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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition causing hair loss on the scalp, face, and body


Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata Treatment

What Is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes other areas of the body. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss that can occur suddenly and in small, round patches. While the exact cause of alopecia areata is not fully understood, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The condition can affect individuals of all ages and genders, and the extent of hair loss varies from person to person.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments are often used as the first line of therapy for alopecia areata:

  • Topical Clobetasol: Clobetasol is a potent corticosteroid that helps to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune response in the affected areas. It is typically applied to the scalp or other areas of hair loss once or twice daily. Clobetasol can help stimulate hair regrowth and reduce the progression of hair loss.

Injection Treatments

For more localized hair loss, corticosteroid injections can be highly effective:

  • Kenalog (Triamcinolone Acetonide) Injections: Kenalog is a corticosteroid injected directly into the affected areas of the scalp or skin. These injections help to reduce inflammation and immune activity at the site, promoting hair regrowth. The procedure is typically performed every 4-6 weeks, and multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.


Phototherapy is another treatment option for alopecia areata, particularly for patients who do not respond to topical or injection treatments:

  • Excimer Laser Therapy: The excimer laser emits targeted ultraviolet B (UVB) light, which helps stimulate hair follicles and promote regrowth. Although this treatment is not typically covered by most medical insurances, it has been clinically and scientifically proven to be effective in managing alopecia areata. Regular sessions are required, and results can vary depending on the individual.

Oral Medications

For more extensive or severe cases of alopecia areata, oral medications may be considered:

  • Baricitinib: Baricitinib is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor that modulates the immune response, reducing inflammation and autoimmunity. It has shown promise in clinical trials for the treatment of alopecia areata, leading to significant hair regrowth in many patients.
  • Lifutolo: Lifutolo is another oral medication currently being investigated for the treatment of alopecia areata. It works by modulating the immune system and has demonstrated positive results in early clinical studies. As with all medications, potential side effects and risks need to be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Comprehensive Alopecia Areata Management

Managing alopecia areata effectively often requires a combination of treatments tailored to the individual's specific condition and response to therapy. At True Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists provide personalized care plans to help patients manage their hair loss and improve their quality of life. Regular follow-ups and adjustments to the treatment plan are essential to achieve the best outcomes.

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Patient success stories

Francis S

I found true dermatology through a friend of mine who came here before and came in after discovering hair loss due to an immune reaction that the doctor was able to diagnose immediately. He started me off with some local injections and while i was quite concerned initially due to the large patch of baldness and after a few months it went away completely. Now i can't even spot where the bald soot used to be and i am truly thankful for the treatments. I'm now visiting Dr.sung for preventative hair loss treatments since this seems to be a genetic issue within the family. Highly recommend this caring and thoughtful doctor!!..who would haave thought hair loss could be fixed??!!!

Tina L

I recently saw Dr sung for early signs of hair loss as this is something that runs in our family. He had administered five sessions of the true Derm PRP and several months later i had significant hair growth that people around me have been commenting on. I feel so much more confident and would highly recommend to others and who are also battling out similar conditions. In addition, Dr.sung is very kind and caring which added to the whole experience!