The most common problems with which patients report for trichological consultations:
1️⃣ Alopecia: This is one of the most common problems that patients consult with a trichologist. This may include alopecia areata (peri-local alopecia), male pattern baldness (androgenic), female pattern baldness, as well as other forms of hair loss.
2️⃣ Seborrheic dermatitis (seboreic dermatitis): Patients presenting with this problem often have excessive sebum production, itching of the scalp, dandruff, redness and scaly skin.
3️⃣ Hair loss: Patients notice more hair loss than usual. This can be caused by various factors such as genetic factors, hormonal changes, nutrient deficiencies, illness or stress.
4️⃣ Chemical and thermal damage: People who frequently use chemical treatments such as dyeing, perm or hair straightening may report problems related to weakness and damage to the hair.
5️⃣ Chronic scalp diseases: Patients may suffer from various scalp diseases such as psoriasis, lichen planus, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis.
It is worth remembering that these are just a few examples, and problems related to hair and scalp can be of a diverse nature. Therefore, it is important to consult a doctor who will thoroughly examine and diagnose the problem, and then develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
How exactly is the trichological examination done?
Examination of the scalp and hair, or trichoscopy, which the doctor performs at the first visit is completely non-invasive and painless. It consists in viewing hair and skin at a significant magnification, after applying a trichological camera. Depending on the assessed features, up to 200-fold magnification is used. time of the first visit.
During the examination, the image viewed under the microscope is visible to both the doctor and the patient. The analysis is carried out on an ongoing basis, which allows you to discuss the result of the examination with the patient immediately during the first visit.
How to prepare for a trichological consultation?
Please wash your hair one day before your visit. Thanks to this, during the trichological examination performed at the first meeting, the obtained image will be reliable. It is NOT recommended to wash the scalp immediately before the consultation and use any styling cosmetics.
Before the consultation, you should not undergo hairdressing treatments, with particular emphasis on hair coloring. In the case of coloring, it is recommended to wait a minimum of one week, because paint residues remain on the scalp for several days and interfere with the trichoscopy image.
It is worth taking the current test results with you:
- complete blood count with smear
- thyroid panel (TSH, FT3, FT4, anti-TPO, anti-TG)
It is necessary to prepare information about your state of health: chronic diseases, a list of medications taken, allergies, including to medications.
Preparation for the trichological consultation will allow maximum use of the meeting time, initial diagnosis and treatment planning. Remember that the doctor is here to help you, so don't hesitate to ask questions and share any concerns you may have.