Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Alopecia Treatment

Alopecia does not require treatment because it does not pose a risk to a person's health. Treatment focuses on medications that help to promote hair growth. However, drug therapy does not always result in improvement. Drug therapy for alopecia may include topical corticosteroids, anthralin therapy, corticosteroid injections, minoxidil, and finasteride. Surgical procedures used to treat alopecia involve transplanting plugs of skin that contain hair, to areas without hair. Sometimes, a flap of hairless skin is removed, and the space is covered with a flap of hair-covered skin.

Treatment for alopecia may include:

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Alopecia Hair Systems

Hair systems used to treat alopecia include:

  • Hairpieces
  • Hair weaving
  • Hair extension

Alopecia Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat alopecia:

Alopecia Surgery

Surgical procedures for the treatment of alopecia include:

  • Hair flaps
  • Hair transplants
  • Scalp reduction
  • Scalp lift
  • Tunnel grafts

Alopecia Hair Flaps

Hair flap procedure for alopecia:

  • Portion of the skin that contains healthy hair follicles is removed from the back of the scalp.
  • This portion of skin is then implanted into the front of the scalp.

Alopecia Hair Transplant

Hair transplant procedure for alopecia:

  • Healthy hair follicles are surgically removed from the scalp, and then implanted in the bald area.
  • Usually, each transplant segment consists of 1 to 5 hair follicles.

Alopecia Scalp Lift

Scalp lift procedure for alopecia:

  • Parts of the scalp are loosened from the underlying tissue and a patch of bald skin is removed from the scalp.
  • The skin then stretched and edges are brought together, in order to close the opening.
  • This brings parts of the scalp that have healthy hair follicles closer together, reducing the area of baldness.

Alopecia Scalp Reduction

Scalp reduction procedure for alopecia:

  • A portion of the scalp is removed, and the edges of the opening are closed.
  • This reduces the area of baldness.

Alopecia Tunnel Grafts

Tunnel graft procedure for alopecia:

  • Small pieces of skin are removed from another location of the body.
  • These pieces of skin are formed into tiny loops, and then they are inserted into the scalp.
  • The small loops are used to attach a hair piece, so that the hair piece is attached securely to the scalp.

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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