Alopecia areata is one of the most common hair loss disorders characterized by loss of hair in small, coin-sized, round patches of baldness on the scalp, although hair elsewhere such as the beard, eyebrows, eyelashes, body and limbs can be affected ,too. It may develop at any age.

Dr. Dr. Khakshaee will assess the condition and advises suitable treatment regimen to each one of his patients. This condition can resolve on its own or can be treated with topical or steroid injections.

Steroid injections are used as a treatment for improving alopecia areata condition. Steroid injections work for hair loss that occurs when the body’s own immune system starts fighting hair follicles. The immune system should normally be fighting infections. However in some hair loss disorders, the immune system fights the hair follicle which causes hair loss to occur. Steroids can counteract to stop the immune system from harming the hair follicles.

Before embarking on any treatments, AK Care recommends to have a one to one consult with Dr. AK or our aesthetician. During this session skin and facial assessment will be done. Mutual decision is made as to what treatments can be done. As you all may know, medical and cosmetic skin care is overlooked in lots of people.

Home regimen remedies and professional treatments are routinely needed based on your skin type, colour, ageing and expectation. We ensure that all our patient stay happy and satisfied in their skin.

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Pre-Procedure Care

  • Avoid aspirin, vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo, Evening primrose oil, garlic, feverfew, and ginseng for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and alcohol for 2 days.
  • If possible, come to your appointment with a cleanly washed head.

Post-Procedure Care

  • Avoid lying down for 4 hours immediately after treatment.
  • Avoid applying heat to the treated area on the day of treatment. This includes activities that cause facial flushing including consuming alcohol, hot tub or sauna use, exercising, and tanning.
  • Gently apply a cool compressor wrapped ice pack to the treated areas for 15 minutes every few hours as needed to reduce discomfort, swelling, or bruising up to 24-48 hours after treatment.
  • If bruising occurs, it typically resolves within 7–10 days. Oral consumption and/or topical application of Arnica Montana may help to reduce bruising and swelling.


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What are the benefits of steroid injections in alopecia areata?

When steroid injections are used for alopecia areata, they can help bring about regrowth.

Studies showed that 6 out of 10 patients with extensive alopecia areata that was covering more than 50% of their scalp found that steroid injections helped bring about hair growth.

It is very important to understand that steroid injections do not cure alopecia areata but they temporarily or permanently resolve a patch. The nature of alopecia is that it can come back in the same patch or in a new area at a later time, and having steroid injections does not appear to prevent that.

How many treatments are required?

Treatment is given every 4 weeks, for up to 6 months. Some people only need one or two treatments, while others need the full 6 treatments. The average number of treatments is 3 to 4. Treatment is not extended beyond 6 treatments if there have been no results.

When should steroid injections be performed?

It is believed that steroid injections are likely to be most beneficial within the first month of developing a patch of alopecia areata. It may also be that by controlling inflammation early on, the immune system is quietened down and may not cause patches of hair loss elsewhere in the scalp though this has not been conclusively proven. Steroid injection can however be given at any stage, as recommended by your doctor, even one or two years after a patch has been present.

How is treatment performed?

The skin is first cleaned with an antiseptic cleanser. Treatment is performed using a micro droplet technique. In this technique and very fine needle is used to install a small drop at multiple sites with in an area so as to spread the dose of medication evenly and to reduce the chance of side effects. Treatments takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes. An eyebrow may require about 6 to 8 injections. A patch of hair loss that is 5 x 5cm may require about 10 to 15 small injections. There is very slight discomfort at the time of injection that is short lived.

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Dr. AK offers specialized services in holistic skin health and anti-aging procedures.

During your consultation & skin and facial assessment, mutual decision is made as to what treatments can be done. We ensure that all our patient stay happy and satisfied in their skin.