I am a 55 1/2 yr old female. I have been diagnosed with “lichen planopilaris”. I am tired of scalp injection. My doctor said the next step is probably 3 hair transplant. There seems to be no information on this disease. Is there anything else that can be done? In addition, I am on a generic rogaine formula. April will make 1 yr. on this product.
Any advice? Also, I know the cost for a transplant vary with different results.
See DermatologyChannel.net for more information on this disease. The problem with transplantation is that if the disease is active and is autoimmune in etiology, then a hair transplant may be doomed from the start. Inactivity of Lichen Planopilaris in the autoimmune arena must be determined before starting the costly hair transplantation process. If you and your doctor believe that it is under control and inactive now or sometime in the future, a test hair transplant with a limited number of grafts (about 10) taken with an FUE approach will tell you if a larger hair transplant procedure will work. Either these grafts will fail to grow (indicating that the disease is still active from an autoimmune perspective) or they will grow (indicating that the disease has become inactive). It should take 5-8 months to determine success or failure of the transplant. For those people who have an autoimmune cause, reactivation of the process is always an added risk.