What Is Polarized Light Microscopy?

Polarized light microscopy is a contrast-enhancing technique that allows a view of the fine details of a strand of hair and its follicle. The strand of hair is broken down into polarized light components under the microscope. The optical properties of refraction and absorption provide in-depth information about the health of the hair strands.

What Information Can Polarized Light Microscopy Provide?

Polarized light microscopy can tell us a great deal about the health of your hair and the origination of your hair loss. Below are just a few of the primary conditions this technology can detect:

  • Anagen miniaturization
  • Anagen dystrophy
  • Malabsorption issues
  • Poor general health
  • Absence of root sheaths (Indicate poor health)

By understanding the health of your hair, our certified experts can better understand the cause of your hair loss and viable options to effectively treat it and restore natural, healthy hair growth.

Track the Progress of Hair Growth

Polarized light microscopy effectively tracks progress for those undergoing treatment to restore natural hair growth. Your stylist uses polarized light microscopy to establish a baseline and then follows up with benchmarks to determine whether a treatment is effective and, if so, how effective. If results show a treatment is not as effective as expected, alternate routes can be explored. The ability to track and quantify the effectiveness of natural hair regrowth treatments means that as little time as possible is spent on treatments that do not work for your situation.

How Does Polarized Light Microscopy Work?

15-20 hairs are carefully extracted from the client's head. These hairs are then placed under a microscope and analyzed. A crystal breaks down light into its visual components, which are colors. White light is an electromagnetic wave, and the frequency of the wave determines the color of all the objects we see. So, the beam that enters the strand of hair is the same. Then, when passing through, the strand retains different frequencies and expresses a color. By analyzing the colors of the follicle, the head, and the body of a strand of hair, we can tell the dimension and mass of each strand of hair and the phase it is in.

How Can Polarized Light Microscopy Help You?

Polarized light microscopy aids in your hair loss restoration journey in a couple of different ways. First, we can use polarized light microscopy to determine which hair loss treatments are viable options for your situation. This takes some of the guesswork out and saves time.

Secondly, for those undergoing hair regrowth treatments, we can understand how well a particular treatment is or is not working and adjust as needed.

See How Polarized Light Microscopy Can Help You

Advancements in technology have led to significant improvements in hair loss treatments. Polarized light microscopy is an effective way to precisely diagnose, track, and monitor hair loss and regrowth treatment progress. Mane Image Hair Replacement Center believes in providing the best service to our clients. This means being on the cutting edge of hair loss treatments and using the latest technologies and methods to ensure the best results possible. Hair loss is emotionally exhausting. Trust the number one hair restoration studio in Merrillville, Indiana, to make your journey to a full head of hair stress-free.