Understanding Alopecia Areata—and What You Can Do About It

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At Full Circle Hair Restoration Center, we like to provide our clients with the why of their hair loss—and then, the what next. We know that our clients want answers. They are losing their hair, and want to know what’s causing it. In addition, they want to know what forms of treatment can be effective in curbing their hair loss and restoring them to their normal look and feel.

That’s why we provide clients with full trichological evaluations, which can help us determine the factors that contribute to their hair loss. One of the most common hair loss factors is alopecia areata—and it is our experience that many clients are unfamiliar with alopecia areata and unsure of what it really means.

What is Alopecia Areata?

Here’s what the condition entails, at a glance. Normally, your body’s immune system is there to fight off foreign invaders—things that might make you unwell. When you have alopecia areata, though, your body actually starts fighting your hair follicles—the place where hair growth begins.

So what causes someone to have this autoimmune disorder? Frankly, the science is still out on this. What is known for sure is that the condition affects men and women equally. And, though it is most common in people under 20, alopecia areata can impact anyone.

Signs of Alopecia Areata

The telltale sign of alopecia areata is that your hair falls out in clumps—leaving smooth, round, hairless patches behind, at various places on the scalp. In some cases, the hair may simply grow thinner across the scalp, but without a “bald spot” per se. And in some cases, the hair will break off and leave short stubs behind.

In other isolated cases, total hair loss can occur—but this is not the norm. Note that there are related conditions called alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis, which can result in permanent balding or in hair loss all over the body. These conditions are both rare, however.

More often than not, those with alopecia areata will regrow their hair, though it can take months—and in some cases, the hair loss does turn out to be permanent. About 10 percent of those with this condition will face permanent hair loss.

Other Forms of Alopecia

While alopecia areata is the most common form of this condition, and the one we see the most here at Full Circle Hair Restoration Clinic, it’s worth noting that there are some variant conditions that are equally troubling. Any of these could ultimately be the cause of your hair loss:

  • Alopecia totalis is basically a more advanced form of alopecia areata; rather than leading to some patchy hair loss, it results in complete hair loss, all across the scalp.
  • Alopecia universalis is more impactful still, leading to hair loss not just on the scalp, but all over the body—including eyebrows, facial hair, etc.
  • Alopecia barbae is a highly specific form of alopecia where the hair loss is just in the beard area.
  • Finally, traction alopecia is hair loss that’s actually caused by hair styling, or by anything else that pulls or tugs at your hair.

To determine which type of alopecia you are dealing with, we recommend having a full trichological evaluation. We can perform some painless, non-invasive testing in a private setting, and help you get to the bottom of your hair loss.

Treatment for Alopecia Areata

There is no “cure” for alopecia areata, and those who experience an incidence of hair loss will likely experience more, later in life. If you believe that you have the signs of this condition, we advise you to either ask your doctor about it or visit Full Circle for a consultation.

There is hope for total hair replacement, whether through a hair system or some other solution. We can help you discover the best solution for your hair loss needs, and start looking and feeling like yourself again. Find hope, even in the face of alopecia areata; join us at Full Circle Hair Restoration Center in Columbus, Ohio, at your next convenience.

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