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What’s a Trichologist?

Trichology is the science of the human hair. So a good trichologist is a hair expert – somebody who has studied the hair and scalp and knows which hair loss treatments work and which don’t.

Hair Loss Consultation Trichocheck at The Belgravia CentreBut how do you define a good trichologist? Well most hair loss is caused by a condition called male pattern hair loss (for men) or female pattern hair loss (for women). There are proven trichological treatments for this genetic hair loss condition and these are the only ones that Belgravia recommends as a treatment basis. The treatments are Propecia (men only) and minoxidil (men and women) and used as part of a specially combined treatment course, will usually result in not only hair loss prevention, but also hair restoration (the amount or regrowth being different from person to person).

If your hair loss is genetic and you’ve been recommended anything other than one or more of these two treatments then we advise you to approach the trichologist you are dealing with with suspicion. Many trichologists concoct their own natural or herbal remedies for hair loss. They usually contain products that are said to block DHT (the product in the body that causes genetic hair loss) locally, around the scalp. In an ideal world the thought that a completely herbal product could prevent hair loss would be great, but unfortunately there’s no evidence to show natural treatments work. The only trichological product that blocks DHT effectively is Propecia, and it’s taken as a pill, not a solution applied to the scalp. Minoxidil is a liquid applied locally but it works in a different way, by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles resulting in increased nutrients being delivered.

And another aspect of trichology is dealing with the underlying cause of a person’s thinning hair. In some cases hair loss could be caused by a reason other than genetics. An example is anemia, which is an iron deficiency. This condition frequently causes excessive hair shedding, usually in women, and taking an iron supplement could solve the problem.

WARNING – because trichology is not a medical qualification, there is no regulation on who can and can’t call themselves a trichologist so we hear of salesmen with no qualifications passing as trichologists. We even know of a hair loss consultant that frequently passes himself as ‘Europe’s leading trichologist’. We advise that you always request to see some form of medical or trichological certification when visiting a trichologist to ensure you are dealing with somebody who can genuinely diagnose your condition and recommend a safe and effective course of action.

Belgravia’s hair loss specialists consist of certified trichologists, nurses and doctors so you can be confident that when you visit for a hair examination you are in the hands of an expert. Our in-clinic pharmacies ensure we are able to prescribe all of the medically proven treatments for hair loss, meaning our treatment combinations are the most effective available. Our Success Stories are testament to this. All patients who visit either of Belgravia’s Central London hair loss clinics are monitored with photos.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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