What is Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia?

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) is a form of hair loss which can be permanent or scarring in nature.  It is currently classified as a subtype of lichen planopilaris. The cause is unknown but is probably an inflammatory process induced by genetic or environmental factors.  It is classified as a primary inflammatory scarring type of hair loss. That is, it is not from infections, burns, surgical scars, caustic hair products, etc., but is a disease centered around the hair follicle unit itself.  Women with FFA develop mild to extensive hairline recession that can expand around the perimeter of the scalp.  Total eyebrow loss can occur as well.


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