Alopecia areata is identified by the rapid loss of hair on one's scalp, resulting in patchy and random bald spots. It is an inherited condition with a more gradual process of hair loss, but it can begin to show up as early as puberty in both men and women and is sometimes referred to as male or female pattern baldness. Alopecia is highly common and will most likely affect you or someone you love at some point, which is why Jennifer Dharamsi, M.D. and her team of practitioners offer some of the most advanced hair restoration treatments to patients of all ages. This allows them to attain their cosmetic goals and return to a more enriched life as quickly as a few days after the treatment. Schedule a consultation at Legacy Dermatology in Frisco, TX if you think you have alopecia or another hair disorder.
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Alopecia areata occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in rapid loss of hair. Similarly, androgenetic alopecia results from inheriting hair follicles that are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the testosterone hormone. The hair follicles come under attack and react negatively with the DHT, leading to damaged or scarred follicles. In both circumstances, the hair regrowth cycle is ceased and hair loss occurs.
The most obvious symptom of alopecia is hair loss. Hair usually falls out in small round patches on the scalp. These areas are usually several centimeters or less in size. Hair loss might also occur on other parts of the body. You may first notice clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower. However, other types of diseases can also cause hair to fall out in a similar pattern. Hair loss alone shouldn't be used to diagnose alopecia. The hair loss associated with alopecia is unpredictable and random. The hair may grow back at any time, and it could fall out again. The magnitude of hair loss and regrowth varies greatly from one individual to the next.
Depending on the extent and severity of hair loss, different options are available. For mild alopecia cases, nonsurgical PRP therapy uses your extracted growth factors to promote the regrowth of damaged hair follicles. However, in case a nonsurgical treatment is not effective, a follicle unit extraction (FUE) can be performed. Dr. Dharamsi offers a minimally invasive FUE treatment with a robotic hair restoration system that effectively extracts usable hair follicles and carefully puts them to where the damaged or dormant ones were, covering the balding areas and offering a quick recovery time of only a few days.
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At Legacy Dermatology, we understand the confusion, frustration, and embarrassment that may accompany unexpected hair loss. We have made it our mission to not only restore your aesthetic appearance but to help you realize why you are losing your hair and what can be done to potentially halt further loss. If you are ready to receive answers and head down the road toward a full head of hair, call us now to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting you!