The Oscar Conflict sheds light on Alopecia. What are the yypes of Alopecia?
The interaction between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars brought attention to a very important medical condition that many people struggle with- Alopecia. Alopecia effects so many despite their social status, even celebreties like Jada Pinket Smith. In this article I will explain Alopecia. Hair loss effects men and women and can be psychologically debilitating according to a study.
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a general term for hair loss. Alopecia can be non-scarring (reversible) or scarring (non-reversible). There are many types each with their own causes.
What are the Types of Alopecia?
Alopecia Areata: hair loss in round, circular patches. This type of hair loss is commonly caused by autoimmune conditions or stress. Subclasses of alopecia areata include:
- Alopecia Barbae- Loss of hair in the beard area
- Alopecia Totalis- Complete loss on the scalp
- Alopecia Universalis- Complete loss anywhere hair grows
Androgenic alopecia: The most common type of hair loss. Occurs in both male and females. Also know as male or female pattern baldness. This is heredity hair loss. Usually this will present as a classic widows peak or thinning at the crown of the scalp
Telogen Effluvium: This is hair loss or thinning after experiencing emotional, physical, medical, or mental stress. Usually occurs after pregnancy and resolved.
Traction Alopecia: This type of hair loss results from pulling, intentionally or by tight hair designs
In most cases of non-scarring alopecia, a cause can be found and treatments can be initiated to help with hair growth or to slow down the loss . Treatments range from topical and oral medications, Platelet Rich Plasma, Laser Light Caps and Hair Transplantation.
Luckily at Luminary MD, we are the first in the United States to offer TED from Alma Lasers. This is the first device of its kind that offers needle free hair restoration by using Acoustic Sound Waves and Air Pressure to drive medications to the dermis. This combined with the TED + serum, forumulated in Italy that has growth factors and peptides that increases the hairs growth rate, Improves Nutrient and Vessel network that creates a healthy environment for the scalp, and anchors the hair. Results are seen after the first treatment and is the best step to take before hair implants
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