Trichotillomania, the compulsion to pull out head or body hair, is an extremely tough condition to beat. Those who suffer from it often pull, twist, or tug at their hair, leading to hair loss without consciously realising that they do so; although, some people are aware of their compulsion and select the hair to be pulled based on it being in some way different from those surrounding it.
Frustratingly for those trying to combat their compulsion, once bald patches on the scalp have been established by pulling out the hair the temptation to pull only becomes more heightened. It's also true that sometimes the trichotillomania is more generalised over the scalp and appears as diffuse alopecia.
The good news is that trichotillomania is usually a non-scarring and non-inflammatory form of alopecia, and as such can be treated because hair follicles have not been irreversibly scarred by the process. However, if it becomes a long term problem, the damage may be irreversible. As trichotillomania is a psychological disorder, treatment will often involve therapy, though the physical side effects can be addressed during this process.
A consultation with a hair loss specialist should be able to determine whether or not your specific case can be treated, as even when you've tackled the compulsion, hair may struggle to grow back at its previous thickness due to the strain that the condition can put on follicles.
Often, a proven hair loss treatment programme can help to regrow thinning hair, providing that the area has not become completely shiny and bald, at which point a hair transplant may be the only option. Minoxidil, one of two hair loss medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, can achieve strong results in terms of hair regrowth.
Because Belgravia's pharmaceutical laboratory produces a variety of minoxidil formulations, it's important to see a hair loss specialist to determine your ideal daily dose. From liquids up to extra-strength creams, minoxidil can also be combined with added ingredients that appear to block DHT when applied locally.
A hair loss treatment plan would also contain a variety of hair growth boosters, which can improve the overall health of the hair and ensure that the condition is at its optimum level. Ranging from nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics to the FDA cleared LaserComb, a low level laser that stimulates new hair growth, your hair loss specialist will compile a comprehensive plan that gives you the best chance of regrowing your hair healthily.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned group of a hair loss clinic in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation from anywhere in the world for home-use treatment.
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