Hair loss can affect both men and women of virtually any age, but just about everyone who notices the first signs of thinning has one thing in common: they want to learn as much about it as possible so that they can minimize it. Doing your research will not only help you figure out exactly what is going on, but can also give you some valuable insights into what treatment options are available. However, as anyone who has tried to do this research can tell you, hair loss is far more complicated than most people think. There are many different technical terms, and especially acronyms, that can be difficult to decipher. In an effort to help patients get started, here is a list of some of the acronyms we use most frequently at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and Dermatology Associates of Atlanta.
- AA – Alopecia Areata: A condition that causes the body to form antibodies against hair follicles, potentially resulting in patchy hair loss in any hair-bearing area – but most typically on the scalp, eyebrows, or beard.
- CCCA – Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia: A form of scarring alopecia where healthy hair follicles are replaced with scar tissue, resulting in permanent and irregular hair loss.
- DHT – Dihydrotestosterone: A hormone found in both men and women that is believed to be the main cause for the miniaturization of the hair follicle in common genetic pattern baldness.
- FFA – Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: A form of scarring alopecia characterized by a symmetrical band of hair loss on the front and sides of the scalp, along with progressive thinning of the sideburns and the loss of the eyebrows.
- FPB – Female Pattern Baldness: The most common form of genetic pattern baldness, which in women is characterized by a diffuse thinning of hair or hair loss in a rectangular pattern at the front portion of the scalp.
- FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction: A surgical hair transplantation technique that involves the removal of individual follicular units using a specialized device rather than the surgical removal of a small portion of the patient’s scalp.
- FUG – Follicular Unit Grafting: Also knows as the strip method or follicular unit transplantation (FUT), this form of hair transplantation surgery involves the surgical removal of healthy hair follicles in a strip taken from the side or back of the patient’s scalp.
- MPB – Male Pattern Baldness: The most common form of hair loss (also known as genetic pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia) that affects an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States alone.
- PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma: A form of non-surgical hair restoration treatment where the patient’s own blood is used to stimulate natural healing factors and encourage follicular growth
- RLT – Red Light Therapy: An innovative non-surgical hair restoration treatment that uses focused, red-spectrum light to increase the energy production around the hair follicles and awaken cells from dormancy into an active growth phase.
- TE – Telogen Effluvium: A usually temporary condition that occurs when external factors disrupt the hair’s natural growth cycle, trigging a disproportionately large number of hairs to shed all at once.
At the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, experts like Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis have been treating all forms of hair loss for more than forty years and know all of the most advanced options for treatment. If you have any questions about your hair loss, or if you would like to learn more about the various surgical and non-surgical hair restoration procedures we offer, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.