Traction Alopecia or Thinning Along the Edges

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by repetitive pulling or tension on the hair follicles. It is commonly seen in individuals who wear tight hairstyles such as braids, ponytails, buns, or extensions.

Traction alopecia can be treated and managed.

The first step in treating traction alopecia is to eliminate or reduce the source of tension on the hair. Avoiding hairstyles and hair accessories that pull tightly can prevent further trauma. Allowing the hair to rest is essential for the recovery process.

If you are suffering from traction alopecia, consult a medical professional experienced in treating hair loss.

Thinning hair along the edges is caused by repeated traction.

What to do if you are experiencing hair loss.

Change Hairstyles: Opt for looser, more gentle hairstyles that do not put excessive tension on the hair. Wearing the hair down or in loose braids can help reduce further damage to the hair follicles.

Topical Treatments: Applying topical treatments may aid in promoting hair growth. Look for over-the-counter or prescription products that contain ingredients like Minoxidil, which is FDA-approved for hair growth. These treatments can be applied directly to the affected areas. Always follow product instructions.

When should Hair Transplantation be considered?

In severe cases of traction alopecia, hair follicles have been irreversibly damaged and hair transplantation may be recommended. Hair transplantation involves the surgical removal of healthy hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting them into scalp areas affected by hair loss.

During your consultation, Dr. Shah will evaluate treatment options and determine if you are a candidate for hair transplantation.

Prevention and patience are key when dealing with traction alopecia.

Addressing the causes of traction alopecia will prevent further damage and promote hair regrowth. Be patient, as it can take several months for noticeable improvements to occur.

Adopt healthy hair care practices and seek professional advice to manage and treat traction alopecia.

BKS Hair Restoration

Bhumik Shah, MD
807 N Haddon Ave, Suite 2
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Phone: (856) 470-1398


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