Scalp Micropigmentation Can Help With Cicatricial Alopecia
You don’t have to be unhealthy to have cicatricial alopecia, as this form of hair loss can be found on fit and healthy men and women. This type of hair loss is also known as scarring alopecia and is extremely rare. Sufferers should get treated as soon as possible to avoid permanent hair loss. Patients who are treated in the early stages can get good results, with most patients able to recover all of their hair loss. It is a progressive condition that can take months, and in some cases years, to develop. So, early detection is obviously of the utmost importance.
What Are The Symptoms?
Sufferers of cicatricial alopecia often find that it starts off with an itchy and painful scalp condition. After a while inflammation and reddening in small areas will start on the scalp, which affects the hair follicles. Their growth is inhibited, and bald patches start appearing on the scalp, with the follicles eventually being destroyed and replaced with scar tissue, which in turn halts the growth of any further hair. This is due to the sebaceous glands being destroyed, thus they are unable to secrete any sebum. Now cells are unable to regenerate, and hair loss becomes permanent.
It is extremely important that an early diagnosis occurs, as this can then assist in the treatment plan that will be required. Medical treatments do appear to work, with anti-inflammatorys used to combat the effects of the body’s autoimmune system. By dealing with the inflammation, if any bacterial infections follow, it becomes easier to deal with these issues with the use of anti-bacterial medication.
The Three Common Types
- Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA): This appears as a narrow straight band of hair loss at the front of the patient’s head, affecting the hairline and temples. It affects postmenopausal women in their 50s and older. The cause of FFA is still unknown, but it may be due to hormonal fluctuations during menopause. There is no treatment at this stage for this form of hair loss.
- Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA): This is the most common form of this type of hair loss and affects both men and women. The hair follicles are destroyed by inflammatory cells, while pressing combs, hair extensions and braids may influence CCCA. Anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed to stop or reduce CCCA.
- Lichen Planopilaris (LPP): This type sees the patient’s autoimmune system attack the hair follicles cells and replaces it with scar tissue. Small areas of white hair, or hair loss, may occur while the touch of your scalp may appear rough, and your scalp may have purple patches. There is no treatment at this time for LPP.
If you believe you have any of these symptoms, then it would be best to have a discussion with an expert, while getting a diagnosis early to halt any further hair loss. Here at Johnathan Gerow SMP, you can chat to our SMP Specialists about treatment to combat alopecia, so contact us now and arrange a free consultancy.