Trichoscopy can be an adjunctive tool in diagnosis or form the basis of it and be the main test to determine the nature of a hair or scalp problem.
The trichoscopic examination is simple and painless. The doctor applies a trichoscopy device to the scalp and observes a magnified image of the skin and hair on a monitor.
Trichoscopy can diagnose many hair and scalp diseases, such as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, dandruff, scalp psoriasis and many others. It also helps monitor the effectiveness of treatment.
No, the trichoscopic examination does not require special preparation. However, the hair should be clean and dry, and there should be no hair styling products on the scalp.
Trichoscopy should be performed if you notice any worrisome changes on your scalp or hair, such as excessive hair loss, the appearance of bald patches, changes in hair texture, or scalp problems.