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Understanding and treating primary cicatricial alopecia can be frustrating for both patients and physicians.  Patients struggle with fear and apprehension of what the future holds, and physicians can become frustrated trying to properly diagnose these challenging conditions and determine best treatments. One thing is clear —to produce the best possible outcome, it is essential for proper diagnosis as early as possible for every patient. SAF’s mission is to provide the most up-to-date, cutting edge, and comprehensive information for physicians and medical professionals who are treating patients with scarring alopecia.


Primary Cicatricial Alopecias, Part I

Primary Cicatricial Alopecias, Part II

A  comprehensive  two-part education article that reviews primary cicatricial alopecias according to the working classification suggested by the North American Hair Research Society.

Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC, Leonard C. Sperling, MD, and Jerry Shapiro, MD, FRCPC Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Bethesda, Maryland; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and New York, New York.

*link provided with permission by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, December 2016.  

Medical Therapies for Scarring Alopecia

A review of the medications used for patients with cicatricial alopecia with the key points for each treatment.

Presented by Lynne Goldberg, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA, at 2018 CARF Patient Conference, Philadelphia PA

Surgical Treatment of Scarring Alopecias

A review of the surgical treatments available for patients with cicatricial alopecia.

Presented by Nicole Rogers, MD, FAAD, Hair Restoration of the South, New Orleans, LA at 2018 CARF Patient Conference, Philadelphia PA

What’s Causing This Condition? 

A review of the causes of cicatricial alopecia and questions that researchers are trying to answer.

Presented by Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Donovan Medical Vancouver, Vancouver, BC at the 2018 CARF Patient Conference, Philadelphia PA

Research Review Panel

A review of ongoing cicatricial alopecia research projects.

Presented by Dr. Maryanne M. Senna from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. George Cotsarelis from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ronda Farah from the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Brigitte Sallee from Columbia University.


Cicatricial Alopecia, overview of causes and treatments
Nicole Rogers, MD and Yolanda Lenzy, MD

Recap of Research Presented at the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting
Kristen Lo Sicco, MD; Kumar Sukhdeo, MD, PhD; Jerry Shapiro, MD

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