Alopecia Areata

Understanding Alopecia: How It Looks and How To Treat It.

Alopecia Areata is a form of female hair loss and is an “autoimmune” disease, meaning the body causes inflammation around the hair follicle preventing it from growing. Most often it presents as a coin-shaped lesion or discrete patches of hair loss with sharp borders. 
Less commonly it can be more diffuse. Women with Alopecia can have hair loss in other areas besides the scalp, including eyelashes and eyebrows. While considered a rare type of hair loss, Alopecia Areata still affects almost 7 million people in the US.

While we often speak of Alopecia in general terms, there are actually a few different types of it. The most well-known is Alopecia Areata, which presents as coin-shaped lesions on the scalp, although the loss can occur in other areas of the body. Alopecia Totalis presents as total loss of the hair on the scalp. Alopecia Universalis presents as total loss of hair on the scalp, face, and body. Less common forms are Diffuse Alopecia Areata, which is very sudden loss and thinning across the entire scalp, and Ophiasis Alopecia, which has a unique pattern of loss on the sides and lower back of the scalp.

Symptoms of Alopecia Areata

Coin-shaped lesion

Discrete patches of hair loss with
sharp borders

Less commonly it can be more diffuse

Women with Alopecia Areata can have hair loss in other areas besides the scalp, including eyelashes and eyebrows.

Clinically Proven Treatments for Alopecia

The following are hair rejuvenation treatments that are clinically proven to work.
Research and Scientific Studies

The More You Know - The More You Grow

Update – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy A Treatment Option for Alopecia Areata

Back in 2016 we wrote a blog post about how new research has shown Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to be an effective treatment for Alopecia Areata. It has now been three years since then and we wanted to provide an update on where we stand with utilizing PRP Therapy as a treatment for Alopecia.

What Does The Recent Study of JAK Inhibitors Mean for Patients With Alopecia Areata?

Overall the study was promising for patients with alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, and alopecia universalis as the mean Severity Score of Alopecia Tool (SALT) score improved in all groups

Ask Dr. Wendel: Do I Suffer from Alopecia Areata or Scarring Alopecia?

Today’s “Ask Dr. Wendel” blog post will give an overview of the two most common diseases that can cause thinning and loss. Here are some of the major differences between Scarring Alopecia and Alopecia Areata:

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