There are many different forms of hair loss. We broadly classify hair loss into the "scarring" forms and the "non-scarring" forms. Patients with scarring forms (also called scarring alopecia) may experience hair loss accompanied by symptoms such as itching, burning or even scalp tenderness/bruising. Some patients, however are completely asymptomatic. The hallmark of all scarring alopecias is the loss of the follicular openings or "pores" when examined up close. Rather these areas are replaced by scar tissue - as shown here in this photo of a patient with a scarring alopecia known as lichen planopilaris (LPP).
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299