Lead to formation of scars
Scarring alopecias are a group of hair loss conditions that lead to permanent hair loss on account of scar formation within the skin. In the early stages of disease, this scar tissue can not be easily seen because it is under the scalp forming around hair follicles.
Over time, more and more scar tissue forms around hairs, causing the hairs to fall out. As more and more hairs fall out these patches of scar tissue can be seen.
The photo shows a typical appearance of a scarring alopecia. Whitish scar tissue is present in some areas. Other areas are slightly red – which is usually a sign of ongoing activity in that area.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887