Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is a type of hair loss which operated around the front hairline. This type of Alopecia results in you reseeding on your hairline and around the front of your ears. FFA was only discovered in the hair loss world in 1994 and is also known as Scarring Alopecia or Cicatricial Alopecia. FFA is more common in post-menopausal women with paler skin. It is known to be a gradual process and generally starts at the ears and moves up. It is commonly a symmetrical band along the front hairline. It is also very common for the woman to lose her eyebrows and for her eyelashes to become thin.
What are the causes of FFA?
Scientists believe that this hair loss condition has a connection to your hormones as it affects mainly women who have been through the Menopause. Although Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia has a connection to hormones there is no scientific evidence that hormones cause this hair loss. Scientists do know that the cells (Lymphocytes) which are part of the bodies immune system attacks the Follicle what causes inflammation. It has been reported to have affected women within the same family but this condition is not hereditary. FFA can cause some women to feel a burning or painful sensation in that area which can also be itchy. Some women will have no symptoms at all before she starts to suffer with this.
What treatments are available?
There is not a treatment for FFA which will make your hair grow back as this type of hair loss is irreversible. However there are some treatments available to slow down or halt your hair loss.
There are 7 different treatments available which are:
This treatment is usually used alongside another treatment as it does not slow down your hair loss process by itself.This treatment consists of a gel or cream which is applied to your affected area.
This treatment targets the immune system by suppressing it and reducing the inflammation of the Follicle where the lotion is applied.
This treatment involves having steroid injections in your hairline. This may slow down or halt further recession.
This treatment is used to reduce inflammation and redness of the scalp. The Anti-Biotic usually used are
called Tetracycline and Doxycycline.
This treatment is a 4-6 month trial treatment which may help your FFA become inactive, however the risks involve damage of eyesight.
This treatment can halt or slow down your hair loss.It targets your immune system and reduces the inflammation of the Follicle. The drugs are called Mycophenolate Mofetil.
This treatment includes oral Finasteride and Dutasteride. This treatment helps stabilise your testosteronelevels (hormone found in Men and Women). This treatment is used as there is significant evidence that it play a role in Male/Female pattern Alopecia.
How can i disguise my FFA?
Many women decide to have a fringe cut into their hair. Although hair will be thin because of the hair loss this could always be thickened up by a few fine extensions. These extensions will be very natural and undetectable. Other women prefer to have a custom made Frontal piece made for them. These can be taped on or even bonded.
If you have lost your eyebrows or if they are thin, there are eyebrow make-ups available.Also Semi permanent eye brow tattoos are something that can be considered as this is an issue your will always face.