At its simplest, alopecia is defined by the dictionary as “loss of hair; baldness.” That seems pretty straight forward, and indeed, in many ways it is. However, alopecia comes in many shapes and forms, and especially when looking for an appropriate restoration solution, it is important to be clear about which type of alopecia one is dealing with. Below are a few specific diagnoses of alopecia, which we’ll discuss further in future weeks:
Alopecia Areata – An autoimmune disorder affecting men, women, and children with fairly sudden onset. It is often referred to as “spot baldness” as the first stages typically involve patches of lost hair.
Alopecia Totalis – A rare form of Alopecia in which all hair on the scalp is lost.
Alopecia Universalis – The rarest form of Alopecia in which all hair on the scalp as well as all hair on the entire body is lost including eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair. Affects 1 in 200,000.
Involutional Alopecia – Natural hair thinning that occurs with age. More hairs enter the resting phase and the remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number.
Androgenic Alopecia – Genetic hair loss affecting men and women. In men, it is often referred to as male pattern baldness and can begin in the late teens or 20s. In women, it is often referred to as female pattern baldness and usually begins in the 40s.
Congenital Triangular Alopecia – Unlike other forms of alopecia, Triangular Alopecia does not involve hair loss, but rather, a lack of hair, usually in a patch near the temples, from birth and more often than not, diagnosed during early childhood.
Cicatricial Alopecia – A category of a variety of rare disorders in which hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue, causing permanent hair loss. Affects both men and women, but is uncommon in children.
If you are concerned about alopecia or other causes of hair loss, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation hair loss evaluation at our hair loss treatment center in Fort Worth. Contact us online or call Hair Restoration Institute of DFW a free, private consultation.