Hair loss

01 February 2016

How to prepare for a visit to a hair loss specialist

Whether you first consult with your family doctor or go straight onto a hair loss specialist, it helps to be well prepared for your visit.

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They key is to make sure the doctor has specific expertise and knowledge in hair loss.

 The most suitable doctors to assess your hair loss concerns are a dermatologist (skin specialist), hair loss clinic or a medical professional who specialises in diagnosing and treating scalp and hair disorders (trichologist).

Tips to assist your doctor

  • Make a list of important personal information, especially any recent life changes or major stresses you’ve experienced;
  • List all the medications including supplements/vitamins you are currently taking
  • List any medical conditions you are affected by
  • Jot down some questions you’d like to ask your doctor about hair loss

Questions your doctor might ask you

  • When did you first begin experiencing hair loss?
  • Do you lose hair continually or just occasionally?
  • Have you noticed any of the following: hair breakage, shedding or poor hair growth?
  • Have you lost hair overall or in patches?
  • Have you found anything that seems to improve or worsen your hair loss?
  • Is this the first time you have experienced hair loss or has it occurred previously?
  • Is anyone in your immediate family affected by hair loss?
  • What medication or supplements do your take regularly?

Read more:

Types of hair loss

Signs and symptoms of hair loss

How is hair loss treated?