Treating Hair Loss (Alopecia)

 

Hair loss is a common and sometimes devastating complaint in the dermatology office. There are many types of hair loss, and our board certified dermatologists are experts in diagnosing and treating hair loss.

 

Age Related Hair Loss 

Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss and can present with gradual thinning in different areas from males or females. The first sign in women may be widening of the part and thinning around the temples. Male pattern hair loss is more easily detected.

 

Scarring (Cicatricial) Hair Loss

Scarring hair loss involves destruction of hair follicles and can result in permanent hair loss. There are several types including frontal fibrosing alopecia, lichen planopilaris, central centrifical cicatrical alopecia (CCCA), traction alopecia, discoid lupus, and pseudopelade. Early symptoms may include itchy scalp, pain, redness, soft “boggy” texture to skin of scalp, pimples, and may vary by patient and subtype. 

Diagnosis & Treatment for Scarring (Cicatricial) Hair Loss

Scarring alopecia is best diagnosed and treated by board certified dermatologist. Treatments may include injections, topical medications, and/ or oral therapies and can be tailored to each patient’s presentation and treatment goals.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata (AA) is a potentially reversible autoimmune form of hair loss caused by patient’s immune cells attacking the hair follicle. Many times, patients will notice a single circular patch of hair loss but in some cases, AA can involve widespread hair loss on the scalp and occasionally other areas of the body (eyebrows, eyelashes, arms, legs, etc). Because the hair follicle is not damaged by the inflammation there is potential for hair regrowth.

Diagnosis & Treatment for Alopecia Areata

Treatment options include topical creams, injections, and oral medications. Novel targeted therapies for Alopecia Areata have emerged and show great promise for hair regrowth. Drs. Menon and Tracey are excited to offer these options for their patients. 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Platelet Rich Plasma injections are used to supplement hair growth most commonly for age related (androgenetic alopecia) hair loss. Each patient’s own growth factors and nutrients are injected in areas of hair loss. Treatment usually involves three sessions 1 month apart for best results. 

 

Neutroceutical Supplements

Magnolia Dermatology is able to offer exclusive in-office pricing for Nutrafol supplements. Drs. Menon and Tracey can help determine if supplements are appropriate for your type of hair loss and help choose the most appropriate product for each patient.