Triangular alopecia is a condition that results in hair loss near one or both temples. The temporal patches can range from a complete lack of follicles to a small amount of miniaturized hairs. The loss can be present at birth or begin in childhood. The cause is unknown, but believed to be genetic. Triangular alopecia is a permanent hair loss, but can be successfully treated with hair transplant surgery.
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The pictures below depict a recent surgical restoration by Dr. Mwamba of WHTC in Belgium. This patient has triangular alopecia that has been present since birth.
The magnified pictures show a few miniaturized hairs in the otherwise bald area. Miniaturized hairs are of fine caliber and usually colorless. Also note the direction of the hair growth.
Dr. Mwamba used approximately 600 grafts to fill in the areas of loss. Great care was taken to mimic the natural angulation of each hair. Knowledge of the typical angulation in the temples is paired with observation of the angles in the neighboring areas of hair to obtain the best result. Single hairs were used to reconstruct the detailed temporal hair line.
Dr. Mwamba chose the FIT method to harvest individual follicular units from the donor area to minimize scarring. The pictures below display the healing of the harvested area only 24 hours after surgery.
World Hair Transplant Center (WHTC)
Office of Dr. Patrick Mwamba