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Fagron TrichoTest™ is a genetic test and software solution, developed by Fagron Genomics, to support healthcare professionals in personalising treatment for hair loss. It combines the analysis of genetic variations, lifestyle factors and literature related to hair loss treatment. It suggests individualised treatment options through topical, oral or surgical solutions.

Fagron TrichoTest™ analyses 3 polymorphisms within 16 DNA mutations (SNPs), analysing a total of 48 genetic variations. Detecting SNPs facilitates the understanding of specific characteristics of the metabolism of a patient that are related to hair loss. All SNPs used in Fagron TrichoTest™ have been scientifically validated from population studies, presenting a significative global incidence.

 

After the analysis, Fagron TrichoTest™ provides the hair loss consultant, trichologist or advisor a final report with suggested formulations for hair loss treatment, personalised for each patient, based on:

 

  • Results obtained after analysis of the genes involved in 7 categories of hair treatment options.
  • Information about patient characteristics and lifestyle, provided via a questionnaire completed by a clinician on the Fagron Genomics website.

The genetic variations analysed by Fagron TrichoTest™ are associated with 7 different hair loss treatment categories:

  • Prostaglandins metabolism
  • Inflammation
  • Androgenic effect
  • Vasodilation and blood circulation
  • Collagen synthesis
  • Deficit of vitamins and minerals
  • Insulin metabolism

The association of the analysed genes with hair loss treatment possibilities is based on more than 50 scientific publications and evidences.

Each kit contains:

  • 2x buccal swabs;
  • 2x informed consent forms;
  • 1x instructions of use leaflet.
  • Every Fagron TrichoTest™ test kit is identified by an unique ID number. A label with the ID number is placed on each swab tube, on the informed consent forms and in the outer part of the box.

An informed consent form is a legal document signed by a patient that provides Fagron Genomics the permission to analyse their DNA sample. Moreover, it should also be signed by the clinician, acting therefore as a legal document for the pre and post genetic analysis consultation.

 

There are two copies of the informed consent form inside the box. One signed copy must be kept by the clinician and the other signed copy must be sent to Fagron Genomics. No sample will be processed by the laboratory without the respective signed informed consent form.

The quantity of DNA required for the analysis is obtained with an oral swab. The procedure to obtain the sample is simple, painless and can be carried in the clinician’s office or consultation room.

The sampling process is simple and is also explained in detail in the instructions of use leaflet present in the kit. 

 

Before sampling:

  • Patients should avoid eating, smoking, alcohol, drinking (water is the exception) or brushing teeth at least 1h before scraping.
  • Patients are advised to rinse the mouth with water before scraping.
  • Informed consents must be filled and signed by the clinician and the patient.

 

During sampling:

  • Removal of the swab from the swab tube.
  • The inside part of one of the cheeks must be scraped energetically with the scraping end of the swab for 1 minute, while rotating the swab.  The scraping end of the swab should only be in contact with the inside of the cheek.
  • The swab must be left to dry for 10 minutes, out of the tube, avoiding contact with any surface.
  • The swab should be stored back in the tube and closed.
  • The process must be repeated using the other swab, scraping the inside part of the other cheek.

Fagron TrichoTest™ provides clinicians with complete information about their patients’ hair loss genetic profile. The genetic characteristics evaluated can influence the effect of certain treatments used for hair loss. To support the clinician, a Fagron TrichoTest™ report is created for each patient, providing suggested personalised treatments for hair loss. This can prevent clinicians from prescribing several try-out therapies, reducing the time needed to find the most suitable treatment available for the patient and reducing the possibility of side effects. 

 

The suggested formulations generated in Fagron TrichoTest™ reports are supported by literature.

The process of analysing DNA is complex. The results are expected to be sent approximately 10 working days after the sample has been received at our laboratory. This includes the time needed to process the sample and to generate a personalised report.

The results report will be delivered to the clinician directly through the Fagron Genomics online platform. The report can be generated in multiple languages.

The technology used to analyse the DNA is widely validated as a platform for genetic studies, with reproducibility and specificity rates around 99%. Fagron Genomics laboratory technicians are particularly trained for this type of analysis and analyse thousands of samples every year, having extensive experience in this process.

Although the methodology used is the best currently available, sometimes it can happen that the sample does not contain enough DNA and it is not possible to provide a reliable result. This may be due to many factors, such as the sampling process was not performed correctly or that the sample was not kept in proper temperature conditions before or during shipment.

No, in this case a new batch of swabs will be sent without the kit box, to perform a new sampling of the patient. If the online registration was already performed previously, it will not be required again. One repeat test will be offered for free.

The results of Fagron TrichoTest™ tell the patient the type of genetic gene mutation they carry and how lifestyle factors are contributing to their hair loss. Fagron TrichoTest™ will then provide several recommendations on the best possible treatment to counter gene mutation and lifestyle of the patient.

The results obtained with Fagron TrichoTest™ provide an indication about potential efficacy of hair loss treatment types. The treatment is based upon the gene mutation type of the patient. Patient treatment is then optimised by using the most efficient ingredient, treatment procedure and application.

Personalised treatments are supplied via hair loss clinic or trichologist, there are two types of treatment, one that requires a prescription and one that does not. The hair loss consultant, trichologist or advisor will be able to provide information on how to obtain treatment.

The test is only available via hair loss and aesthetic clinics. Please use the map on our website to search for your nearest clinic and contact them directly to organise a Fagron TrichoTest™.

The report generated by Fagron TrichoTest™ is complex and should be interpreted by a clinician or hair loss specialist. This is why the test is only available via hair loss and aesthetic clinics. Please use the map on our website to search for your nearest clinic and contact them directly to organise a Fagron TrichoTest™.

The test is based on global research and is 99.9% accurate. The test determines the cause of your hair loss and recommends treatment options most likely to work for you. We cannot guarantee each and every treatment option will be successful as there are many variables to consider. You should discuss this with your clinician or hair loss treatment expert.

The cost of your hair loss treatment will be dependent on the type of treatment you have and the clinic at which you undertake it. You should discuss treatment possibilities and pricing with your clinician or hair loss treatment expert.

Yes Fagron TrichoTest™ can be used by everyone regardless of age, gender or race.

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