Successfully Treating Traumatic Alopecia

Hair loss caused by injury to the scalp, such as overheating during styling, is known as traumatic alopecia. Unlike other types of hair loss, this condition is caused by behavioral factors. Therefore, it is completely in your control to stop and prevent hair loss in the future. At True and Dorin Medical Group, we are dedicated to helping our patients in New York, New Jersey, and Boston achieve a natural-looking, full head of hair and can help you develop a plan to properly manage your condition. While traumatic alopecia cannot be prevented using medication, the hair may be restored through one of our other treatment options. Dr. Robert H. True and Dr. Robert J. Dorin can perform innovative hair restoration procedures that provide remarkable results. 

What is Traumatic Alopecia?

Traumatic alopecia, or traction alopecia, is categorized as a non-scarring condition. This form of alopecia is characterized by hair loss that occurs without symptoms found on the skin such as inflammation or fibrosis

What Causes Traction Alopecia? 

Smiling woman with braided hairTraumatic alopecia is unique compared to other hair loss conditions as it is caused directly by the patient. The condition often develops as a result of prolonged tension on the hair, which can lead to inflamed follicles or hair that has completely detached from the root. This tension is commonly caused by: 

  • Chemical straightening treatments
  • Tight hairstyles such as braiding or ponytails
  • Hairpieces and weaves that rely on the hair for security 
  • Tight rollers 
  • Headgear such as helmets

Since cosmetic treatments and styling techniques that cause tension are more commonly used by women, it is not commonly a cause of male hair loss. Patients who suffer from trichotillomania, an emotional condition that drives compulsive pulling, twisting, or plucking of the hair, may also develop traumatic alopecia. 

Symptoms and Indicators 

Common warning signs that you may be causing excessive tension and damage to your hair follicles can include: 

  • A scalp that is sensitive to the touch when you take your hair down
  • Itchy scalp when wearing braids or a weave
  • The need for painkillers for a headache caused by a tight hairstyle  

As damage escalates, hair will begin to fall out or become sparse. Typically, this will happen more quickly around the hairline or behind the ears. However, depending on your habits, it can also occur at the crown of the scalp. 

Preventing Further Damage

Traumatic alopecia can be prevented by actively avoiding certain hair styling techniques or lifestyle habits. If you are committed to preventing the effects of traumatic alopecia, you can stop hair loss and in some cases, restore your hair naturally. However, if your hair follicles have been irreversibly damaged, professional intervention will be necessary.

We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve a natural-looking, full head of hair and can help you develop a plan to properly manage your condition.

Professional Hair Restoration 

Our doctors can provide innovative treatment to restore your full head of hair. We offer a variety of surgical solutions for hair loss. A consultation will allow us to evaluate your condition and determine your best treatment options. Your doctor will also provide you with all the details you will need to make an informed decision, including the risks and cost associated with treatment. We are committed to helping our patients make a positive change in their lives that will not only restore their hair but also their self-confidence. 

Individualized Treatment with True and Dorin 

Dr. True and Dr. Dorin have dedicated their careers to helping patients suffering from traumatic alopecia. Their unique approach focuses on individualized treatment that focuses on the qualities of your hair and condition to determine the best procedure for you. Contact us online or call us at (866) 629-0866 to begin your treatment plan.