Hair loss affects women as well as men and can be deeply upsetting. Luckily there are now scientifically validated ways of successfully treating hair loss and encouraging hair growth. But which is the best one for you?
There are a number of highly effective hair loss treatments available, from HydraFacial™ Keravive™ that promotes hair volume by improving scalp health to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, Polynucleotides, and, more radically, hair transplants. But the efficacy of any of these treatments depends on the way your body reacts to it and, of course, everyone is different.
When you’re experiencing hair loss, you can be acutely aware that time is of the essence so you don’t want to waste your time, energy, or quite frankly-your money on treatments that aren’t going to be particularly effective for you.
However, there is now a DNA test that can help us assess which treatment is likely to be the most effective hair loss treatment for you – the Fagron TrichoTest. It takes the guesswork out of restoring your hair. And we are delighted to announce that you can now get the TrichoTest through the Skin to Love Clinic.
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While scientifically proven hair loss treatments work at some level for many, they don’t necessarily work for everyone. Until now, it has been a case of trial and error because the only way of assessing how effective a hair loss treatment is for an individual is for that person to try it.
The TrichoTest takes the guesswork out of deciding which treatment to go for. It is a genetic test that analyses your DNA to discover the gene variations that affect your hair loss. Together with lifestyle factors, family history and medical history, the results of the test will enable us to produce an informed personal treatment plan that takes the guesswork out of the best hair loss treatment for you.
The test itself is a very simple process. During a consultation about you, your medical history, and your lifestyle, we’ll take a ‘buccal swab’ from the inside of your cheeks in order to obtain a DNA sample; this is essentially a large cotton bud which is wiped over the inside of your cheeks to collect cells. The sample will then be sent to the laboratory for analysis. As soon as we receive your results, we will discuss the recommendations and draw up a personalised treatment plan or refer you to them.
The TrichoTest will analyse 48 genetic variations of your DNA that are specific to hair loss. The combination of your individual variations will enable us to predict how your body will respond to seven biogenetic categories in relation to different hair loss treatments, providing an indication of the potential efficacy of each one. With this knowledge, we will be able to recommend a personalised hair loss treatment plan based on your genetic profile that will have the best outcome.
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, with around 80% of men experiencing some kind of hair loss by the age of 70. The type of hair loss is determined by genetic factors and can be anything from a receding hairline to baldness.
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can be especially upsetting for women as it’s not something that we tend to expect as it’s traditionally thought of as a ‘man’s problem’ or associated with illness. Thinning hair and some noticeable hair loss are more common as we age due to a change in hormones, although how much hair loss there is will often depend on genetics. Hair loss in younger women may be indicative of underlying medical conditions such as a hormone imbalance, a thyroid issue, vitamin deficiency, or as a side effect of medications. If you are worried about losing hair, patchy or sudden hair loss, no matter what your age it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your GP to rule out any medical reasons for your hair loss.
The TrichoTest can be used by everyone regardless of age, gender or race. If you would like to know more or book your test, please feel free to contact us.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
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