Top Questions Trichologists Ask at Hairloss Consultations
Consulting a hair and scalp expert can lay your fears about your hairloss to rest. If you’re considering a hair transplant, for instance, you can ask all the questions about your condition and treatment options. In turn, you must also be ready to answer questions that the specialist will ask. This way, your consultation will run smoothly, and you’ll have more time to discuss your concerns with the doctor.
On your first consultation at Svenson, a qualified trichologist will try to find out what could be causing your hair problems and what your hairloss pattern is. Expect that the trichologist will ask a lot of questions before thoroughly checking your hair and scalp. The most frequently asked questions are about your family history of baldness, health, lifestyle, and hair care and styling practices.
Be sure to answer fully and honestly to provide the specialist a complete picture of your hairloss condition, so he or she can make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the right treatment for you.
Here are the frequently-asked hairloss questions you must anticipate before your initial consultation.
1. Is this the first time you’ve lost hair? Has it affected you before?
Try to recall the time you first noticed the signs of your hairloss. Is it just recently or you’ve had it since your teenage or college years? The trichologist needs to know how long it has been since you started losing hair and the extent of the problem.
2. Is your hair thinning or shedding?
Asking this question is meant to probe into the kind of hairloss you’re having, so describe it to the trichologist as accurately as you can. Let him/her know if you think your scalp has become more visible but the hair fall isn’t obvious (as in the case of hair thinning) or if a lot of hair is falling out (as in the case of hair shedding).
3. Have you been losing hair occasionally or continuously?
Give the specific details on how frequent you experience hairloss. Does it happen every day, or only when you’re going through some tough times?
4. How much hair is falling out and where?
The amount of hair you’re losing gives the specialist an idea of how severe your condition is. Describe how much hair is falling out—are they in clumps or just a few strands seen on your pillow, brush, and bathroom drain?
5. Does any of your family have hairloss problems?
One of the frequently asked questions in a consultation has to do with your family history of hairloss. The trichologist will try to confirm if you have male or female pattern baldness, which is passed on from parents to their children.
Take note of your immediate and extended family members who experienced losing hair at a young age. Better yet, dig up old family photos—they might reveal a shocking truth: one or both of your parents might have thinning hair since their 20s or 30s!
6. What medications or supplements are you taking regularly?
It’s challenging to answer this question right away because it’s hard to remember all the medicines, supplements, and vitamins you’re taking. So list them down before your consultation. Let the doctor know if you’ve been taking birth control pills, blood thinners or medicine for heart diseases, as they can contribute to hairloss.
7. What kinds of food are you eating? Are you on a diet?
Lack of nutrients in your diet can cause hairloss. Check if you’re getting enough protein, iron, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair growth.
Also, inform the trichologist if you’re on a special diet that has caused you to lose so much weight, as this can also lead to hairloss.
8. Have you had any illness recently?
Medical conditions such as lupus, thyroid disorders, and anemia have hairloss as one of their symptoms. Provide the trichologist with a complete answer to this question, as he/she needs to determine if you’re suitable for a certain anti-hairloss treatment.
9. What hairstyling tools and products do you often use?
Do you often use blowers, curling irons, straighteners, and other heating tools? Have you had chemical treatments such as dyeing, bleaching, rebonding, or perming? What shampoo, conditioner, sprays, gels, and other hair products are you using? These things can be damaging your hair, and the specialist needs to know if they add up to your hairloss problem.
10. Have you been through a major life change or emotional stress?
Don’t be surprised when the hair and scalp expert asks you about the difficult time you’ve been going through. Have you been dealing with loss of a job or a loved one, serious financial problems or a difficult relationship?
Asking questions about your major stressor gives insight on what’s causing your hairloss and how to prevent it from getting worse.
11. Have you given birth recently?
Female patients are usually asked questions about their pregnancies and childbirth, which could affect hair density and growth. Let the trichologist know if you’ve given birth, when the hairloss has started, and how much hair is lost.
It also helps to be as descriptive as possible. Like in the case of DJ Delamar, she gave a detailed account of her hairloss during her consultation at Svenson: “About 4 months after giving birth, I started to experience heavy hair fall. It’s scary to see lots of fallen strands on the pillow, bathroom walls, stairs, and even my fingers when I run them through my hair.” This allowed her trichologist to evaluate her condition better and recommend the best treatment for her unique needs.
Only after asking detailed hairloss questions, plus a close examination of your hair and scalp, can the trichologist identify the cause of your hairloss and create a personalized hair recovery program for you.
The sooner you consult a hair and scalp expert, the better results you can get from your anti-hairloss treatment. It also eases your worry and anxiety about your condition. So don’t delay that visit to the trusted hair restoration clinic in the Philippines. Book a free hair and scalp consultation with Svenson before it’s too late! #TheHairlossAuthority.