Although Dermatologists and Trichologists have similar goals in mind, they are separate fields of study that implement different methods to achieve their desired outcome. WebMD defines a trichologist as “a specialist who focuses on trichology — the study of diseases or problems related to the hair and scalp as well as their treatments.”(WebMD, 2021). Trichologists practice holistic health by looking at the body as a whole to get to the root issue. Holistic health involves digging deep into the lifestyle, health, and environment of the individual to identify the problem and find a solution.
A Dermatologist, as defined by the American Academy of Dermatology Association, is “… a medical doctor who specializes in treating hair, skin, and nails”(auth, year). Using modern medicine Dermatologists use methods such as blood tests and/or scalp biopsies to assess the problem. Due to treatment restrictions in the medical field, dermatologists have a limited range of solutions they can offer to their patients. Dermatologists typically treat their patients with injections, prescriptions, and laser therapy. Using these methods, they will attempt to rid the patient of their symptoms.
Hair and scalp problems are often an outward manifestation of an internal issue. Modern medicine seeks to hide the symptoms, while Trichology seeks to resolve the true issue. When it comes to treating hair and scalp maladies Trichologists are best suited to find a solution. While Dermatologists are medically trained, most don’t specialize in the study of the hair and scalp. This results in the issue that is causing hair loss being overlooked. Holistic health is the most effective way to heal the scalp and regrow hair because the primary focus is to heal the body and restore health.
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