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Alopecia Areata Treatment

Alopecia Areata Treatment

There is not a single person in the world who is happy to report hair loss. Hair loss can be caused because of many reasons and one of the common causes that 147 million worldwide are likely to experience at some point in their lives is alopecia areata.

What is alopecia areata?

Alopecia Areata is a one of the most common hair fall disorders. Alopecia means baldness and areata means the patches of hair loss. Alopecia areata causes the hair to fall in small round patches (about coin sized) on the scalp and other parts of the body.

Alopecia areata is not bound by age or gender and most commonly appears in people during adolescence or early adulthood and shows varying degree of effects in everyone who has it. As the hair loss progresses the patches join with each other and the balding area expands covering the whole scalp. The hair usually grows back again in a few months but if left untreated this type of hair fall will occur again. The hair growth and hair fall cycle in alopecia areata is very unpredictable and can last for years. Alopecia areata is not a painful condition but the changes in the person’s appearance can greatly affect the life and self-esteem of the patient leading to depression and anxiety and other emotional issues.  There is no permanent cure for alopecia areata but top hair fall treatment doctors in India can help you with treatments that can help the hair grow back and even prevent future hair loss.

What causes alopecia areata?

The body mistakes the healthy substances as foreign attackers and the immune system goes into defensive mode and starts fighting against the foreign invaders in an autoimmune condition. In this case the immune system attacks the hair follicles and they start to shrink and become smaller leading to thinner hair and eventually hair loss. There can be several contributory factors that trigger alopecia areata such as:

  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Viral infection
  • Hormonal changes
  • Trauma
  • Emotional or physical stress 

Symptoms of Alopecia Areata

In maximum number of cases the first main symptom of it is the appearance of patches on the scalp. These patches can be of several centimetres in diameter. The hair loss also progresses to eyelashes eyebrows, beard, arms, legs, and other parts of body. In some people, the symptoms are slow to appear but in some cases, it can be rapid and irreversible.

Appearance of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata looks like bald areas with scattered hair in the shape of ‘exclamation marks’. These can be broken patches or tapered in the end. The hair usually regrows but the regrown hair is not the same texture and light in colour. It can also happen that when one patch is regrowing another patch may be forming.

How do top hair specialist diagnose Alopecia Areata ?

Alopecia areata is an unpredictable condition and therefore needs a proper diagnosis before hair fall treatment in Mumbai. Even the recovery after hair fall treatment in India for alopecia areata you might or might not get full regrowth of hair. The hair fall treatment for alopecia areata  depends on various factors such as the age of onset, extent of hair loss, changes in nails and other medical conditions.

If you too have been suffering from patchy hair loss then it is important to take hair loss seriously and take a look at your nails. Your dermatologist or hair specialist will examine the hair loss and run some regular blood test to check for immune system deficiencies. A simple trichoscopy and skin biopsy will also help the hair specialist determine the type and cause of hair loss better.

Types of Alopecia Areata

There are several different types of alopecia areata. They are characterized by the extent of hair loss and the hair loss treatment for each type also differs

Alopecia areata: This is the most common type of alopecia in which the hair falls in coin size patches.

Alopecia totalis: This occurs when the hair loss extends to the entire scalp.

Alopecia universalis: This condition occurs when people start to loose hair all over the face including the eyebrows and eyelashes. Sometimes people also lose chest , back and pubic hair.

Diffuse alopecia areata: This looks like pattern hair loss, there are usually no patches, and there is thinning of hair all over the scalp.

Ophiasis alopecia:  The hair loss happens long the sides and lower back of the scalp.

Hair fall treatment for Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata hair fall treatment

The hair regrowth treatment in India for alopecia areata will depend on your age, the location of hair loss and the amount of hair loss you have. If the hair fall specialist in India diagnoses that the alopecia areata is less than a year old then your hair might growth back on its own without much treatment.

Treatment options for Alopecia Areata in India:

There is no one treatment that suits everybody suffering from alopecia areata. Apart from treating the underlying cause of the hair fall trigger, top hair fall specialist in India also recommend the following treatment options for hair fall caused because of Alopecia areata

  • Topical treatments for alopecia areata in India: topical medicinal treatments are available as OTC and by prescription:

Minoxidil, which needs to be applied twice daily. It can be used on scalp, eyebrows and beard.

Antraline irritates the skin to stimulate hair growth.

Corticosteroid creams, foams, lotions and ointments are used to decrease the inflammation on the hair follicle.

  • Intralesional corticosteroid injections: These injections are used to speed up hair regrowth after alopecia areata. They are generally used to treat mild patchy alopecia areata and the treatment needs to be repeated every one or two months.
  • Immunotherapy: In this type of hair fall treatment in Mumbai specific agents are used to provoke contact allergic dermatitis in the treated areas. These trigger the skin into hair regrowth.
  • QR678 Hair fall treatment for alopecia areata: While the above treatments provide a temporary relief QR678 hair fall treatment provides a long-term relief from alopecia areata. QR678 is a mix of hair growth factors that are injected in the area of scalp that is losing hair. The growth factors nurse the hair follicles back to health. QR678 provides long-term relief from hair fall. However patients should remember that hair fall can start from the untreated areas of the scalp.

 

Apart from the treatment patients suffering from alopecia areata benefit greatly with support groups and counselling. By the time the treatment for alopecia areata takes effect patients can also use various options such as wigs, hair fibres, micro blading, eyelash extensions, eyebrow pigmentation etc. to camouflage  the balding area. More than 27% of patients suffering from Alopecia areata benefit from the treatment in India and see full regrowth in 12 months.  Hair fall treatment for Alopecia areata in Mumbai might have a poor prognosis if

  • The age of onset is young
  • The disease is spread extensively
  • The alopecia areata has been persisting for more than 1 year
  • You have alopecia areata of nails
  • The patient is suffering from down syndrome

Diet

Diet also plays an important role in preventing and controlling alopecia areata. At The Esthetic Clinics we advise all our patients to have a diet that contains anti-inflammatory food such as blueberries, nuts, seeds, broccoli, beets etc. These foods reduce the chances of having patchy hair loss and ease the inflammation process.

Alopecia Areata hair fall treatment cost

The price of alopecia areata hair fall treatment in India varies with various factors. Those who seek treatment early and are just on the brink of the onset of alopecia areata can be easily treated with little medications. The cost of alopecia areata treatment in Mumbai will depend on the amount of hair loss, type of alopecia and the underlying health condition that is the trigger of hair fall.   You can discuss the cost of a particular treatment in detail with the hair fall treatment expert in India.

Why Choose The Esthetic Clinics

The Esthetic Clinics, India has a team of dedicated specialist to each procedure unlike other clinics where all procedures are done by one consultant. At The Esthetic Clinics, we have one trained and experienced consultant leading a skilled team of plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons for every speciality. Our team believes in treating each patient with problem specific and customized treatment. For example you might think that an intrusive surgery can only solve your hair and skin problem but in reality the modern treatments used by our consultants can help get rid of the problem in a non-surgical and easy manner as well. If you too have been suffering from the crippling problem of uncontrollable hair fall the expert hair specialist at The Esthetic Clinics, India can help you solve this problem in a simple and effective manner. You too can now enjoy a healthy mane of hair with our holistic hair restoration treatments done by expert hair transplant surgeons.

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Dr. Debraj Shome

Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.



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