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Treatment for Hair Growth After Trichotillomania

 Name: Anonymous

Trichotillomania - Hair Pulling DisorderQuestion: 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.

Thank you.

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.

4 Comments

20th May, 2017 at 5:52 am

Pierre

Hi When i was in high school i was pulling my hair. Fortunately my mom asked me if i was doing that and i confessed. After a few months i stopped. Back then, it was possible to get some cattle grease, in french: moelle de boeuf. She would apply this to my scalp daily and within weeks small hairs would regrow. It might be worth looking into.

22nd May, 2017 at 11:08 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi, Pierre. If you were pull-free and had not damaged your hair follicles too severely, your hair would start to regrow naturally. Applying moelle de boeuf or any other form of grease to the hair would not help it to grow, it is most likely a coiincidence. We are happy for you that your hair grew back though!

28th May, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Linda

I suffer from noticable hair loss due to pulling my hair out since I was12 or13. I have been in behavior health therapy off and on since I was in my 30's. I have since stopped pulling for 22 years but my hair did not all grow back. I do keep my hair short due to this and get it styles in a way that my hair loss is not as noticable but I am self-conscious of this and want to know if there is any hope of me getting hair regrowth in my thinking areas. Thanks for any help with this.

1st June, 2017 at 4:28 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Linda. Here's a full response to your query from one of our senior specialists.

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