What will we use to diagnose your hair problem?
Trichoscan is the program for the digital measurement of growth and hair loss that we use in CapMédica. It is completely painless and accurate. We can be digitally documented and quantified the diffuse hair loss.
The use of Trichoscan involves shaving an area of the scalp previously defined area (about 1cm²). The surface will be chosen so that after the measurement this cannot be seen. After 48 hours, a staining is applied over this area, after which a microscopic image is recorded at 20X and the analysis is performed with Trichoscan.
The Trichoscan starts from the premise that hair in the anagen phase is growing. After shaving the area, the hair in the anagen phase are the same length as the one in the telogen phase, but after these 3 days the length of hair that is in the growth phase will have increased, enough so that the software detects it and differentiate between anagen and hair in the telogen phase.
That is how Trichoscan automatically determines the amount of hair, its density, the anagen / telogen ratio as well as number and density of hair vellus and terminal. The use of this technique allows the evaluation of the treatments that we have prescribed in CapMedica.
The tricoscopy is a non-invasive and non-painful technique that dermatologists use in hair to improve our diagnostic accuracy.
The Tricoscopia consists of a microscope that uses its polarized light and a system of increase of 10 to 400 times which allows us to evaluate characteristics of the hair and the scalp and thus arrive at very accurate diagnoses of androgenetic alopecia, arapeata alopecias, cicatricial alopecia, lichen Flat pillar … or dermatosis of the scalp (psoriasis, eczemas, lupus …)
Tricoscopia is one of the areas of dermatological trichology that has developed most in recent years. Each problem that arises in the hair or in the scalp could be described as a sum of non-objectifiable signs with a normal scan and can be evaluated by means of tricoscopy. Therefore, any examination of the scalp performed by a dermatologist is performed by means of tricoscopy.
Certain alopecias or alterations of the scalp need to be studied histologically. In these cases, in order to arrive at the correct diagnosis, it is necessary to know, for example, the characteristics of the cells that generate inflammation, if there is a deposit of any substance in the affected area, if there is a hair root or scar or if the sebaceous gland is affected .The only way to obtain these data is by performing a biopsy, extracting a small portion of skin that will be treated by specific stains and evaluated under an optical microscope. In certain cases this skin piece can be cultured or used for immunological techniques.
The tricogram is a test by which we evaluate the situation at the time of the examination of the patient’s hair cycle. It is a test that needs to extract a small tuft of hair that is evaluated under a detailed microscope. This evaluation allows us to know the phase of the cycle in which each hair is extracted, the thickness compared and the characteristics of each stem.
The trichogram is used to increase the diagnostic accuracy of certain alopecias as well as to evaluate the outcome of treatments. Although the characteristics of the stem can be analyzed by means of the tricoscopy, only the tricograma evaluates of direct and precise form the root of the hair.