The medical terminology for hair loss is alopecia. There are many reasons why a person will begin to experience hair loss. The cause may be an inherited condition, hormonal, nutritional, physiological, autoimmune, psychological, or environmental, the taking of certain medication, or any combination of these.
Some hair loss problems may be temporary and self-correcting while others are corrected with nutritional/hormonal interventions. Conditions such as genetic thinning can be stabilized but not cured – while others cause permanent hair loss due to follicle destruction.
Treatment depends on what kind of hair loss you have. A trichologist looks at the scalp and hair with a microscope and documents your treatment plan along with pictures. We go over a detailed questionnaire and ask for recent blood work results and biopsy if needed. We are like detectives and have to get to the source of the problem before any treatment plan is prescribed.
A trichologist is not a doctor. Trichology is the scientific study of hair and scalp problems. I recommend starting with your dermatologist. Most doctors like working with trichologist once they know what we do and see the results we get.
If you or someone you know is experiencing hair loss don’t hesitate to visit a trichologist. Ask for references and ask lots questions. We know you are inundated with products saying they will grow your hair back. Many of these products and companies do not work. A trained reputable trichologist won’t sell you things that won’t work.
My daughter is now 23. She was 9 when I found a large circular bald spot. That spot is now the entire top of her head. She has an acute case of alopecia areata. For more information on hair loss visit www.naaf.org, and our social media sites, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
Patti Wood WTS, Owner of Off 5th Avenue Salon, is a professionally trained hair stylist and a certified Trichologist specializing in Hair Replacement therapy and solutions. Patti has helped many clients solve hair loss problems ranging from cancer treatments, male or female pattern baldness, hair thinning, and Alopecia Areata. She works closely with Dermatologists and Physicians in treatment plans.