One of the many factors that distinguish The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research from other clinics that deal with hair loss is that we believe every case of hair loss is unique. While other doctors may rely on a single technique or piece of technology and then try to make that one approach fit every situation, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis take the time to thoroughly diagnose each and every patient so that a treatment can be formulated that is customized to their specific needs. As you can see in our many before and after hair restoration pictures, common genetic pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, is responsible for the majority of hair loss cases, but it is also important to understand that hair loss can be caused by other conditions as well. Among the more serious of those conditions are the various forms of scarring alopecia, relatively rare disorders that can result in irreversible damage to the hair follicles and permanent hair loss.
Scarring alopecia, known clinically as cicatricial alopecia, results when an underlying medical condition or external environmental factor attacks and destroys the hair follicles, replacing them with scar tissue. In some forms, such as frontal fibrosing alopecia, lichen plano pilaris, lupus erythematosus, and folliculitis de calvans, the underlying condition causes inflammation of the scalp, which in turn affects areas of the hair follicle near the sebaceous gland and stem cell region, vital components that are necessary for the production of new hair. This eventually results in ragged bald patches that are sometimes accompanied by redness, scaling, changes in pigmentation, or blisters. Identifying the specific cause of these forms of hair loss often requires a scalp biopsy, and if they are caught early the progression can be successfully slowed before excessive hair loss occurs.
A related form of scarring alopecia called traction alopecia can also be caused by the stress of everyday styling practices. In this case, the constant pulling and twisting from tight hair styles like pony-tails, braids, or “man-buns” pulls out hair strands from their follicular roots and, over time, those damaged roots are replaced with scar tissue, just as they are in other forms of scarring alopecia. Fortunately, this form of hair loss is usually only temporary and can be easily treated by simply removing the traction from the hair and choosing a different hair style. Many of our patients who have been affected by traction alopecia also experience faster re-growth when treated with non-surgical hair restoration treatments like platelet rich plasma and red light laser therapy.
Because we give every patient at The Griffin Center a specific diagnosis and a personalized hair loss treatment plan, we can make sure that they are getting the treatment that will work best for them. If you are interested in learning more about your hair restoration options, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or answers to your questions about hair restoration and research or contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full consultation.