FUT, FUE Shave, and Beard to Scalp Procedure
Alopecia is a general term, and, despite incorrect usage of the word by many media outlets, is not a specific diagnosis per-se. There are numerous causes for hair loss and it can occur anywhere on the body where hair grows. Some types of alopecia are temporary and can potentially be treated, while others are permanent.
An itchy scalp is a widespread symptom that brings many patients in for a consultation. Itch or pruritus is an uncomfortable tingling or uneasy sensation associated with a desire to scratch. Ranging from mild annoyance to an uncontrollable, disabling condition, scalp itch is a significant and distressing symptom of different cutaneous and systemic diseases. There are many reasons for itching, and details can get confusing, so this information serves as a reference for those struggling with scalp itch and searching for answers. This information was taken from “Scalp Itch: A Systemic Review”.
I wanted to discuss scars and wounds in places where hair is typically grown. The skin on the body heals by forming a scar, usually unavoidable, and different scars on different body parts can more noticeable and prominent than others. Typically these scars on the body can be responsive to plastic surgery correction, but what if the scar is in a hair-baring area like the scalp or beard area? You can't always just cut the old scar out of these locations.
I wanted to share the account of a female patient I have been treating for almost two years. Her health background comprises traits other women may have in common, and her areas of concern are shared among many. Additionally, before seeing me, the hair restoration treatments she attempted for her areas of concern are popular-priced alternatives used (successfully or not) at home.
I address this topic the most, but it’s always worth repeating. If keeping your hair is important to you, the slightest change you notice either in texture or "thickness" or just a little more scalp is visible - this is concern enough to make an appointment for a treatment recommendation. Do not wait. Be proactive about hair restoration. The phrase “better late than never” does not apply to hair loss. Your mentality should be "better early than late."
I have been following a 48-year-old female for the past year who was diagnosed with breast cancer some three years ago and was experiencing generalized thinning over her scalp and eyebrows when she came to see me. She was negative for the gene mutation of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes with no positive nodes at the time of surgery when she underwent bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction.
Before consultations, I ask new patients to fill out a detailed questionnaire which allows for providing information I need to determine the etiology of their hair loss. In general, during the consultation, I am looking to assess the pattern and course of hair loss as well as any associated symptoms.