As any clinician offering hair loss treatments in their clinic will tell you, hair loss isn’t confined to the well-known male and female pattern hair loss. Alopecia Areata (AA) is a disorder of the hair follicle that is common in both men and women. Unlike other forms of alopecia, AA is caused by an autoimmune reaction that occurs when the immune system incorrectly attacks the hair follicles in the body. The condition is generally impermanent, with 50% of people experiencing regrowth after about a year.
The current estimated prevalence of alopecia areata is 0.001% with 2% of the worldwide population likely to experience alopecia areata at some point in their life. The disorder can occur in both adults and children and does not have greater effects on a particular sex.
Whilst anybody can suffer from alopecia areata, it has been found that people with a familial history of auto-immune disorders have a higher prevalence of AA. Similarly, people with existing autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis have been found to be more likely to experience the disorder in their lifetime.
The most recent research has found that despite popular belief, stress is less likely to cause AA than genetic causes, however chronic levels of stress could potentially trigger hair loss.
It is most common for alopecia areata to present on the scalp as round, smooth patches of alopecia generally less than 3cm in diameter. Whilst symptoms most commonly appear on the scalp, people may also experience hair loss on other parts of the body such as the eyebrows or beard.
Once diagnosed with the disorder, some people many only experience a single bout of hair loss, whilst others will have to deal with the symptoms in intervals throughout their life.
Offering safe, non-invasive and effective treatments for hair loss, including AA, in aesthetic clinics is an opportunity that shouldn’t be underestimated. While, for some sufferers of AA, the hair can grow back on its own, other cases may require medical treatment. Steroid injections, creams and tablets are often used, with Corticosteroid being a popular medication. However, these steroids are often very potent and consequently cannot be taken for too long without possible side effects, such as high blood pressure.
Tricopat, on the other hand, is safe, painless and effective, making it an invaluable treatment to add to your clinical portfolio. The technology combines skin micro-incision and pressure waves to:
1. Create instant blood microcirculation for tissue oxygenation
2. Stimulate the tissue’s cellular metabolism
3. Deliver active ingredients safely to the hair follicles
Tricopat has proven efficacy, which will be music to your patients’ ears. In a recent study, of the 20 patients undergoing this treatment, 60% demonstrated significant improvement after six months, 30% demonstrated moderate improvement.