Treatment for Traction Alopecia
Traction Alopecia (TA) is a hair loss condition generally brought on by forms of styling damage that place excessive stress on the scalp. This includes over-use of hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs, and constantly wearing tightly braided styles like cornrows, or securely gripped buns.
If these harmful hairstyles are worn frequently, eventually the hair follicles can become damaged, causing the hair to become brittle, making it break easily. This can also lead to hair loss around the hairline and temples, as well as any other areas where heavy hair embellishments, such as hair pieces, have been attached.
As long as professional hair loss advice is sought early enough, whilst the client’s hair follicles are still able to produce hair, then it is generally possible to treat TA using a full regrowth programme involving minoxidil, so that no further hair is lost and some regrowth may appear.
Many Belgravia patients who come to us with Traction Alopecia cannot believe the results they achieve through following our comprehensive treatment programmes, outlined below. One of these patients, pictured above, says of her Belgravia treatment experience:
“I’m Afro-Caribbean and plaiting our hair is very cultural (almost an expectation). It completely damaged my hair. I started using all sorts of chemicals with no knowledge of what harm I was doing to my hair. I was about 15 when I started losing my hair but 15 years later I had no hairline so I started covering up with wigs and more plaiting… I signed up for the treatment and it’s amazing how far I have come. I have my hairline back. Thank you Belgravia!”
You can see a selection of Traction Alopecia Hair Loss Success Stories from a number of our clients at the bottom of our Traction Alopecia page. These images, taken before and during treatment, should give you an idea as to the types of results that have been achieved and how long each client took to see them.
Treatment Programmes for Traction Alopecia
Treatment plans for Traction Alopecia generally consist of three main elements. Additionally, it is absolutely imperative that patients do not continue to wear the hairstyle which has been causing their Traction Alopecia.
Minoxidil is a topical medicine, clinically-proven to treat genetic hair loss in men and women. However, it has also been used to promising effect when treating people with hair loss caused by Traction Alopecia. The minoxidil is applied directly to the scalp so it can be restricted just to the affected areas, where it helps to improve the blood flow. This, in turn, aids delivery of the medicine and vital nutrients needed to promote hair growth straight to the parts of the scalp experiencing hair loss. Results generally start to become visible within two to three months of using the minoxidil as directed.
These tablets are suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose, sugar and salt free, and contain a number of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including biotin, zinc and selenium, known to benefit hair growth and improve its condition, encouraging the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.
HairMax LaserBand: These flexible headband-style devices – available in 41 and 82 models – provide an easy-to-use way of administering effective Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to the scalp.
These FDA-cleared devices – the LaserBand 41 and LaserBand 82 – stimulate circulation in the scalp, encourages optimum scalp health, as well as strong hair growth. The manufacturers, HairMax, claim they have a 93% success rate.
Many Belgravia patients find wearing one of these novel hair growth products for a few minutes, three times per week is a simple way to help enhance the effects of their hairloss medication.
Clinical Treatment Therapy
For patients who are able to visit our clinics in person, our Clinical Treatment Therapy can be a wonderful experience. Available at our Belgravia clinic opposite Victoria Station and our City of London hair loss clinic opposite Liverpool Street Station, these sessions are relaxing and therapeutic, helping you to de-stress at the same time as improving your scalp and hair health. This ensures your scalp is in optimum condition, giving the medicinal components of your treatment course the best chance of success.