Alopecia is a chronic hair loss condition that may be caused by treatable underlying inflammation; it may also be reversible. The 20+ different types of alopecias fall into 2 categories—scarring and non-scarring. Scarring alopecia destroys the hair follicle and leaves behind shiny, smooth scar tissue. Non-scarring alopecias leave the follicle intact allowing the hair to regrow. If you are experiencing alopecia, time equals follicles and I specialize in diagnosing and managing hair loss. I treat scalp conditions by various methods, including injections, topical cortisone creams, compounded solutions, oral medications, and initiating an anti-inflammatory diet.
A few techniques used in our practice are:
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP): This procedure uses stem cells from your blood, along with certain growth factors, and injects them into the scalp to stimulate hair regrowth. This is not an option for scarring alopecias, which may become worse from the trauma of injections.
MEDICAL SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION (SMP): This is a great camouflaging technique for men and women. In men, we duplicate the appearance of follicles on the scalp. This can redefine the hairline and create the "shaven" head look. In women, SMP can shadow their scalp to match the color of their hair thereby creating the perception of thicker, denser hair. SMP is a more permanent alternative to using hair fibers or topical camouflaging powders.
Read more about hair loss at http://www.socahcenter.com/blog. If you are experiencing balding or thinning hair, schedule your consultation to discuss which treatment options are right for your specific hair loss condition.
Dr. Nikki D. Hill, MD, FAAD
Dr. Nikki Hill is a board-certified Dermatologist who is nationally recognized for the diagnosis and management of medical hair loss conditions and creating personalized skin care regimens that prevent and reverse aging. Her concierge style practice helps keep you out of the doctor's office and in your everyday life.