Why is so hard to make the hair grow again on patchy alopecia areata?
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Alopecia areata and future hair growth
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder and transplanting hair follicles into the patch of alopecia as long as the disease is active will not allow for follicle growth. Often a scalp biopsy is done to prove that the disease has subsided. Once the disease is no longer active some patients may have return of hair growth or if no growth they may consider having a other options under supervision of a specialist.
Alopecia areata is considered an auto-immune related hair loss. There is no medication that can make your hair grow.
Alopecia areata is considered an auto-immune related hair loss. There is no medication that can make your hair grow. Steroids are often recommended but there is no clear evidence it may work.
This condition, when active, will attack the follicles in a circular manner. Must be treated with steroids and/or PRP quickly. When the condition has resolved, most of the follicles should return if the treatment were done quickly enough. Otherwise transplant can be done to restore the hairs lost in the region.
Typically 3-6 month wait time is needed to assess the efficacy of the treatment but if the area is becoming larger, must be treated.
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Dermatologist can help
The first thing to do is visit a dermatologist to find out what exactly is the problem. Some times they can fix the problem with a treatment of steroids. If the dermatologist can't fix the problem he can refer you to a doctor who specializes in hair and then find out what is the best solution for you.
Patchy alopecia areata
patchy alopecia areata when it is active, will just attack any hair that is placed in it because the disease is active. An excellent cosmetic approach is scalp micropigmentation, see below
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