Whatever the reason for the hair loss it can be hugely scary, bringing with it a whole range of emotions. Hair loss is actually extremely common, and yet it is often hard to talk about with friends and family. Feelings of embarrassment, shame, fear, as well as a loss of femininity and identity can all be hugely detrimental to our wellbeing, in some cases it can lead to depression and anxiety. When you start looking for answers you will find no shortage of supplements, shampoos, lotions, oils and other ‘miracle-cures’. Many of the women I see have tried numerous products, spending a small fortune in the process, only to discover they make little or no difference. The key to successfully treating any hair loss problem is firstly to get an accurate diagnosis, only then can an effective treatment plan can be implemented. If you’re dealing with hair loss or thinning book your initial consultation to get a diagnosis and treatment plan.
There are various different types of scarring alopecia, in which the hair follicle is no longer present. Unfortunately, once the hair follicle has been destroyed and replaced with smooth, shiny, scarred skin it is no longer possible for hair to regrow.
Conditions which can cause scarring alopecia include bacterial infections, wounds and trauma to the skin of the scalp, autoimmune conditions such as frontal fibrosing alopecia, discoid lupus, or lichen planopilaris.
Treatment for scarring alopecia will vary and depending on the type of alopecia the aim of any treatment, is usually to prevent the condition from progressing further. To start such preventative treatment a dermatologist referral is often required, and Katrina will arrange a referral where necessary.