Before recommending a specific procedure for hair restoration or initiating this procedure, ClinMedica’s hair restoration doctor will examine the scalp to determine the cause of the hair loss. If the examination indicates that hair loss is not genetic, as in the case of Androgenic Alopecia, other diagnostic procedures to detect the cause will be carries out. In some cases, an underlying condition may need to be treated first before starting the hair restoration process.
Hair pull is a diagnostic procedure used for each patient who complains of an unexplained hair loss. To assess the presence or absence of any abnormality in the hair growth cycle, approximately 25 to 50 hairs are taken from the scalp through a series of gentle hair tugging. When many hairs are pulled, this indicates that there is a defect in the hair growth cycle. The hair follicles pulled under the microscope may be examined to assess the hair shaft and hair follicle (hair tip of the hair follicles). Among the different forms of hair pulling is the optical examination of hair movement and the hair window.
The hair is cut or shaved in the scalp and successive images are taken within 3 to 5 days to determine the hair growth pattern. A defect in the hair growth cycle is not the common cause of hair loss, but it may occur at any age. The main causes of this disorder include disturbance of thyroid hormones, lack of nutrition, side effects of certain drugs, anemia and other systemic diseases, and mental disorders.
A sample of the scalp may also be taken when new information is needed to assess the mechanism of hair loss within the follicles. In most cases where hair loss patients are evaluated and ready for hair restoration, scalp surgery is not necessary. Hair analysis is a laboratory procedure when there is a need to assess the defect in the hair shaft. We usually look for causes, genetic or chemical.The test has no value in the diagnosis of systemic disease or nutritional status, as claimed by non-doctors.