Losing your hair can be difficult, causing a loss of confidence and embarrassment. There are various types of hair loss, and different treatments for each type. Here we’ll be discussing scalp injections for a certain type of hair loss, called alopecia areata. This condition affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S, according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an immune-related response that affects hair follicles causing hair loss, usually on the scalp. However, hair loss can be seen on eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair. It can occur at any age, to any gender or ethnic group. There is usually a family history of having the disorder.
Treatments for Hair Loss From Alopecia Areata
While there is no cure for alopecia areata, however, the your hair follicles remain alive allowing hair to grow back — even after a long period of time.
The first line of treatment for alopecia areata is steroid injections. It works best for people who have patchy hair loss. It is safe and effective within a short treatment time. A steroid is diluted and injected into the skin area where the hair loss has occurred, stimulating hair re-growth. The most common side effect is some discomfort when the injection is given, lasting only a few seconds.
The injections are given one month apart. In most cases, after each injection you often see some hair growth. It usually takes multiple treatments to see a complete result.
See What To Expect From Hair Injections
Steroid injections for alopecia areata don’t prevent new hair loss but can help regrow your hair. Advanced Dermatology Care treats hair loss as well as other medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology issues, including acne, skin cancer, eczema, warts, moles, rashes, vitiligo and shingles. Our offices are located in the Fairfield County, CT towns of Danbury, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Stamford.
- Jessica Mangiaracina, PA-C