen effluvium or trichotillomania)
- sudden excessive hair loss (telogen effluvium)
- diffuse thinning hair loss (telogen or anagen effluvium)
- male or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
- scarring hair loss (scarring alopecia)
- total body hair loss (alopecia universalis)
- total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis)
- hair breakage (traction alopecia)
- excessive body hair for both men and women (hirsutism)
- hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania)
- extensive use of hair products or tight hairstyles (trichorrhexis nodosa)
- graying hair (canities)
- hair loss to eyebrow and eyelashes (madarosis)
Scalp and skin conditions
- dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis and pityriasis capitis)
- ringworm (tinea capitis)
- parasitic infestation, head lice (pediculosis capitis)
- inflammatory conditions (psoriasis)
- scaling (hyperkeratotsis)
A trichologist can assess what is causing your hair loss. Some of these include:
Genes – genetics is the main cause of male pattern baldness in men and female pattern baldness in women
Autoimmune disease – a misguided immune system can cause alopecia areata
Hormones – hormones like abnormal levels of androgens can cause hair loss
Drugs – drugs like chemotherapy can cause your hair to fall out, called anagen effluvium
Stress – a traumatic event or chronic stress can cause sudden hair loss called telogen effluvium
Diet and nutrition – an imbalanced diet poor in protein or deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can cause hair loss
Medical conditions – lupus, thyroid disease, eating disorders, anemia, and other medical conditions can cause hair loss
Cosmetic procedures – beaching, straightening, dyeing, over shampooing, all can cause hair loss
Illness, injury and childbirth – illness like ringworm caused by a fungal infection and pregnancy can cause hair loss
Mental disorder – trichotillomania is a hair pulling disorder which is an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
Some Hair Loss Treatments that are available from a Trichologist
Some treatments that a trichologist may offer include topical treatments, including AAPE stem cell and PRP treatment, low level laser therapy, massage therapy, ultraviolet therapy, aromatherapy, and nutritional and diet advice.
Referral to a medical specialist
A trichologist may also refer you to another medical specialist to help diagnose your hair loss problem. Sometimes blood work is required to help determine if there are deficiencies or imbalances in your daily nutritional intake. A scalp biopsy is may be needed to confirm the presence of alopecia conditions like cicatricial alopecia (scarring alopecia). Other times an endocrinologist is referred to diagnose thyroid and hormonal imbalance that may be causing the hair loss problem. If hair loss was due to a traumatic event or stress, or caused by habitual pulling of the hair, then a psychologist may also be referred.
If you are suffering from any type of hair loss or scalp problems, why not give a certified trichologist a call to help with your hair and scalp problem? You can call the Trichology Centre in Toronto or Richmond Hill at 647-492-9093 or fill out our online assessment form HERE.
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