Will a Hair Transplant Work for Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia?

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Question: I was diagnosed with frontal fibrosing alopecia seven years ago but the hair loss seems to have stabilised. Would a hair transplant work with this condition?

Answer: Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) is quite a rare and progressive type of scarring hair loss and falls under the category of cicatricial alopecia.

Hair transplants are not deemed suitable for most cases of scarring alopecia unless the hair loss is inflicted through a burn or a scar resulting from a surgical procedure. This is because there is usually an autoimmune problem involved or, as in your case, there is scarring and inflammation underneath the skins surface that is causing the hair loss.

A clever hairstyle might help disguise the frontal hair loss so it's worth discussing with your hairdresser. Although it is technically possible to perform a hair transplant procedure on someone who has frontal fibrosing alopecia, most specialists would advise against it because there is always the chance that transplanted hair could be attacked also. Even if your hair loss has stabilised or is in remission, there is always the possibility that it could recur if other hair was transplanted to the affected area.  If you would like personalised advice on this, you can receive this in person at a consultation with a respected hair restoration surgeon.

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