My son, has had alopecia since age 13, when he turned 19 this year he started having laser treatments on his scalp to permantly remove the rest of his hair in order to look more uniformed and without patchiness. After 6 treatments already, the patchiness still exist, but permant damage was done in some areas. Is he now scarred for life @ age 20. Please help!!! He would like all of his hair removed nice and smooth skin, I wish he never would have had laser to begin with and had hoped for hair to regrow. Is regrowth ever possible now?
Regrowth of hair in the presence of active alopecia areata is likely not possible. I would need to evaluate him to understand the complex process and findings you are telling us about. Am I correct to assume that the lasers produced skin damage? Was it skin discoloration or is it real scarring? Is your son also balding from genetic causes? What was the last time he had a diagnosis for determing if the alopecia areata is active now? There are a number of doctors who specialize in the treatment of alopecia areata — has he seen any? It seems your son wants to be bald. There is nothing wrong with being bald (or shaving the head), but being scarred is a problem. Please send me photographs and if they are good quality, I can review the problem with you.
As an aside, bald has been coming into style in recent years and has been more accepted by the “hip” young men of today. It should be clear to most people that the option to shave the head may be lost if you have a hair transplant procedure performed. Anyone with a good hair transplant that uses strip harvesting would have a noticable scar if the head was shaved, even if the scar was only 1mm width in size. This is also true even with the minimally invasive follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique where punctate scars (1mm in size) may be present. The presence of a Master Plan is critical in whatever you do.