Lichen planopilaris is a type of scarring hair loss (sometimes called cicatricial alopecia) which has the potential to lead to permanent hair loss. Patients receiving treatment have a scalp appearance that looks different than patients not yet on treatment.
The classic features of LPP are difficult to notice in this photo from a patient currently on treatment. Features are much easier to see if a patient has not yet started treatment.
What features are still present? Well, there are many single isolated hairs (rather than hairs in groups of 2 and 3). The hair follicle openings are difficult to make out with certainty which is often a clue to the presence of scarring. In addition, there is a degree of redness around hair follicles.
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