Trichology

How can a trichologist help with your hair loss and scalp problem?

Trichology Centre’s in Toronto and Richmond Hill can help you with your hair loss and scalp issues. Trichology is the study the anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and the chemical and physical makeup of the hair and skin. A trichologist will ask questions about your nutrition, medical history, genetics, lifestyle, and personal hygiene that may be causing your hair or scalp problem. Trichologists are specialists in the science of the structure, function and diseases of the hair and scalp. A trichologist can help diagnose your hair or scalp problem and develop a personalize plan for you to follow and start the road to recovery.

Some signs that you may need to see a trichologist :

Hair conditions
  • diffuse thinning hair loss (telogen or anagen effluvium)
  • sudden excessive hair loss (telogen effluvium)
  • patchy hair loss (alopecia areata, telogen effluvium or trichotillomania)
  • scarring hair loss (scarring alopecia)
  • male or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
  • hair loss to eyebrow and eyelashes (madarosis)
  • total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis)
  • total body hair loss (alopecia universalis)
  • excessive body hair for both men and women (hirsutism)
  • hair breakage (traction alopecia)
  • brittle hair (trichothiodystrophy)
  • hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania)
  • extensive use of hair products or tight hairstyles (trichorrhexis nodosa)
  • graying hair (canities)
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 diagnose 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

Hormones – hormones like abnormal levels of androgens can cause hair loss

Autoimmune disease – a misguided immune system can cause alopecia areata

Stress – a traumatic event or chronic stress can cause sudden hair loss called telogen effluvium

Drugs – drugs like chemotherapy can cause your hair to fall out, called anagen effluvium

Diet and nutrition – an imbalanced diet poor in protein or deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can cause hair loss

Cosmetic procedures – beaching, straightening, dyeing, over shampooing, all can cause hair loss

Medical conditions – lupus, thyroid disease, eating disorders, anemia, and other medical conditions 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 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, ultraviolet therapy, massage therapy, aromatherapy, and diet and nutritional advice.

Referral to a medical specialist

A trichologist may refer you to another medical specialist to help diagnose the 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. Other times an endocrinologist is referred to diagnose thyroid and hormonal imbalance that may be causing the hair loss. 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 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.

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