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Emily’s Alopecia Areata Story

When its back-to-school time, children, like Emily, and their families are busy gathering all of the school supplies that theyll need for a new year but there was an extra something that Emilys mother knew she would need to feel confident in school.

Emily has Down Syndrome and Alopecia Areata, a common autoimmune disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and anywhere on the body, and Emilys mother knew that Emily wanted to have hair for the first day of school.

Alopecia Areata usually starts with one or more small, smooth bald patches and occurs in males and females of all ages, but most often develops in childhood. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation says that over 6.8 million people in the United States and 147 million worldwide have, or will develop, Alopecia Areata at some point in their lives.

When Emilys mother first contacted Christoffels Hair Restoration she spoke to Sara, and there was pain and uncertainty in her voice as she asked for help. But as a mother of three girls herself, Sara was immediately drawn to Emilys story. Mothers naturally want the best for their children, and Sara felt that it was a privilege to help precious little Emily get ready for kindergarten. Emily is one of the most beautiful little girls you will ever meet!

Emily has a small but growing patch on the top of her head. We were able to design a small human hair system that would fit in that area. The system is similar to a contact lens, with one or two hairs injected into it at a time. During the process, Emily was promised ice cream if she sat still.

Emilys mom was overjoyed with the final result. Emily is beautiful both inside and out, and even though she doesnt need hair to let her love and personality shine, the joy she had when she looked in the mirror was priceless. The human hair system can be braided, curled, flat-ironed and styled however she desires. Emily is looking forward to trying new styles with hair bows and enjoying her ice cream!


a portrait of Sara Tims for Christoffels Hair Restoration in Sioux Falls, SD

It’s time to feel good about your hair again.

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