When I first heard the term alopecia I didn’t know, or realize, that one word does not cover all forms of alopecia. I had a scalp biopsy done when I was 22 and my dermatologist pretty much went “you have alopecia, it’s genetic, we can’t help you. How about you try Rogaine and come back in about 4 weeks, and we’ll see where you are?” (by the way, I do not suggest that anyone use Rogaine…the freakin’ itching!!). So, for 2 years I tried everything. I tried Rogaine, Propecia, Vitamin Supplements (Hair, skin, and nails), etc. None of it worked. I finally found a plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins who specialized in Hair Restoration. My first visit with her she said “Now, what form of alopecia do you have?” ….wait, there are different forms?
I have androgenetic alopecia. This is like Male Pattern Hairloss – men and women. There is alopecia areata, alopecia universalis, alopecia totalis, and on and on. These are some websites with more information (as I find more, I’ll update this list. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!):