Published online Feb 2, 2015. doi: 10.5314/wjd.v4.i1.33
Peer-review started: September 28, 2014
First decision: November 19, 2014
Revised: December 1, 2014
Accepted: December 18, 2014
Article in press: December 19, 2014
Published online: February 2, 2015
Core tip: Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a recently described form of primary cicatricial alopecia, characterized by progressive recession of the frontotemporal hairline and eyebrow loss, occurring predominantly in postmenopausal women. The incidence of FFA has increased significantly during the last decade and we may be facing an epidemic of the disease. Because this condition causes permanent hair loss, prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential for obtaining optimal outcome. This article reviews existing knowledge on epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, clinico-histological features, diagnosis, and treatment modalities of FFA.