How Do You Treat Cutis Verticis Gyrata?

Q: Dr. Eppley, These are a few pictures of my crown and a short video of my head. The hair on the ridges is sparse but in the furrows there is some. I’m not sure if I’m losing hair in this area due to mail pattern baldness or the cutis verticis gyrata. I just want to know my options for conceiving this. Wether it be a hair transplant over it or cutting it out.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures and the video. What you should do is based on how large of an area is involved in your scalp and how progressive or stable the cutis vertices gyrate is. If the area is small and stable and is not causing any other symptoms, it be left alone. I do not think it necessarily is causing hair loss but may just be spreading the follicles out further as it expands. (although I can not say for sure whether it is) The involved scalp area should only be excised if it can all be removed and should first have tissue expansion. The scalp is not very flexible and will leave a wide scar if it is all removed at once. If the scalp area is larger and it seems to be growing, then excision would not be advised. You may consider fat injections or PRP injections in an effort to treat it although such treatment is theoretically beneficial but not yet proven.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana