Alopecia Areata at The MW Clinic London
  • Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) is a type of hair loss that primarily affects African American women women of African descent..
  • CCCA is a scarring type of hair loss, which means that there is a potential for hair follicles to be permanently destroyed, resulting in irreversible hair loss. The condition typically starts at the crown of the head and spreads outward in a centrifugal or circular pattern.
  • The exact cause of CCCA is not known, but it is thought to be related to genetics, hairstyling practices such as tight braids or weaves, and chemical treatments like relaxers.
  • Symptoms may include scalp itching, tenderness, and burning. In many patients, there may be no scalp discomfort at all. The hair loss in CCCA is usually slow and gradual over time.
  • Treatment for CCCA typically involves a combination of medications, such as topical, injectable or oral anti-inflammatories. In addition, recommendations may include changes to in grooming habits such as avoiding tight hairstyles and chemical treatments.
  • In some cases where the condition has been stable for many years, hair transplantation may be an option.
  • To book a consultation with our expert dermatologist and trichologist, Dr Sharon Wong, please contact us here or book a consultation online here.