Updates in Alopecia - PRL sponsors San Antonio Dermatological Society meeting

Updated: Apr 30

PRL was proud to support local dermatologists by sponsoring the January 20, 2022 San Antonio Dermatologic Society Meeting.


Renown dermatologist, Amy McMichael, Professor and Chair of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Dermatology Department, gave a fantastic overview of her expert mindset approach. She reviewed helpful diagnostic clues and updates in treatment for difficult to treat alopecias including Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA), Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), Alopecia Areata, and Androgenetic Alopecia, in addition to key features and differences in these diseases that can be seen in patients of color.


There are many different causes of alopecia, and often they can have overlapping clinical features. In this case, a biopsy can be helpful to reach the correct diagnosis, and is considered mandatory if a scarring alopecia is suspected. A 4 mm punch biopsy is considered standard so that enough hair follicles are present to evaluate.


In the event a biopsy is needed to help diagnose an alopecia, PRL takes meticulous care in processing and interpreting the biopsy to arrive at the correct diagnosis so that the patient receives the appropriate treatment plan.