Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
Frontal fibrosing alopecia describes hair loss and scarring in the frontal region of the scalp and affects mainly post-menopausal women over the age of 50. It is a variant of lichen planus of the hairfollicle.
What are its features?
- Hair loss in a band on the frontal hairline, sides of scalp and eyebrows
- Redness and scale around affected hair follicles
- Single hairs in the bald areas
- Pale, shiny skin with visible veins on upper forehead
- Dark patches of their face
How will the dermatologist treat this?
There is no effective treatment available as yet. Usually it progresses slowly and stabilises after a few years.
A biopsy will provide valuable information regarding the need for prescribing systemic therapy with topical treatment.