Not to confuse with the mineral hair analysis, the hair analysis we refer to in this article is done for the sole purpose of hair loss diagnosis.
Before a patient undergoes hair restoration, the doctors perform a scalp/hair examination, a hair analysis, or in other words they conduct an examination to diagnose the reason for hair loss.
This analysis is almost always free all around the world. What to expect from this examination?
- This examination is entirely confidential.
- This is often a physical examination. And your physician also will ask you questions to understand your medical history – including some questions about hair loss in your family.
- They might ask for a blood test or other lab tests to find out if you have any blood related conditions, thyroid problems, and so on. A thyroid assessment can be a good option.
- They will most likely use a special magnifier known as the densitometer to examine your scalp, and hair strands to diagnose the disease, understand your hair loss pattern and extent. A densitometer assesses the hair density.
- Your hair strands might be examined under a microscope.
- Your doctor might ask for a scalp biopsy which is often not mandatory. They will extract hair follicles and skin from your scalp, and examine them.
- They will most likely conduct a hair pull test. They will gently pull parts of your hair to see how many hair strands come out at a time. This is also known as the tug test.
- They might perform phototrichogram. This procedure involves the shaving of a part of your scalp and taking photographs of that shaved parts over a period of several days. This is done to understand the pattern of growth.
- Hair window is a similar procedure where hair strands are clipped or an area of the scalp is shaved. Then the doctor evaluates the hair growth.
- Hair shaft analysis can determine any hair shaft abnormalities.
If you think you are experiencing hair loss, please remember that a specialist still needs to examine your scalp in person. Photos, and just looking at your head are not enough to determine the hair loss diseases and patterns. In later stages, your looks and any recent pictures certainly give one an idea about your extent of hair loss, and yet, it is best to have a personal medical examination.
A reliable doctor/surgeon will ask you to perform a medical examination of your scalp. Depending on your hair loss type, and diseases, the methods that we listed above, and others may not all be necessary at the same time. And yet, a hair analysis, in this case, a thorough examination of your scalp, and taking a thorough medical history are the initial steps to particularly hair restoration. At times hair pull and the magnifier method can prove enough to determine the cause. At other times, a hair shaft analysis and scalp biopsy might be required.
Most of these methods are simple, minor, and rather fast processes. The hair loss evaluation which is face to face is essential before a hair restoration. Your doctor can make use of the hair loss scales for male or female pattern baldness such as the Norwood scale, the Ludwig, and Savin scales. Ask them to take pictures of your scalp before, during, and after your treatment. Also, learn about the steps of your treatment, and see other patients’ before and after restoration pictures if available and possible.
Men’s hair loss if often due to genetics, but in women, hair loss might be caused by hormonal and dietary changes, pregnancy and child birth, and certain diseases, therefore, the doctor might request more and other tests.