Southlake PRP Thinning Hair Treatments- Southlake Alopecia Areata Treatments
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease of the hairs characterized by bald spots of complete hair loss on the scalp and/or other areas of the body due to the destruction of hair follicles by body’s own immune system. AA affects over 6.8 million Americans and its emotional impact is quite significant.
There are two types of AA:
- Scarring alopecia areata: Characterized by loss of hairs and hair follicles, the presence of scar tissue or fibrosis and inflammation making the scarring type of AA irreversible.
- Nonscarring alopecia areata; in this type of AA, the hairs are absent but the hair follicles are preserved which makes this type of alopecia reversible
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Alopecia Areata?
AA presents as round to oval patches of bald spots on the scalp, age of onset for most patients is
AA can affect men and women who are otherwise healthy and have no other skin or hair disorders. Age of onset most commonly is in the late teenage years. It starts as round to oval patches of bald spots on the scalp, stress may precipitate the hair loss.
What is the Cause of Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own hair follicles and halts hair growth. There is a genetic predisposition of alopecia areata. It is not a contagious disorder. Although alopecia areata is not caused by stress, it gets worse with stress due to the effect of stress on our immune system.
What is the Treatment of Alopecia Areata?
For small areas of alopecia areata, watchful observation is a reasonable option as the hairs grow back on its own in most cases of a milder disorder. It is imperative to develop adequate stress management to reduce the severity and frequency of hair loss in AA. Traditionally steroid injections into the hair loss areas suppress the immune system to allow regrowth of hair from the dormant hair follicles.
We know that PRP injection therapy for thinning hair from androgenic alopecia works very well for the majority of patients. In 2013 a study was published in the British journal of Dermatology which compared the results of treatment of alopecia areata with PRP vs steroids. The results of the study concluded that PRP increased hair regrowth significantly and decreased hair dystrophy and burning or itching sensation compared with steroid injections or placebo. No side-effects were noted during treatment. PRP treated individuals had fewer recurrences compared with the steroid injection patients.
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