I understand that miniaturization is the first step for most people to begin understanding hair problems. But this procedure seems very exclusive as I have not often seen this on the internet for searches in my area.
I live in montreal Canada and I don’t even know who to look for to consult: Hair Doctor? Hair Specialist? Hair Consultant? I do not know the name of the profession so finding someone to help me is difficult.
What am I looking for exactly? And do you know if this procedure is availible for my area?
Visualizing instruments that magnify the detailed microscopic view of hair follicles, allow the viewer to estimate the miniaturization of all of the hair as compared to the healthy hairs in the field of view. The term ‘miniaturized hairs’ have been around for decades and they are the hallmark of genetic balding. I (Rassman) invented a practical instrument which I called the “Densitometer’ and patented it in the early 1990s so that every doctor could do the analysis. The tool was eventually sold by Radio Shack as a hand microscope for about $12/U.S. There are hair transplant surgeons in Canada, several good ones actually, and you should look for just that, a “hair transplant surgeon” who looks for the health of the hair and makes projection of the long term hair loss pattern with this hand held instrument. If the donor area has significant miniaturization, then the patient may have a poor outcome from a transplant. Now, my $12 hand held instrument is hooked up to video monitors and computerized for about $6,000. Still, although I use the video versions of it that are commercial (I paid about $5000 for mine), I still use the $12 hand version for measurement.
Choose a doctor who does hair transplantation exclusively (not on the side) and who has a good reputation among their patients. Often these people will call themselves a “hair doctor” but it is okay to question someone about their practice if you are unsure. “Hair Specialist” or “Hair Consultant” is likely to be a non-medical professional (in North America), usually knowledgeable about the procedure but not medically trained. I suggest you check their website, visit the doctor’s office and ask to meet many of his/her patients. At our offices in Los Angeles and San Jose, we hold open house events every month, which allow prospective patients to meet actual completed transplant patients, for we always say, what you see is what you are going to get. I personally like photographs, but photographs have the limitation of showing you what the photographer wants you to see. When you actually meet patients you can trust your eyes. Our upcoming Open House event schedule is available on our site. Also, go to the ISHRS site to find a listing of doctors who focus in this specialty and in your area.