Cicatricial Alopecia

Strategies for Managing Scarring Hair Loss

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What is Cicatricial Alopecia?

Cicatricial alopecia, also known as scarring alopecia, is a type of hair loss characterized by inflammation and subsequent scarring of the hair follicles. 


This condition can be challenging to manage, as the scarring prevents new hair growth in affected areas. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and effective management strategies for cicatricial alopecia can help individuals navigate this condition with confidence.

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Causes of Cicatricial Alopecia

Cicatricial alopecia occurs when inflammation damages the hair follicles, leading to irreversible scarring. 


There are several possible causes of this inflammatory response, including:


Autoimmune Disorders: Conditions such as lichen planopilaris and discoid lupus erythematosus can trigger an autoimmune reaction that targets the hair follicles, resulting in scarring alopecia.


Infections: Fungal or bacterial infections of the scalp can cause inflammation and damage to the hair follicles, leading to scarring alopecia if left untreated.


Trauma or Injury: Physical trauma, burns, or other injuries to the scalp can disrupt the hair follicles and trigger an inflammatory response that leads to scarring.


Genetic Predisposition: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing cicatricial alopecia, although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood.

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Symptoms of Cicatricial Alopecia

With cicatricial alopecia, individuals usually will have focal hair loss. 


This means that the hair will be lost in patches. Hair loss could happen suddenly, but usually happens more gradually and over several years. 


While hair loss is the main symptom of cicatricial alopecia, individuals may experience other symptoms as well. 


In addition to hair loss, people suffering with the condition may experience bleeding, redness, blistering, crusting, and a burning sensation.

Cranial Prosthesis

For individuals navigating the complexities of Cicatricial Alopecia, comprehensive care involving medical treatment for the scalp condition, alongside support for the psychological impacts of hair loss, is crucial. 


As a Cranial Prosthesis Specialist, providing empathetic guidance, effective treatment options, and cosmetic solutions like cranial prostheses can significantly enhance the quality of life for those affected by this challenging condition.


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How is Cicatricial Alopecia Diagnosed?

In order to determine if a patient is experiencing cicatricial alopecia, a medical professional may perform a few tests and provide an overall evaluation.


Physical evaluation. A medical professional may provide a physical evaluation in order to determine whether or not an individual is suffering with the condition. This may involve checking the skin where hair has been lost, as well as checking for signs of damage and inflammation.


Medical history. Medical history will also be evaluated to determine if there might be any other medical conditions, as well as determine the length of time that the condition has been present. A medical professional may also perform blood work.


Skin biopsy. A skin biopsy involves a medical professional taking a small skin sample from the scalp. The sample will then be looked at under a microscope. This can help confirm the presence of cicatricial alopecia. 

Cicatricial Alopecia FAQs

Cicatricial Alopecia refers to a collection of hair loss conditions where inflammation destroys the hair follicle, leading to scar tissue formation and irreversible hair loss. 


Unlike other hair loss types, cicatricial alopecia permanently damages the follicle, preventing the possibility of hair regrowth in the affected areas.

The precise cause of cicatricial alopecia is largely unknown and may vary between individuals. 


It's believed to be an autoimmune disorder for many affected individuals, where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles. 


Factors such as infections, injuries to the scalp, or other underlying health conditions might also play a role in triggering the condition.

Symptoms often include itching, burning, and pain in the affected areas of the scalp, followed by noticeable hair loss that leads to smooth, scarred patches where hair cannot regrow. 


The onset might be gradual or sudden, and the hair loss is typically permanent due to the destruction of hair follicles.

Diagnosis involves a thorough examination by a dermatologist, often including a scalp biopsy. 


This procedure allows for a close examination of a small section of scalp tissue under a microscope to determine the extent of follicle damage and the presence of scarring. 


Additional tests, such as blood work, might be conducted to rule out other conditions or identify underlying systemic diseases.

While there's no cure for cicatricial alopecia, treatment focuses on managing symptoms and halting the progression of hair loss. 


Options may include anti-inflammatory medications, such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants, to reduce scalp inflammation. Antibiotics or antifungals might be used if an infection is present. 


For cosmetic solutions, cranial prostheses or hairpieces can offer aesthetic improvement and emotional comfort. In some cases, hair transplantation might be considered for areas of the scalp where scarring has stabilized, and active inflammation has ceased.

Comprehensive Cranial Prosthetic Services at Wig Medical

Hair loss can be a distressing condition, affecting a patient’s quality of life. 


At Wig Medical, we strive to provide expert levels of care. Experience personalized care and support for your hair loss condition at Wig Medical. Book an appointment with our specialists today to explore our range of Cranial Prosthetic services. Let us guide you through the process of obtaining a medical wig covered by insurance, ensuring comfort, confidence, and peace of mind.


Take the first step today towards regaining control over your appearance and reclaiming your self-esteem. 


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