Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Have you or your stylist noticed you’re losing hair around your frontal hairline? If so, several conditions could be to blame. The rarest of these potential causes is called Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA), and the hair loss it causes is permanent. Though FFA is far less common than other causes, the best step a woman with frontal hair loss can take is to obtain a medical diagnosis as quickly as possible. Once you’re sure about the cause of your hair loss, you can take action to fight its progression.

Coping with FFA

Hair loss in the front of the scalp and eyebrows can be particularly difficult, especially for women. The good news is that Occhi Hair Institute has a variety of options for helping women with even the rarest types of hair loss. With professional hair enhancement solutions, we are able to eliminate the appearance of hair loss while making the results undetectable. We even have incredible eyebrow procedure options that give you eyebrows without ever having to draw on or fill in ever again.

A Cicatricial Alopecia

Though it doesn’t usually involve pain or itching, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is similar in some ways to Lichen Planopilaris. Like other forms of cicatricial alopecia, this type of hair loss occurs when healthy hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by the immune system and replaced with scar tissue. It is characterized by the unique band of hair loss it creates around the frontal hairline, and it often progresses to the eyebrows. Since this area has been exposed to less sun than the surrounding skin, it can be noticeably lighter in color than the surrounding skin, creating a visible band. We don’t know what causes FFA, but it is not contagious or hereditary. A scalp biopsy conducted by a dermatologist is the best way to confirm a diagnosis of FFA.

FFA is not Traction Alopecia

FFA is often confused with traction alopecia because they take on similar patterns around the hairline. Traction Alopecia is caused when hairstyles that involve excessive pulling damage the hair follicles and cause hair loss. With early treatment, traction alopecia can often be resolved, and great results have been seen from hair transplants. Unfortunately, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is a scarring (cicatricial) form of alopecia. Since the hair follicles are replaced with scar tissue, hair cannot be regrown, and surgical methods won’t work. The best approach to fighting FFA is to use medical treatment to fight its progression and hair restoration to minimize the appearance of hair loss.

Get to the Root of Your Hair Loss

If you’ve noticed hair shedding or just that something’s not quite right with your hair, visit Occhi Hair Institute for a hair and scalp consultation right away. Early detection is the absolute best way to fight hair loss and take control if you do have a hair loss condition. Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to help.

We Are Always Here

It’s hard enough to find reliable help as a woman facing a hair loss condition, but rare conditions are especially difficult. Though only 3% of women’s hair loss is caused by scarring alopecias, these conditions are to blame for a great deal of suffering. Our team understands, and we’re determined to help women with even the rarest and most confounding forms of hair loss. If you’ve been diagnosed with Lichen Planopilaris or any other form of cicatricial alopecia, you’re not alone. Occhi Hair Institute has experience with these conditions, and our team is passionate about finding options that ease the pain of the hair loss they cause.