Female hair loss that happens in the temple area, borders, or sides of mind could result from a number of distinct disorders. Early detection is essential as scarring may occur with this condition. Once scarring occurs, baldness is permanent.
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
Frontal fibrosing alopecia is a recently discovered condition. It was first described in 1994. Characteristics include symmetrical hair loss along the upper hairline as well as the sides of the scalp. Complete or partial eyebrow loss may also occur. This condition doesn’t happen suddenly. It’s a slow, slow process. The hairless area progressively recedes farther and farther back, forming a “ring” around the top and side borders which resembles a receding hairline. The baldness can extend up to five inches beyond the original hairline. There might be a slight or noticeable contrast in the appearance of skin in the affected region. It can appear pale or somewhat scarred.
The condition was originally called “postmenopausal frontal fibrosing alopecia” because it was initially thought to only affect women of postmenopausal age. Now it’s being seen in younger women also. Although it was once considered quite rare, it’s increasingly becoming more prevalent. The cause is unknown but there’s speculation that the immune hormonal or system system might be involved.
Because it’s a sort of cicatricial alopecia, scarring occurs under the surface. The scarring produces a closure within the affected follicle, which makes it impossible for this follicle to produce hair. Treatment revolves around stopping the development as opposed to attempting to re-grow the hair that has been lost. Early intervention is essential.
Ophiasis is a more severe and dramatic version of alopecia areata. A pattern of hair loss occurs at the temples, behind the ears, along the sides, and extending into the nape (or whole occipital area) of the throat. The bald areas often occur on one side or at 1 area first, slowly connecting with each other to form a ring around the perimeter of the scalp on the sides and across the base of neck area. Ophiasis is a Greek word meaning serpent, referring to the snake-like pattern that’s formed as this state evolves.
With alopecia areata in all its various forms, the follicles aren’t damaged or destroyed so there’s always the potential for regrowth. The prognosis for ophiasis isn’t as favorable as it is in less severe forms of the disorder, but so long as the follicles are still alive the chance is there. Early intervention provides better outcomes.
Because it is an autoimmune disease, good treatment would consist of calming, nourishing and balancing (although not over-stimulating) the immune system, in addition to treating the hair loss itself. Autoimmune disorders need specific anti-inflammatory diet which may also require removal of gluten and other potential food allergens. Natural or synthetic agents might be employed to encourage follicle stimulation and new development.
Traction is among the most frequent causes of temporal thinning in women and girls. This happens from wearing tightly pulled hairstyles consistently for extended intervals. The sustained tension on the scalp strains the follicle, causing the underlying strand to loosen from the follicle. Persistent tension may eventually damage the follicle.
Treatment entails wearing hair loose as far as possible and massaging region with essential oils, coconut oil or coconut to offer nourishment and flow to follicles.