Lichen planopilaris is different from other types of hair loss because it is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Anyone can develop LPP, but it usually appears in middle-aged women. It is not contagious. When someone has LPP, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles, destroying them, and replacing them with scar tissue. The inflammation often causes painful or very itchy purplish bumps to appear on the scalp. Since several types of hair loss can cause the patchy pattern of hair loss seen in Lichen Planopilaris, diagnosis can be difficult. Stylists and even doctors can mistake hair loss scattered across the scalp for a more typical alopecia. A scalp biopsy is needed to truly diagnose LPP, and once detected, hair loss cannot be reversed.
How We Can Help
At Occhi Hair Institute, Lynn has brought together the most advanced solutions for women’s hair loss. She tests every option extensively before deciding whether to offer it to her clients. Though hair loss due to LPP can’t be reversed, we have incredible options with Hair Enhancement Solutions as well as treatments to help create a healthy scalp environment and aid in hair growth in surrounding areas.
If you’ve received a diagnosis of Lichen Planopilaris, you likely know that the hair loss caused by it is permanent. It’s very important for women seeking help to understand that a hair loss specialist can hide or fill in LPP-related hair loss, but cannot help damaged hair regrow. The best approach for women facing LPP is to first consider medical options with a physician, and then find a trusted hair loss specialist, who can help replace lost hair and relieve scalp irritation. If you suspect you may have Lichen Planopilaris, tell your doctor or make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible. Though LPP hair loss can’t be cured, its progression can be prevented. When you’ve received a diagnosis, we’re here to help you feel great about your hair again.