What does CCCA alopecia look like?

What does CCCA alopecia look like?

Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) The first sign of CCCA is often noticeable hair loss in the center, or crown, of your scalp. If you have this type of hair loss, you want to treat it early. Starting treatment early can prevent CCCA from spreading outward and causing more permanent hair loss.

What does CCCA look like?

What does CCCA look like? CCCA starts near the vertex or top of the scalp and spreads in an outward direction. As the process develops, the entire scalp may become involved in the balding process. The involved area is usually smooth and shiny with decreased hair density.

Will my hair ever grow back from CCCA alopecia?

Unfortunately, CCCA is progressive. This means that it spreads over time. As a result, we cannot restore scarred hair follicles. If you catch the issue early, you can regrow some hair but in the very late stages, regrowth is unlikely.

How do you know if you have CCCA?

A diagnosis of CCCA is often made through a clinical examination of the scalp. A dermatoscope, which is a handheld magnifying tool, may be used to view the affected area. The physician may also perform a scalp biopsy (a small portion of the scalp skin is removed and examined under microscopic) to support the diagnosis.

How often should I wash my hair with CCCA?

Comorbid seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is a common finding in CCCA patients, and is attributable to a myriad of factors that limit the frequency of hair washing to no more than once every one to two weeks for a number of women with textured hair.

How do I get rid of CCCA?

Treatment of CCCA involves changing grooming practices and avoiding:

  1. Excessive heat (hot combs/hair straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons)
  2. Traction (tight braids/cornrows, weaves, ponytails, hair extensions)
  3. Chemical relaxers (especially lye relaxers).

How do you fix scarred hair follicles?

“Hair transplantation is often the only way to significantly restore hair to an area affected by scarring alopecia,” Mamelak says. During hair transplantation, hair is taken from another area of the scalp and moved to the area where hair loss has occurred.

What is the best treatment for CCCA alopecia?

The most common form of treatment is anti-inflammatory medications. For mild CCCA, patients are often treated with topical steroid medications, which is self-applied by the patient, and a possible combination of local corticosteroid injections in the scalp performed by the physician usually in 4-8 week intervals.

What is the best shampoo for CCCA?

Anti-seborrheic shampoo (ciclopirox, ketoconazole, pyrithione zinc) once every 1 – 2 weeks (depending on the hair washing schedule of the patient)

Can stress cause CCCA alopecia?

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) TRAUMA. Trauma– or in other words stress–can have many forms. Physiological stress such as an illness, depression, anxiety or burnout and lastly mechanical stress from abrasive styling and handling your hair can all impact the health of your hair and cause hair loss.

Is CCCA an autoimmune disease?

Factors that could be contributory to the development of CCCA are genetics, history of autoimmune disease, and various hairstyling practices such as excessive heat and tension chemical relaxers on the scalp that are known to be used in the black community.