Question: I know someone who has had a problem with Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) in the past. They do not suffer from the problem anymore but unfortunately are left with bald patches on the top of their head. I was wondering if there is any treatment known that can make the hair grow back. Any information would be helpful.
Answer: Trichotillomania is an uncontrollable disorder and an extremely difficult condition to overcome. In many cases people never do so firstly, congratulations to your friend who has been able to free themselves of the problem.
Hair loss treatments can help to re-grow hair in most instances of hair loss but rarely are they suitable for trichotillomania sufferers due to the uncontrollable nature of their condition. However, in the case of your friend, there are treatments that we offer which may be able to help restore hair in areas of baldness, provided the hair-pulling practice is no longer a habit and the follicles have not been scarred.
Trichotillomania is a form of traction alopecia and we regularly treat this condition successfully, but if the follicles have been damaged to the point of scarring, the hair will not grow back.
I would urge you to encourage your friend to visit the centre for a free diagnosis and consultation with one of our specialists so we find out severity of the hair loss and the extent of follicle damage. If they aren’t able to visit the centre, your friend can complete an online diagnostic form and attaching a photo of the scalp will be sufficient. Please take a look at our before and during treatment photos for an idea on how to take the picture.
All the very best and I hope we can help your friend.