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Location: New York City, NY
Age: 29 years old
Hair Loss Started: 24 years old
Hair Loss Prior to Treatment: Gradual
Treatments Tried Before: None
Diagnosis: Scarring Alopecia – Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
Treatment Plan: Supplements, Minoxidil, Clobetasol Solution
Sara was a new patient to the new Medi Tresse New York City, NY office. Her hair loss started at around 24 years old. Her concern was the hair loss on the crown of her head. Her goal for herself was to have healthy, thick hair where she can feel confident to wear her natural hair, instead of wearing wigs and protective styles to cover up the hair loss.
She has not tried any previous treatments prior to her initial consultation with Medi Tresse. She came to Medi Tresse seeking a solution to have healthy, thick hair once more. She was diagnosed with Scarring Alopecia, specifically Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA).
Scarring Alopecia is a less common type of hair loss, which is due to inflammation around the hair follicle. There often are areas with white scales surrounding an area of inflammation, which then leads to scarring in that area. The hair follicles are actually destroyed and disappear.
Over the years, Medi Tresse has noticed an increase in the number of patients with Scarring Alopecia. While part of the reason for this is that the medical community is becoming better at identifying, we also do believe that the incidence of scarring alopecia is increasing. There is some evidence that certain harsh hair care practices may contribute to some forms of Scarring Alopecia, such as the use of chemical relaxers from a very young age. This type of hair loss is much more common in women than men, with some studies reporting as high as a 4:1 ratio of women to men. There is some evidence to suggest an autoimmune cause, and there may be a genetic component as well, but more research definitely needs to be done.
There are several types of Scarring Alopecia, with the most common being Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), Lichen PlanoPilaris (LPP), and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA). As Scarring Alopecia can be permanent, Medi Tresse’s goal with any patient that may have a Scarring Alopecia is to quickly confirm the diagnosis and aggressively start treatment.
With all of our treatments, we have three main goals: stop further loss, make the hair you have thicker, healthier, and if possible regrow hair. We like to remind all of our patients that attaining any of these goals is a success.
Sara and the Medi Tresse team decided that the best treatment plan for her would be a Clobetasol Solution, Minoxidil, and hair loss supplements. Clobetasol is a corticosteroid used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. However, it is also a strong anti-inflammatory, which makes it a good option for patients experiencing Scarring Alopecia.
Minoxidil is a topical formula to help promote hair growth, and can assist with the effects of scarring alopecia.
Lastly, supplements for hair regrowth are important for any individual going through female hair loss. As a part of the Healthy Body Bundle, the Tresse Fortifier, Revitalizer, and Prebiotic are exclusively sold by Medi Tresse. The Healthy Body Bundle addresses total body inflammation starting in the gut while supporting nutritional factors that may play a role in hair growth and shedding in a three-step oral program. Nourishing your body with the prebiotics it needs can grow and regrow stronger, longer, fuller hair.
This natural supplement for hair regrowth is able to be shipped to anywhere in the United States and delivered right to your home. The Medi Tresse team recommends booking an initial consultation to determine if the Healthy Body Bundle is right for you.
Combination therapy for Scarring Alopecia is available at the following Medi Tresse locations: Boston, Worcester, Westchester, New York City offices, and the Chattanooga office.
The before and growing photos below are four months apart for Sara's combination therapy for scarring alopecia. Sara is happy with the current results and is excited to continue her treatment plan with the Medi Tresse team.
All case studies are from real patients at Medi Tresse affiliated practices, and may not reflect the typical patient’s experience, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Individual results may vary. However, these results are meant as a showcase of what these patients have achieved. Not all patients can achieve the results depicted here and it is important to speak with your Medi Tresse practitioner about your individual case and the best treatment plan for you.