Steroid injections can prevent the immune system from attacking hair follicles in alopecia sufferers . This, in turn, can lead to hair regrowth. The treatment involves a steroid solution being injected directly into the scalp a number of times, and this may need to be repeated every few months. Whilst this treatment option is best suited to those with smaller patches of hair loss, it is still worth considering the long-term side effects of steroid injections which, ironically, can include premature balding. Steroid injections can also be extremely uncomfortable and painful.
However, Beverly Hills, CA, hair restoration specialist Natalie Attenello, MD , says these treatment options are varied with no sure guarantee and hair regrowth can take several months at the very least. "Another treatment option, such as the drugs in these studies, would be interesting because they may provide another treatment modality for those patients who suffer from this condition," she explains. "The FDA has strict guidelines aimed at patient safety, so the hold on the Concert Pharma study is likely for good reason, especially if it is a medication aimed at altering one's immune system . Either way, it should be exciting to see what other treatment options become available with time and technology."