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Doctor insights on: Scarring Alopecia Causes

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26 yo. Tiny bald spot on head (~5 mm) with very slight pinkish hue. Has been there for months. What could be the cause? Will it grow back? Cyst scar?

26 yo. Tiny bald spot on head (~5 mm) with very slight pinkish hue. Has been there for months. What could be the cause? Will it grow back? Cyst scar?

Bald spot : There are several possible causes of a small bald spot including earlier injury, infection or skin condition. In most cases the hair eventually grows back. Or it might be the first sign of a temporary or permanent hair disorder. If the patch enlarges, see a dermatologist for assessment. Find out more at http://dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/hair-loss.html. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Shaved my head for summer.I see 6-7 small(eg:0.25cm) white scars/patches. Missing few hairs on sides of forehead(soft skin).Is it alopecia. Any remedy?

Shaved my head for summer.I see 6-7 small(eg:0.25cm) white scars/patches. Missing few hairs on sides of forehead(soft skin).Is it alopecia. Any remedy?

It may be: It may be an old scar where hair did not grow and as long as it is only in that area and when your hair grow that area is covered you need not do anything for it .If you feel you need to do anything more consult a dermatologist who can tell you after exam if you will ever grow hair in that area. ...Read more

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Will scars be visible with an endoscopic brow lift to decrease forehead lines? I am bald; not my choice. What else would you recommend for the lines?

Will scars be visible with an endoscopic brow lift to decrease forehead lines? I am bald; not my choice. What else would you recommend for the lines?

Botox and fillers: Scars will be visible with an endoscopic brow lift especially in a bald patient. The lift is really meant to address the brow position with some secondary benefit of reducing forehead wrinkles but not markedly. I would consider botox and fillers. ...Read more

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Have bald spot on scalp below the scar from sebacious cyst(size of small hazelnut) removal form 1 month ago. Will hair regrow back?

Have bald spot on scalp below the scar from sebacious cyst(size of small hazelnut)  removal form 1 month ago. Will hair regrow back?

Maybe, maybe not: It may be too soon to tell yet. Har will not regrow in the scar itself, and it's hard to predict what will happen in the area around it. The healing process is not complete yet and it may take a while for things get back to normal (weeks to months) Don't get scars sunburned, though, or they become permanently red. ...Read more

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I have d deficiency , scarring alopecia and a positive ana, but neurologist does not feel ihave lupus. Is there a connection w alopecia?

Yes: There is a connection between alopecia and lupus, but this isn't enough to convince most rheumatologists that this is lupus. A full survey of symptoms and complete physical examination will be critical. Ana positivity is seen in lupus, but interestingly, is seen more in people without lupus. All lupus patients have ANA positivity, but only a few ana-positive patients have lupus. ...Read more

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What else would you suggest for a bald man who does not want the scarring from a coronal forehead lift nor the illusion of an even higher forehead?

Low brow position: The most common scenario is that of a low brow position. Options include: a browpexy via an upper bleph incision, and brow lift via a direct incisional approach with a scar hidden in the eyebrow area, and an endoscopic brow lift, which has several small incisions in the scalp. Best to see a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the differences in detail. ...Read more

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I was wondering, I have alopicia on my scalp, not the scarring kind but patches, i wanted to get a body wave to make it look fuller, will that damage the ?

No: I am assuming what you have described is alpocia areata which is considered an auto immune condition. Standard hair treatments such as coloring, permanents or hair waves are not ordinarily a problem in this type of hair loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more