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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.

10 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.

28th December, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Elise

I am 12, nearly thirteen and i have been pulling my hair out for a few months now. I am very self concious about my bald patches especially when i wear my hair in a certain hairstyle to school and then people point them out. Is there any kind of product i can use to fix it?

2nd January, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Elise, the hair loss treatment solutions that we offer are only suitable from age 16 years + so, for now, it is best to speak with your doctor. They are likely to be able to help you to become 'pull-free' through referring you for CBT counselling and, once you are managing your disorder and no longer suffering from trichotillomania, treatment to regrow hair may be possible. We wish you a speedy recovery and hope your hair grows back soon.

3rd January, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Aashmeet

Hey.. it has been arnd 2 yr i have been pulling my hairs.. & recently got a blade spot (that surface is buldged out with pus in it) will that be normal after some time & would i get hair regrown naturally??

4th January, 2018 at 11:11 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Aashmeet, if the hair follicles are still intact and functioning then it is possible for normal hair growth to resume. Treatment may help but you must be pull-free in order for this to be worthwhile. If you are still suffering from trichotillomania we recommend speaking with your doctor who can advise you about treatment for this disorder.

10th January, 2018 at 1:40 am

Khloe

I have a cut on the top of my head that I’ve been picking at and it is a scar but it is still an open wound. I pull hairs from around that spot and I have a huge bald spot. What are the best hair regrowth products to use for quick hair regrowth since I’ve been lessening pulling out my hair?

11th January, 2018 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Khloe, please find a full response to your query from one of our senior hair loss specialists, here. We hope this is helpful.

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