Lupus and Hair Loss

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's natural protection system attacks its own tissues, causing chronic inflammation. This immune response can affect many areas of the body, including the organs, joints, blood cells, vasculature, and skin. When the immune system attacks the hair follicles within the skin, it can cause weakened or thinning hair, damaged follicles that can no longer support hair, or permanent hair loss. Additionally, many of the medications that are prescribed to treat lupus, such as immune system suppressants, can also contribute to hair loss. If you are suffering from lupus and hair loss, Drs. Robert True and Robert Dorin can create a treatment plan based on your goals, health, and medical history.

Understanding Lupus

lupus definitionLupus is often very difficult to diagnose because the condition shares many symptoms with other diseases. Some are born with a genetic predisposition to developing lupus, and the condition may be brought on by infections, certain medications, or even ultraviolet light from the sun. Symptoms of lupus may be temporary or permanent, mild or severe, and develop suddenly or gradually. Many lupus patients experience episodes, or flares, when their symptoms become exacerbated for a period of time, then improve or even completely disappear before presenting again.

Our practice can help you to once again experience the benefits of a beautiful head of hair.

There is no cure for lupus and treatment is typically aimed at controlling or managing the symptoms. In addition to hair loss, symptoms of lupus may include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Skin lesions
  • Chest pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches

One of the most common signs of lupus is a butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

Hair Loss in Lupus Patients

When a lupus patient suffers hair loss, it can be temporary or permanent. If the hair loss is caused by certain medications, it will typically regrow once the medication is no longer being taken. 

When the immune system attacks skin cells and hair follicles, it can often result in a specific type of scarring called a discoid lesion. When this occurs, it can plug the follicles, inhibiting hair growth and causing atrophy of the surrounding tissues. This type of hair loss is typically permanent, and patients will need to seek treatment in order to restore their hair.

Hair Restoration Options for Lupus Patients

Although hair loss among lupus patients is commonly permanent, there are available treatment options. At True & Dorin Medical Group, we offer different hair transplant techniques that can help patients restore their hair, confidence, and emotional wellbeing. Both follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) can be combined with our unique approach to hairline design, allowing our patients to regrow their own hair for a natural appearance that can conceal discoid lesions. In addition to FUT and FUE, we offer a range of surgical and nonsurgical solutions.

Schedule an Appointment

If you or a loved one has suffered hair loss caused by lupus, please contact one of our offices online, or call (866) 629-0866 to discuss your treatment options. Our practice can help you to once again experience the benefits of a beautiful head of hair.