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What is traction alopecia and why is my hairline disappearing, what causes it?

A: Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs due to constant pulling or tension on the hair follicles. It is primarily caused by certain hairstyling practices that put stress on the hair, such as tight ponytails, braids, buns, weaves, and extensions. The repetitive traction or pulling disrupts the natural growth cycle of the hair, leading to hair loss.

Q: What are the common symptoms of traction alopecia?

A: The symptoms of traction alopecia include:

  1. Hair thinning or gradual hair loss in the affected areas.
  2. Visible hair breakage or short, broken hairs around the hairline, temples, or areas subjected to tension.
  3. Scalp sensitivity or tenderness in the affected areas.
  4. Redness, inflammation, or scarring in severe cases.

Q: Are there any treatments available for traction alopecia?

A: Yes, there are treatments available for traction alopecia, but the success of the treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the extent of hair loss. Here are some common treatment options:

  1. Avoidance of Traction: The first step in treating traction alopecia is to identify and eliminate the hairstyles or practices that caused the condition. This means avoiding tight hairstyles, using gentle hair accessories, and allowing the hair to rest and recover.
  2. Laser therapy: Low-level light therapy is great with the use of stimulants. Requires a treatment plan of 20 sessions over 6 months but this should be done with proper equipment. Laser caps and home devices will not work for traction alopecia especially when the condition is severe.
  3. Stimulants: Topical Stimulants, such as HairOptions EXEC-HAIR advanced stimulant range, can be prescribed to promote hair regrowth and prevent further hair loss. These Stimulants are applied directly to the affected areas of the scalp.
  4. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: PRP therapy involves injecting concentrated platelets from the patient’s blood into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. It is a relatively new treatment option that shows promising results for traction alopecia.
  5. Hair Transplantation: In severe cases where hair loss is permanent and other treatments have failed, hair transplantation may be an option. This procedure involves transplanting hair follicles from other areas of the scalp to the affected areas. HairOptions has 29 years of experience in surgical hair transplants.

Q: Can traction alopecia be reversed?

A: If detected early and appropriate measures are taken, traction alopecia can be reversed. However, the success of reversal largely depends on the extent of the damage and the duration of the condition. It is crucial to address the cause of the condition and allow the hair follicles to recover. In some cases, hair regrowth may be incomplete, especially if there has been significant scarring or permanent damage to the hair follicles.

Q: How can traction alopecia be prevented?

A: To prevent traction alopecia, it is important to adopt gentle hairstyling practices and avoid excessive tension on the hair. Here are some preventive measures:

  1. Avoid tight hairstyles and opt for looser styles that do not pull on the hair follicles.
  2. Use hair accessories, such as hair ties or clips, that are gentle on the hair.
  3. Take regular breaks from hairstyles that cause tension, allowing the hair to rest and recover.
  4. Practice proper hair care, including regular washing, conditioning, and moisturizing to maintain scalp health.

Remember, early detection and life-changing habits and taking preventive measures are key to avoiding traction alopecia and preserving the health of your hair.

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