What is Alopecia?
Alopecia areata is a common hereditary condition that causes gradual hair loss on the scalp, leading to patchy and irregular bald spots. Also known as female or male pattern baldness, the amount of hair loss can vary with each individual. The condition can begin to show up as early as childhood. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher offers a number of the most innovative hair restoration procedures, including PRP injectable therapy and low-level laser therapy. Through advanced treatments and customized care, we help men and women attain their cosmetic goals and improve their confidence and well-being. If you are dealing with alopecia or another hair disorder, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio, TX.
What Are the Symptoms of Alopecia Areata?
Some of the symptoms of alopecia areata include:
- Sudden hair loss in patches: Imagine waking up and finding coin-sized patches of baldness on your head. That's typically the first sign for many. One day, everything seems fine, and the next, these small bald spots appear.
- Itching or tingling sensations: Before the hair says its unexpected goodbye, some folks mention a curious sensation — an itch or a tingle — right in the area that's about to go bald. Think of it as a little "heads up" (pun intended) before the hair falls out.
- Smooth bald spots: If you touch these bald patches, you'll find them eerily smooth. No roughness, just a clear, hairless patch.
- Unpredictable hair growth: With alopecia areata, hair can grow back and then fall out again. It's like a fickle friend who can't decide if they want to hang out or not.
- Nail changes: Some people notice their nails acting up along with the hair issues. Little dents, white spots, or a rough texture can pop up.
If you notice any or all of these symptoms, please get in touch with Dr. Boucher and Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio, TX at your earliest convenience.
How Is Alopecia Treated?
Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, leading to rapid reduction of hair. Hair generally falls out in small, round patches on the head. You may initially find locks of hair on your pillow or in your shower drain. The hair loss associated with alopecia is both unpredictable and random. The hair can grow back at any time and then could drop out again. During your office visit, Dr. Boucher will assess your condition and create a personalized treatment plan to help regrow your hair. Based upon the extent and severity of your baldness, Dr. Boucher may recommend one of several options. One of our advanced hair growth treatments is PRP therapy, a nonsurgical treatment that utilizes your own healing proteins to promote the regrowth of damaged follicles. We also offer low-level laser therapy, a light-emitting cap that is worn to encourage the growth of healthy hair.
What causes alopecia?
There is no one answer to this question as the condition can be caused by many factors. In some cases, it may be due to an autoimmune reaction, where the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles. It may also be caused by genetic factors, hormonal changes, or even stress. While the exact cause is unknown, Dr. Boucher can work with you to determine the best course of treatment.
Should I choose PRP therapy or low-level laser therapy?
The best course of treatment will depend on the individual patient. One procedure may be recommended if you are just beginning to experience hair loss, while others are better suited for those who have already experienced significant hair loss. Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic is proud to offer cutting-edge tools and technologies no matter your individual situation.
Are hair loss treatments permanent?
Most alopecia treatments are not permanent, but they can be very effective in slowing down or stopping hair loss. They can even promote the regrowth of damaged follicles. Our experienced team in San Antonio, TX, will work with you to determine the best possible methods for your needs and whether you require follow-up appointments for long-lasting results.
You Have Options
At Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic, we know the frustration, confusion, and embarrassment that may accompany sudden hair loss. We have made it our goal to not just improve your aesthetic appearance but to help you realize why you're losing your hair and what can be done to possibly halt further loss. If you are all set to receive answers and get on the path to a full head of hair, call us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Boucher. We offer hair loss consultations at both of our San Antonio, TX facilities.