Trichoscopy, what is it and why is it Important?

Trichoscopy, is a method of evaluating the scalp and hair follicles at a higher magnification, often 30x to 60x magnification but why is taking a closer look so important?

Patients are often surprised to hear that we schedule a full 60 minutes for our medical consultations.  However, to properly treat female hair loss, there is a lot that goes into evaluating and diagnosing the type of hair loss a patient is experiencing.  No step may be more important than trichoscopy, which is a method of evaluating the scalp and hair follicles at a higher magnification, often 30x to 60x magnification.  So why is trichoscopy so important?

Diagnosing the cause and type of female hair loss is often quite complex and to the naked eye many types of hair loss can present similarly, and the patient’s experience can even be similar.  It is not until an experienced practitioner reviews the hair and scalp using trichoscopy that important differences will become apparent.  A recent article in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) titled Fibrosing alopecia in a pattern distribution provided a really great example of this problem.  The article reviewed a newly recognized form of scarring alopecia, known as fibrosing alopecia in a pattern distribution (FAPD).  One of the biggest issues with FAPD is that to the naked eye the hair loss occurs in almost exactly the same way as androgenic alopecia (AGA), also known as female pattern hair loss.  However, how we treat scarring alopecia is very different from AGA and that means if a patient has FAPD, but did not receive trichoscopy by an experienced hair loss specialist, there is a high likelihood they would be misdiagnosed with AGA and not receive the appropriate treatment plan.

When scheduling an appointment to be evaluated for hair loss, make sure that the practitioner will be performing trichoscopy so that you are receiving a thorough examination and can be confident in your diagnosis.  At Medi Tresse all of our consultations come with complimentary trichoscopy and our practitioners are highly trained on how to properly evaluate hair loss based on this extremely important diagnostic tool.

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