Alopecia Specialist

The Dermatology Institute of Georgia

Felicity M. Warren, MD

Dermatologist located in Lilburn, GA & Acworth, GA

Alopecia affects both males and females of all ages and brings many to the Dermatology Institute of Georgia in Lilburn and Acworth, Georgia. Dr. Felicity Warren offers compassionate care for all types of alopecia and can help you find a treatment path that’s right for you. If you’re tired of hair loss and ready for a more lasting solution, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply call the office to find a convenient appointment time.

Alopecia Q & A

What is alopecia?

Alopecia is a medical term that describes hair loss. There are several different types of alopecia, some of which are more common than others.

Androgenetic alopecia

This type of alopecia is often called male pattern baldness and causes more than 95% of hair loss in males. Some men begin losing their hair at the age of 25, and nearly 85% of men experience hair loss after the age of 50. Androgenetic alopecia often also affects females.

Alopecia areata

Approximately 2% of the population develops this type of alopecia at some point. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair roots.

Alopecia totalis

This type of alopecia is believed to be an autoimmune condition. It eventually leads to the loss of all the hair on your scalp.

Alopecia universalis

Also referred to as alopecia areata universalis, this condition involves a rapid loss of all the hair on your body, including eyelashes and eyebrows. Alopecia universalis is also thought to be an autoimmune disorder.

Scarring alopecia

This condition is also called cicatricial alopecia and is very rare. Hair roots are permanently destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. The process can be gradual or swift, and the resulting hair loss is usually permanent.

Traction alopecia

This type of alopecia occurs when your hair is repeatedly pulled back in a tight hairstyle. That tension damages the hair follicles, leading to hair loss.

Is there a cure for alopecia areata?

Currently, there is no cure for alopecia areata. However, Dr. Felicity Warren offers treatment options that can help manage the condition. 

Corticosteroids are helpful for some and work by reducing inflammation on your scalp or other areas of your body. She can administer these medications through injections or as an ointment or cream.

Topical immunotherapy is another treatment option. Dr. Felicity Warren applies a chemical solution to your scalp to provoke an allergic reaction, which prompts hair growth. It may take multiple treatments to produce the desired effects.

There are other medications that can help alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia. Minoxidil, or Rogaine®, can also treat hair loss.

Can hair loss be prevented?

There are steps you can take to slow hair loss. These include:

  • Protect your skin from UV exposure.
  • Reduce stress, which can trigger alopecia.
  • Avoid harsh styling products and aggressive combing or brushing.

It’s important to seek treatment for alopecia as soon as possible. If you’ve noticed thinning hair, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Felicity Warren at the Dermatology Institute of Georgia for a thorough diagnostic exam and customized treatment.