Alopecia Areata Treatment Northern Virginia
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia areata is a type of non-scarring hair loss characterized by a round or oval patch of hair loss typically seen on the scalp or in the beard. There is rarely any inflammation or scarring seen with alopecia. It is an autoimmune condition where the inflammatory cells attack the healthy hair follicles. If the condition extends to the entire scalp and eyebrows, it becomes alopecia totalis. In very rare cases, this condition can result in complete hair loss over the entire body. This extreme condition is alopecia universalis.
Aloepcia Areata is not caused by a virus or bacteria and is not contagious. Alopecia occurs most often in people under 25, but can occur at any age. No-one is quite sure what causes it, but alopecia could be associated with other autoimmune conditions like thyroid disease and Addison’s disease.
What is the Prognosis for Alopecia Areata?
People who develop alopecia areata after puberty have a high probability of growing their hair back: 1/3 of our patients experience 100% regrowth within the first year, with approximately 80% of eventually restore their hair. However, recurrence of alopecia is common and more patches can develop throughout the scalp. Developing alopecia areata as an adult has a better prognosis when compared to patients who develop it at a younger age.
What are the most effective treatment options for Alopecia?
At the Giannotto Clinic we use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to foster and restore growth in the regions affected by Alopecia Areata. In several medical studies, three to four monthly sessions of PRP resulted in growth and remission of Alopecia Areata in 60% of the patients tested, compared to only 27% of patients receiving intralesional steroid (Kenalog) injections.
How soon will I get to see improvement?
The patient typically undergoes a session of PRP monthly for three to four months to complete the treatment regimen. Improvement in hair growth is seen after completion of the second or third session.
Will I get more alopecia related patches of hair loss in the future?
Possibly. Although it doesn’t happen to all patients, individuals who have had alopecia sometimes develop additional patches of hair loss throughout their lifetimes.
Schedule a free consult with Dr. Giannotto either using the online form, or call the office at (703) 556-4247. During the consult, Dr. Giannotto will evaluate your alopecia, and suggest a specific treatment plan for you. Give us a call today!