Alopecia Totalis (total hair loss from the neck up)
What is Alopecia Totalis
Alopecia Totalis is complete hair loss from the neck up including eye lashes, eye brows, nasal hair and beards in men.
It can be the progression of alopecia areata or present itself quickly as Totalis with rapid hair loss.
Sufferers are mainly young children to middle age but it can also affect the older generations too.
All forms of alopecia can affect the nails causing them to be brittle, pitted or deformed.
It is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that results in the body’s defence system seeing its own follicles as an anti-body. As a result of this the body starts to attack its own follicles causing the loss.
Once a person has suffered with any form of Alopecia it is in their system/genes. This can mean that they could suffer one bout of alopecia or it could be reoccurring. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing but once a person has suffered once, they tend to be more aware of their hair’s activity and if they notice anything unusual, early treatment can nip it in the bud.
Signs of Alopecia Totalis
The body is denude of hair from the neck up including eye lashes, eye brows and beards in men.
Hairs that look broken and are left about 5mm long is a sign of active alopecia, these are called ‘explanation marks’.
Possible Causes of Alopecia Totalis
• Autoimmune disorder
As with all types of alopecia the treatments available are the same. There is no guarantee in the results of Alopecia Totalis although success is higher in Totalis than Universalis as it is a lesser degree of severity.
There are many treatments available including the less natural ones such as steroid injections that can be very uncomfortable and not always successful, minoxidill, propecia and regaine. All three of these need to be continued for life in order to not lose the hair again if they have been successful in re-growing any hair. As stopping often results in the hair loss reoccurring and then a stronger dose is needed to gain results again.
Wigs can be used and these days there are some very natural looking ones that can be styled and cut to suit each individual.
Here at Hove Hair Clinic we prefer to encourage the hair to regrow naturally with gentle products and lots of intense stimulation to the follicles. Our treatments are very relaxing whist also offering intense stimulation using massage, infrared lights, steamers and a selection of products that are selected for each individual.
We have a very good success rate for Alopecia Totalis and we give you the knowledge and tools to home treat yourself in between your in house treatments to aid the quickest and best results possible.
Call us on 01273 711140 to book a consultation where we will correctly diagnose your condition, give you a tailor made pack of products to use at home and tell you the best way forward to improving and resolving your condition.