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What is alopecia totalis? Definition 2023.
Alopecia totalis or alopecia totalis in Latin, is when we lose or have absence of our hair all over our body and we had it before. It causes a complete baldness. Above all, it affects the mental health of the patient, for not having hair and not having found a solution.
What causes total alopecia?
The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia (a common pattern of male pattern baldness that affects both men and women). But there are many other factors that can also influence hair loss: diet, physical or emotional stress, medications or medical problems. It is therefore important to make a proper medical diagnosis of the type of hair loss in order to choose the ideal treatment for each patient.
Total alopecia treatment
Healthy lifestyle habits (refraining from smoking, eating well and avoiding excessive sun exposure) can help maintain healthy hair and achieve better hair growth. However, today there are no effective medical treatments to stop hair loss. Therefore, it is better to have an accurate diagnosis and early treatment.
However, today there are no effective medical treatments to stop hair loss. Therefore, the most sensitive measure to improve hair prognosis is the correct diagnosis and early treatment of alopecia areata. Treatment varies according to the type of hair loss.
For this reason, it is important to obtain a proper medical diagnosis before starting treatment. For androgenic alopecia, the most effective medical treatments are finasteride and minoxidil. Finasteride, a male pill that selectively blocks the effects of male hormones on hair follicles, is a highly effective treatment with excellent safety. Minoxidil lotion can be used by both men and women. Both treatments should be used daily and for several years to achieve maximum efficacy.
In case of a significant loss of hair density, a surgical treatment can be performed: hair transplantation. This is the transition of hair from the neck area (genetically resistant to baldness) to the area where hair loss occurs. The technique currently used is micrografting, which gives completely natural results. This is a very safe and medically safe surgery performed under local anesthesia. Patients can return to their normal activities in a few days. In addition, it can be generated for other reasons such as low iron, corticosteroids for immune-induced hair loss, treatment of underlying diseases and more.
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