What is Cicatricial Alopecia or Scarring Alopecia?

Skilled care is required to treat Cicatricial, or as it is more commonly known, Scarring Alopecia.

Dr Malay Mehta offers treatment for Scarring Alopecia for residents of Mumbai and surrounds based on the latest research and using the latest techniques.

Diagnosing Scarring Alopecia involves a biopsy, where a small sample of the affected tissue is examined to gain insight into the type, location, and severity of inflammation. Book a consultation with Dr Mehta today and read on to learn more.

With Scarring or Cicatricial Alopecia, Mumbai men and women are affected by an inflammatory condition that destroys the hair follicle. The result is most oftenscarring and permanent hair loss.

By diagnosing and treating this form of Alopecia, Dr Mehta can help to restore your hair and boost your confidence in the process.

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Causes of Cicatricial Alopecia

Cicatricial/Scarring Alopecia is an inflammatory  condition which damages the hair follicle and can lead to permanent scarring. This damage may stem from some kind of trauma, such as burns or severe infection. The inflammation affects different cells, including lymphocytes, affecting both men and women.

Researchers do not fully understand the cause of the disease , but it is known that it destroys oil glands and the stem cells of hair follicles causing the permanent scarring. . It is believed that the condition is not hereditary in nature and therefore can affect anyone but it rarely affects children. 

Early Signs of Cicatricial Alopecia

Cicatricial Alopecia can progress differently for everyone. This process can take years, sometimes with minimal symptoms. However, in others, it progresses rapidly, causing burning and itching. Affected areas will often turn red and develop a form of scaling or pustules.

Symptoms of Cicatricial Alopecia

Along with hair loss, burning and itching the following can also be symptoms of Scarring Alopecia:

  • Pain in hair roots
  • Burning sensation on scalp
  • Formation of crusts
  • Red blisters
  • Smooth bald patches on scalp
  • Pigmentation
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Treatment Of Cicatricial Alopecia

The best treatment path for Scarring Alopecia will depend on the type of cells causing the inflammation. Some options can include oral, biologic, topical, or injected anti-inflammatory medications.

Dr Mehta will assess your condition to understand both the cause and the best method to treat your specific symptoms and condition. The first step is to book an appointment to have a full clinical assessment  with Dr Mehta and his specialised team.

What are the types of Scarring Alopecia?

Primary Scarring Alopecia can be grouped into three main categories;

  • Lymphocytic
  • Neutrophilic
  • Mixed

These three categories further encompass frontal fibrosing, lichen planopilaris, central centrifugal, pseudopelade and folliculitis decalvans.

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Best Cicatricial Alopecia Treatment for Hair Growth

Hair transplant surgery may be an effective treatment option for certain types of Scarring Alopecias but a full clinical examination will be required by someone such as  Dr Mehta to determine the best outcome in your specific case.

Some of the hair transplant procedure offered by Dr Mehta include:

How Does Cicatricial Alopecia
Treatment Cost in Mumbai?

Due to the varying and complex nature of Scarring Alopecia, an accurate cost for treatment will most often be determined once Dr Mehta has performed an initial consultation and evaluation. Once this has been done, a full, no-obligation quote will be provided, discussing costs, timelines and the process required to help reach a solution for your situation.

How can Dr Mehta help with Cicatricial Alopecia?

Dr Mehta is one of Mumbai’s most highly regarded Dermatologists and Cicatricial Alopecia Surgeons, including in the treatment of Cicatricial Alopecia. He has MBBS, and MD in Dermatology, and is renowned in Mumbai for his expertise in dermatological treatment.

Dr Mehta has perfected his transplantation techniques after years of working with some of the world’s best cicatricial alopecia surgeons. The Malay Mehta Aesthetic Clinic can help you on the path to reducing your Scarring Alopecia and once again feel confident in your skin. Contact 91 – 8758691345 or drmalaymehta@gmail.com to organise your initial consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know more about Scarring Alopecia? Our FAQ section has further information that may help.

Unfortunately, Scarring Alopecia is considered a type of permanent hair loss as it destroys the hair follicles, replacing them with scar tissue. However, the hair loss can be treated and rectified with a transplant procedure, Dr Mehta can also help to prevent further hair loss and scarring.

Diagnosing Scarring Alopecia requires a qualified specialist such as Dr Mehta, who can perform a clinical exam and biopsy. This process involves taking a small sample of affected tissue and examining it. Based on the examination the type, location, and stringency of the inflammation can be determined and the type of treatment can be decided upon.

The prevention of Scarring Alopecias requires the elimination of the microbes that trigger the inflammation. The primary way to achieve this is with oral antibiotics or, in some cases, retinoids. However, all of this must be prescribed by a doctor after an assessment of your specific condition.

Whilst not rare, primary Cicatricial Alopecia can be found in around 7% of patients that visit specialist Cicatricial Alopecia clinics. These patients often have one or more patches of permanent Alopecia present.

There are many shampoos that can help to treat a range of Alopecia types, but there is no one size that fits all. Dr Mehta will be able to recommend the best products to help with your condition after an assessment.

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