What You Should Know About Alopecia Areata

For many people whom lose their hair clump by clump, it may seem more like a nightmare than reality. This condition can have a very deep psychological effect on men and women’s lives. It starts with no warning and can be devastating to anyone who must go through this. Some people will get this periodically throughout their life, and some will lose all their hair completely or see patches that appear suddenly and permanently.

Alopecia areata causes a unique form of hair loss different to the more common age-related male and female pattern hair loss and typically strikes before the age of 30. It’s also the most common autoimmune disease – when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, even more common than insulin-dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroiditis.

About 30 percent of individuals who develop alopecia areata find that their condition either becomes more extensive or becomes a continuous cycle of hair loss and regrowth. The most prominent symptom of alopecia areata is patchy hair loss. Coin-sized patches of hair begin to fall out, mainly from the scalp. Any site of hair growth may be affected including the beard and eyelashes.

The loss of hair can be sudden, developing in just a few days or over a period of a few weeks. There may be itching or burning in the area before hair loss starts to occur. The good news is, the hair follicles are not destroyed and in turn, hair can re-grow if the inflammation of the follicles subsides.

The onset or recurrence of hair loss in Alopecia Areata (AA) sufferers is sometimes triggered by:

  • Trauma
  • Viral infection
  • Hormonal changes
  • Emotional/physical stressors

Thankfully, there are treatments that can help regrow hair faster and/or stop hair from falling out. Corticosteroid medicine can be injected into the areas where hair is falling out or missing completely. The injections are done every 4 to 12 weeks. Corticosteroid topical medicine can also be used as an ointment or cream put on the skin. These are often used along with the injections. Immunotherapy medicine is a form of treatment that causes an allergic reaction on the skin – which is what you want. Applying it once a week as a lotion onto the skin of the scalp. Topical Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medicine that helps stimulate new hair growth and slows down balding.

At Modena Hair Restoration we have also had great success with the use of PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma treatments for alopecia areata hair loss sufferers. PRP is an injection of a patients own blood plasma containing a powerful concentration of platelets that deliver an abundance of growth factors to boost healing and hair growth.

SMP or Scalp Micropigmentation may also be recommended at Modena Hair Restoration. Scalp Micropigmentation can be performed on the confined area(s) of balding or the entire scalp, including the areas where you still have hair. This is to ensure that your results not only look natural, but also last a lifetime in case your condition continues to progress in the future. Doing the procedure on the entire scalp can ensure any recurring outbreaks or changes in the patches will all be concealed permanently. This is the most effective and most natural looking solution to alopecia. A fundamental part of Dr. Yazdan’s profession is to improve the quality of life for all his patients. The results of an SMP are life changing for our patients.

The decision on the type of treatment depends on the type of hair loss, extent of changes, general health status, the patient’s age, and his/her motivation. Treatment methods should be chosen individually for each patient after an examination with a hair restoration specialist. At Modena Hair Institute, we provide both surgical and non-surgical solutions for hair loss!

 

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