Updated 30 November 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.

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?