When it comes to managing their hair loss, many men and women don't know where to turn. Should they go to their hairdresser or doctor? Which doctor would be most appropriate, a primary care physician, dermatologist, or someone else? Knowing where to turn for help in restoring the natural growth of your hair can help you achieve the best results possible quickly. That's why more people than ever before are turning to trichology to improve the health and beauty of their hair and scalp. Here's what you should know about how visiting a trichologist could benefit you on your hair loss journey before scheduling your free consultation at LH Hair.
What Is Trichology?
The word "trichology" comes from the Greek word "Trikhos," which means hair. Trichology refers to the study of the hair and scalp. It is used to treat diseases that affect one's scalp as well as scalp disorders and hair loss that can result from them. With the help of trichology, understanding and treating hair loss can be more effective.
A trichologist is a person who specializes in the study and treatment of the scalp and hair, including hair loss. They focus on encouraging hair growth by studying an individual's medical history, lifestyle, genes, and environment, paying close attention to any medications they may be taking, nutritional imbalances, and stress levels. With this information, a trichologist can recommend specific lifestyle changes and treatment plans to promote scalp health and restore hair growth.
Trichologists are not doctors; they are para-medicals. This means they supplement and support medical work. For this reason, it's best for individuals experiencing hair thinning or hair loss to work closely with both their personal doctor and trichologist to better understand and treat the causes of their hair loss.
Trichology vs. Dermatology: What's the Difference?
Trichologists and dermatologists are both useful in determining the cause of and treating scalp disorders and hair loss in individuals. While a dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases in the skin, nails, and hair, trichologists are experts specifically in one's hair and scalp.
Likewise, visiting a dermatologist for hair thinning or loss may result in a quick scalp examination and a prescription medication, such as a steroid or antifungal cream. These steps rarely treat hair loss at the source, which means that hair regrowth is not always effective after being treated by a dermatologist for hair loss.
Alternatively, a trichologist will likely perform a thorough examination of your scalp and hair, including looking for lesions, pimples, inflammation, and damaged hair follicles, to determine the cause of your hair loss. Likewise, they have many more options to treat hair thinning and loss once they've identified the source than dermatologists would.
Some of the many hair restoration options that trichologists use include:
- Nutritional supplements
- Low-level laser therapy
- Scalp therapy products
- Medications, such as minoxidil
It's common for trichologists to work alongside a medical doctor in order to serve their clients with as many options as possible, including full-panel blood tests when needed.
Schedule a Free Consultation at LH Hair
Achieving a thick head of beautifully natural hair is possible for many people, even after experiencing hair thinning or loss. At LH Hair, we are proud to work closely with trained trichologists to ensure that your hair loss is diagnosed and treated at the source with a personalized treatment plan. If you'd love to enhance the appearance of your thinning hair, don't wait another day to prioritize the health of your scalp and hair. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation with one of our compassionate hair restoration specialists.