A Band of Hair Loss
Have you or your stylist noticed you’re losing hair around your frontal hairline? If so, several conditions could be to blame. The rarest of these potential causes is called Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA), and the hair loss it causes is permanent. Though FFA is far less common than other causes, the best step a woman with frontal hair loss can take is to obtain a medical diagnosis as quickly as possible. Once you’re sure about the cause of your hair loss, you can take action to fight its progression.
Coping with FFA
Hair loss in the front of the scalp and eyebrows can be particularly difficult, especially for women. The good news is that Unique Hair Concepts has a variety of options for helping women with even the rarest types of hair loss. With professional hair integration and state-of-the-art hair prostheses, we are able to eliminate the appearance of hair loss while making the results undetectable. We even have an incredible eyebrow product that allows us to restore fullness and texture using real hair, without needles or pigmentation. Flora has found answers for hundreds of women losing hair to rare and difficult conditions. She’s the most experienced resource in our region, and she’ll exhaust all options to find the solution that helps you feel great about your hair again.
A Cicatricial Alopecia
Though it doesn’t usually involve pain or itching, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is similar in some ways to Lichen Planopilaris. Like other forms of cicatricial alopecia, this type of hair loss occurs when healthy hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by the immune system and replaced with scar tissue. It is characterized by the unique band of hair loss it creates around the frontal hairline, and it often progresses to the eyebrows. Since this area has been exposed to less sun than the surrounding skin, it can be noticeably lighter in color than the surrounding skin, creating a visible band. We don’t know what causes FFA, but it is not contagious or hereditary.
A scalp biopsy conducted by a dermatologist is the best way to confirm a diagnosis of FFA.
FFA is not Traction Alopecia
FFA is often confused with traction alopecia because they take on similar patterns around the hairline. In traction alopecia, hairstyles that involve excessive pulling, damage the hair follicles and cause hair loss. With early treatment, traction alopecia can often be resolved, and great results have been seen from hair transplants. Unfortunately, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is a scarring (cicatricial) form of alopecia. Since the hair follicles are replaced with scar tissue, hair cannot be regrown, and surgical methods won’t work. The best approach to fighting FFA is to use medical treatment to fight its progression and hair restoration to minimize the appearance of hair loss.
Get to the bottom of hair loss.
If you’ve noticed shedding or just that something’s not quite right with your hair, visit Unique Hair Concepts for a hair and scalp consultation right away. Early detection is the absolute best way to fight hair loss and take control if you do have a hair loss condition. Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to help.