Genetic DNA Testing for Hair Loss – The First Step of Any Hair Restoration Journey
Hair loss can be one of the most challenging realities of getting older for both men and women, yet it’s also one of the most common. Two-thirds of all men and 80% of women will experience hair loss or thinning by the time they reach 60. The issue may be common, but it can significantly impact a person’s confidence, self-esteem, and sense of identity, amongst other mental health issues.
Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is usually caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. In other words, a hormone known as DHT changes the hair follicles on the scalp, causing the hairs they produce to become progressively smaller and shorter until production ceases entirely, leaving bald patches as a result.
For women, however, there are many various reasons why the hair may be changing. Hormones, stress, vitamin deficiency, and chemical processing are just a few factors that can affect the hair’s appearance and growth. Hair loss may even be a symptom of a greater issue such as Thyroid disease, so it’s essential to seek medical guidance when hair loss becomes an issue.
Identifying a hair loss solution
Every person is different, so the underlying cause of their hair loss – and the eventual treatment – will also be other from person to person. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, yet often, when seeking a hair loss solution, there is a lot of trial and error involved when identifying the most effective course of treatment.
That is until the TrichoTest launched – a new and unique genetic test that identifies the root cause of hair loss and the most compatible treatment options, cutting out the guesswork so practitioners can develop a targeted treatment programme for a patient’s unique requirements.
How does the TrichoTest work?
The process is simple – the practitioner will take a quick swab from the inside of your mouth while you complete a detailed questionnaire about your lifestyle. This will then be sent off to a laboratory where specially trained technicians will produce an in-depth report outlining the causes of your hair loss and the treatments that are most likely to be effective for you.
The test analyses 48 genetic variations of the most relevant mutations related to the personalised treatment of alopecia. This provides an extensive understanding of specific characteristics of your metabolism that are related to your hair loss.
The beauty of TrichoTest is that it takes the trial and error out of hair restoration treatments. The information allows practitioners to create an informed and personalised treatment plan specific to your genetic coding – this leads to vastly improved results and patient safety.
Who is suitable?
The TrichoTest is suitable for both men and women who wish to understand how their genetics affect their hair, those who have a known family history of hair loss, and anyone who has tried various hair loss treatments with little success.
You may have just started to notice an increase in hair shedding, or perhaps you have a family history of hair loss and would like to understand the likelihood of developing this problem in the future. The TrichoTest is the ideal starting point to any hair loss journey and can reduce hair loss and preserve otherwise healthy hair follicles.
What are the potential treatment options?
The TrichoTest will suggest the most appropriate treatment options through various topical, oral or surgical solutions. Here are a few of the options for you to consider:
Usually, in the form of a topical hair foam, the medication is tailored to your unique genetic coding to feed your hair follicles with the right ingredients to restore optimum hair growth.
Viviscal Professional Supplements
Formulated with Biotin, Apple Extract, Vitamin C and marine protein complex Amino MarC to maintain healthy hair growth and nourish and strengthen hair from within, Viviscal is one of the most clinically researched hair supplements on the market.
Calecim serum is formulated using stem cells that have been ethically harvested from the New Zealand red deer’s umbilical cord lining. This ensures the serum has the most active – and therefore effective – growth factors and ensures the scalp fully benefits from treatment
By sourcing the stem cells from the cord lining, Calecim Professional serum offers the highest concentration of stem cells that can be extracted safely and without harming any animals due to these tissues’ high potency. These cells contain a powerful mixture of proteins, cytokines and growth factors to improve scalp health, rejuvenate hair and give lasting results.
Calecim Professional stem cell serum can also be used in conjunction with microneedling to open micro-channels in the skin to promote more effective absorption of the growth factors.
Poor scalp health is a significant contributor to damaged and thinning hair. The Keravive by HydraFacial uses patented vortex technology to unclog hair follicles, boost circulation and remove dead skin and congestion whilst nourishing and hydrating the scalp.
The treatment infuses a proprietary blend of skin proteins and growth factors to encourage the growth of thicker, healthier and stronger looking hair. It works well as an individual treatment but can also be combined with other hair restoration treatments such as PRP to enhance results.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.