How To Treat Alopecia Areata? 5 Best Alopecia Areata Treatment Options at Ziering Medical

Many things can cause hair loss and one of them is alopecia areata — an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles causing them to stop growing.  People with alopecia areata typically experience sudden hair loss in non-scarring small patches across their scalp. The cause of alopecia areata is unknown but current evidence points to genetics. Alopecia Areata may appear during childhood and even in your early teens; however, it is more common in patients in their 30s. 

Corticosteroids are frequently the first line of treatment prescribed to address this type of hair loss and may be administered as an injection into the scalp, taken orally in a pill form, or massaged into the scalp as an ointment, cream, or foam. While hair transplant surgery is not typically a treatment option for people managing Alopecia Areata, Ziering Medical does offer other hair regrowth solutions which may be appropriate for people with alopecia areata. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating alopecia areata so it’s important to consult with our team of hair loss specialists and hair transplant surgeons.

Oral and Topical Medications

For patients looking to manage or stop their hair loss and regrow their hair, oral and topical medications such as finasteride and minoxidil can help. Finasteride prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that causes the hair follicles to shrink leading to premature hair loss. Many of our male patients who have taken finasteride experienced visible hair growth or no further hair loss. 

On the other hand, minoxidil is the only FDA-approved topical medication for hair loss in women. Minoxidil dilates the blood vessels in the scalp, allowing more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to reach the hair follicles. This stimulates the hair follicles’ growth phase and prolongs it, directly counteracting the follicle-shrinking effects of DHT.

Ziering Medical’s oral and topical medications

Medical Treatments

Aside from hair medications, Ziering Medical also offers innovative medical treatments like KeraLase and Z-Factors. KeraLase is a safe and painless procedure that combines the power of laser therapy with KeraFactor®️ Serum. This serum contains a unique blend of keratin protein and other nourishing ingredients that promote scalp health and hair growth. 

Meanwhile, Z-Factors contain naturally occurring growth factors and hyaluronic acid that help revitalize the dormant hair follicles. Unlike PRP, Z-Factors does not require drawing blood from the patient. This makes it a more convenient and less invasive approach to hair restoration than PRP.

Many patients respond favorably to treatment and experience hair regrowth in the bald patches caused by Alopecia Areata; however, some patients don’t get the results or hair regrowth that they had hoped for. This type of hair loss can return, so working with a specialist is key.

Stem Cell Banking 

What if you can store your own younger stem cells for future use? It may look like a scene from a sci-fi movie, but it’s possible. Ziering Medical is proud to offer the world’s first non-invasive, follicle-based cell preservation solution – Acorn Biolabs. 

The hair follicle is a tiny organ that consists of hundreds of different interacting cell types, including versatile stem cells and primary skin cells. Having your cells banked and maintained in their youthful state is an incredibly valuable asset for your access to future regenerative treatments. 

All these cells are accessible by simply plucking 50 hair strands, making the hair follicle a non-invasive cell source for regenerative treatments in the future. If you’re looking to get ready for the future of regenerative hair loss treatments, we now offer hair follicle cell banking with Acorn Biolabs! 

This is currently the most accessible, safest, and only non-invasive adult stem cell banking available to consumers. Contact us to learn more!

At-Home Hair Products 

Are you looking for hair loss products that can help with hair loss? Ziering Medical offers a variety of effective and trusted hair products that are designed to support your hair regrowth and your personal hair restoration journey, including the topical, KeraFactor. 

Our KeraFactor™️ Scalp Stimulating Solution delivers powerful growth factors and proteins into the scalp and nourishes it while also promoting vascularization. This helps revitalize dormant hair follicles and stimulate hair regrowth. 

If you want to enjoy the benefits of laser therapy in the comfort of your own home, you can purchase our own Ziering Laser Cap. It is a portable, wearable device that can help slow down hair loss and increase the luster and shine of your hair. The Ziering Laser Cap is frequently recommended in combination with other non-surgical treatments like KeraFactor®️ Serum, ZMIN, and ZFIN,  as well as oral medication and supplements.

Hair Transplant Surgery 

For those looking for a permanent solution to hair loss, hair transplant surgery is recommended. Our hair transplant surgeons are highly proficient in performing both follicular unit excision (FUE) and Microscopically Dissected Elliptical Excision (MDEE), formerly known as FUT. 

These two techniques primarily differ in how the donor hair are harvested. FUE hair transplant involves extracting individual follicular units from the donor area and transplanting them to the recipient areas. This method requires that the donor area be shaved short to give the surgeon increased visibility of the donor hair. 

On the other hand, MDEE involves removing a strip of tissue from the donor zone, usually on the back and sides of the head, and transplanting the individual follicular units into the recipient areas. This technique is usually recommended for women because it doesn’t require shaving the donor area.

How Much Is Hair Transplant Surgery?

The price can vary significantly, ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. The key factor influencing this price range is the number of grafts needed to achieve your desired outcome. Generally, the more grafts needed, the higher the cost of the procedure. It’s important to consult with a hair transplant surgeon who can assess your specific needs and provide an accurate estimate tailored to your unique circumstances.

What To Consider Before Getting a Hair Transplant

Your results rely on your surgeon’s experience, skill, and artistry. Because your donor hair is limited, you’ll want to work with a hair transplant surgeon who has a proven track record of successful hair transplants supported by a wide collection of beautiful before and after photos.

Led by multi-awarded hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Craig Ziering, the Ziering Medical Team is one of the best hair transplant surgeons in the country. 

We serve patients all over the greater Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as well as the greater Southern California area from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills to Newport Beach and San Diego. Call us to schedule your consultation today. 

Hair Transplant Surgery Before and After Photos

This patient received 1,700 grafts on his FUE hair transplant to restore his receding hairline and rebuild his temporal peaks. See more amazing before and after photos like this. 

Look at these early 6 months results! Often times the results are subtle but the photos speak for themselves. 2,501 FUT grafts with plenty of growing left to happen. See more amazing before and after photos like this.