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Get to know exciting new treatment options for hair loss... Your renewed confidence awaits!

Alopecia Areata Treatment The volume, density, and quality of your “crowning glory” may have evolved. We empathize with the emotional toll that alopecia areata or hair loss takes on the men and women that we treat from across the Chicagoland area. Fortunately, treatment options have also evolved. The array of medications and therapies available at the offices of Dermatology Specialists of Illinois effectively fight hair loss and, in doing so, restore your confidence, outlook, quality of life, and well-being.

Getting to the root of hair loss

Alopecia refers to hair loss in general. It’s normal to lose some hair, but if your hair is noticeably thinner, bald patches have appeared, or clumps are falling out when you brush or wash, you may benefit from the specialized knowledge of our board-certified dermatologists, Drs. Vikram “Vic” Khanna and Lauren Boshnick. Once sources of hair loss have been accurately identified, our doctors suggest effective ways to restore volume.

For example, alopecia areata represents a specific type of hair loss. This disease may cause hair to fall out in patches and all over the scalp (or body). It often occurs in otherwise healthy people whose immune systems attack the hair follicle roots. It can also be associated with certain autoimmune diseases. The condition may resolve independently or may persist for many years.

Our team encourages hair regrowth with various medications or therapies at our offices. These medications include:

  • Topical products (Minoxidil, steroids, JAK inhibitors, or imiquimod) are applied directly to the scalp to slow down thinning and accelerate growth.
  • Injections (corticosteroids) may be used in the local area to minimize inflammation.
  • Drugs taken orally (Finasteride and dutasteride) get to the source of baldness by reducing a male sex hormone, DHT, which has been implicated in damage to the hair follicles.
  • Nutritional supplements support healthy hair growth.
  • Laser-assisted therapies promote enhanced circulation and healing.
  • JAK inhibitors represent one of the newest ways to interfere with the immune system signals responsible for inflammation and autoimmune conditions, including alopecia areata.

The ABCs of JAKs for hair loss

Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitors are a category of medications designed to block the enzymes that trigger immune system overactivity and inflammation. In turn, the reaction that is responsible for this disease is reduced. JAK inhibitors that are FDA-approved for hair loss at the time of this writing include:

  • Litfulo™, which is a pill taken by mouth once each day. It has been approved for use in both adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older. It may be prescribed to individuals with severe alopecia areata. . By blocking erroneous and destructive signals, Litfulo™ decreases the number of immune cells that attack and damage the follicles. In around six months, nearly 25% of patients reportedly saw significant hair regrowth that re covered at least 80% of their scalp hair loss.
  • Olumiant® is also a once-a-day pill taken orally (with or without food). It is approved for use in adults with severe alopecia areata. It also works inside the body by disrupting the signaling process responsible for immune system overactivity.. In clinical studies, up to 22% of adults with 50% to 100% of scalp hair loss reportedly experienced significant hair regrowth – with 80% scalp coverage 36 weeks after starting treatment with Olumiant®.
Hair loss manifests in a variety of different ways. This distressing condition also has many potential causes and contributors. Contact Dermatology Specialists of Illinois to get one big step closer to restoring a highly visible aspect of your appearance and your overall well-being along with it.

During a consultation at one of our Chicagoland locations in Algonquin, Woodstock, Lake Barrington, or Huntley, IL, one of our doctors will examine your scalp and hair, conduct a thorough medical review and family history, and order lab tests to better understand what is responsible. We can only treat what we know, and this process informs effective treatment options, many of which are available at our specialty practice—call (844) 307-7546 today.
Dermatologist Specialists of Illinois Dr. Vikram
Dr. Lauren Boshnick Dr. Lauren
Dr. David Othman Dr. Othman

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With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Vikram "Vic" Khanna began his education and training at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. He was the chief resident at the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and continues to update and refine his extensive skills with daily advances in the industry.

As a board-certified dermatologist, he continues to dedicate his time to serving his patients of all ages and provides general, cosmetic, and medical solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. He was also recently certified for Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lauren Boshnick is committed to providing her patients the highest-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. She is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and is also interested in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She pursued specialized training in dermatology at top medical centers worldwide, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and Oxford before completing her residency at Florida State University, where she served as chief resident.

After training, Dr. Boshnick worked in a private practice in Florida, performing complex skin cancer surgeries and providing cosmetic dermatology services. She is a member of the AAD.

A board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. David Othman has over 10 years of experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

With a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Othman completed his training at Indiana University. He is currently Program Director of the Cook County Hospital residency program, Assistant Professor at Rush University, Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Having published numerous articles and presented at national conferences, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.