Could a follicle scan get to the root of your hair loss?Trichologists are now starting to offer follicle scans to people concerned about hair loss, and people are raving about them.

What is a trichologist?

A trichologist is a medical expert who specialises in hair loss and scalp problems. The trichology consultation is used to analyse information received during consultation alongside a hair sample and scalp examination. The hair strand can be sent away for testing and a personalised report returned.

Everything from medical history to diet and lifestyle can affect hair health and the consultations are a way to analyse an individual’s hair history – as everybody is different.

They are an effective way in which to give a client a hair analysis and some advice about lifestyle and nutrition, and even hair care routines.

Are follicle scans worth it?

Within the medical community, there are mixed opinions about follicle scans but many people find the information they give very useful.

Hair loss can be a real kick to someone’s confidence and make somebody look older than their years. Sometimes hair loss is genetic and other times it is a disease or lifestyle. A proper diagnosis is important to determine why you personally are losing your hair.

Any good surgery will start with a thorough consultation meeting, giving you the chance to ask any questions you might have and to seek out various treatments or life changes. Follicle scans are pain free and non-invasive and they are often linked to verbal consultations to give an overall picture of the patient.

What’s more, advances in follicular scans can be used before hair loss really hits and early intervention is very useful. At first, hair follicles shrink and while this is not visible to the naked eye, it would be picked up by a consultation and scan.

As they say, prevention is better than cure and nipping any obvious problems in the bud could save you years of stress and unhappiness. The earlier you seek advice and help, the better for you and your hair.

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