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Alopecia totalis - hair loss on the entire head

Alopecia totalis, also known as alopecia areata totalis, is an autoimmune disease that manifests itself as all or most of the hair falling off the head.

You then become almost or completely bald.

There are several different treatments you can try to get hair growth going again – like dermaroller or PRP treatment.

Read more about PRP as a treatment

What causes alopecia totalis?

Neither studies nor research have been able to determine the cause of alopecia totalis in some people.

There is a certain heredity in all types of autoimmune diseases known as alopecia– such as alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis.

The disease may start with small patches on the head, or the client may lose hair on only half of the head, and then progress to the client losing all their hair. It can be gradual, but it can also be very fast.

Of the people who experience patchy hair loss, 5% develop alopecia totalis.

Treatment for alopecia totalis

Alopecia totalis is an incurable disease for which there are currently no treatments. However, the hair loss caused by the disease can be alleviated with PRP and dermaroller treatment.

These treatments create a mild and controlled trauma to the skin that allows the disease to focus on healing the damage rather than attacking the hair follicles.

PRP also contributes to increased hair growth thanks to the content of growth factors, which give the hairs a chance to start growing again.

Regrowth after alopecia totalis - how long does it take?

The length of time it takes for hair regrowth in alopecia totalis is individual. For some people, it can take years to regain hair growth, while others never do.

Regrowth with PRP treatment also varies, but the chances of regaining hair growth increase. The treatment also helps the hair to grow faster during regrowth.

Totalis vs Universalis - what is the difference?

Alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis are similar in that they are both autoimmune diseases that cause hair loss.

The difference between the diseases is that in totalis you lose hair only on your head, while in universalis you also lose hair on your body.

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