Hi, I'm new here. Was just lurking for a while and fianally got myself registered. So I've been fighting with Alopecia Areata since last Dec. 6 months now, and it is just getting more and more confusing for me. This is my second time. First time was 8 years ago, grew back in about 3 months, and didn't really think much about it. This time around, it started out smaller than the first one, about 2cm in diameter, so I thought it'd grow back like last time. And when I first found it, there was already new hair growing in the middle. The new hair that was growing is now about 3 inches long, and normal looking. However, the rest of the patch grew to be about 4cm now, and 3-4 new patches sprang up nearby. Progression is so slow - both in new growth of hair and the patches - that it's just driving me crazy. Anyways, I've got a doctor appointment today for my second round of cortisone shots, and I've got an urgent questions for you guys. Do any of you have a dent in the scalp where the bald patch is? My biggest patch doesn't, but a smaller one I found just last month is noticably dented, I can fit my pinky finger into it. I did get a steroid shot there last month, but I'm kind of sure the dent was there even before the shot. Also, there is another area where it's itching like crazy and the whole area feels depressed to the touch and I can see a tiny patch starting up there as well. I'm so scared that this might mean that the tissue inside the scalp is damaged. I can't find any information on this on the internet and I don't recall anyone writing about this on the forums I've read. Do you think I have scarring alopecia? Please help!