Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a type of scarring hair loss that occurs more often in women than men. It causes hair loss along the frontal hairline as well as several other areas including the sides and back of scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair.
This picture shows a very typical appearance of the frontal scalp in FFA. There are numerous single hairs, many with scale around those hairs (called perifollicular scaling). A few broken hairs are seen and one hair in the picture is markedly twisted (a phenomenon known as "pili torti"). This is mild scalp redness.
Many treatments are available as we have reviewed together previously. This patient was started on a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor (finasteride, 5 mg) along with pimecrolimus cream (Elidel) and steroid injections. Clobetasol proprionate shampoo (Clobex) will be used weekly and reassessment will be done in 4-6 months.
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