What is Traction Alopecia- Fully Preventable Hair Loss

What is Traction Alopecia- Fully Preventable Hair Loss


This guest post on www.menshealthcures.com is by Dr. Edwin Suddleson, Bosley Medical Assistant Medical Director

 What is Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia can cause hair loss at any age and impacts millions of people. It is unrelated to genetics or medical conditions and is 100% preventable —  if you know the causes and early symptoms of the condition. This condition is treatable in its early stages, as long as no permanent damage to the hair follicle has occurred.

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Traction Alopecia is a type of gradual hair loss that is usually caused by pulling force being applied to hair. Certain hair styles that are tight or cause tension may cause this condition including:

  • Ponytails and buns
  • Braids
  • Cornrows
  • Weaves
  • Hair extensions (depending on how they are attached)

Physical characteristics of Traction Alopecia typically manifest on the scalp, where the pulling of the hair has been occurring. However, this form of hair loss can go unnoticed unless there is a severe amount of pain or infection occurring at the point of tension. These tight hairstyles can pull the hair out by the root, cause breakage and over time may lead to permanent damage to the hair follicle. Once damage is done to the follicle itself, the hair will not grow back in.

Individuals with this hair thinning condition will notice bald spots, broken strands, and sometimes even scabbing and infections in severe cases. If this remains undiagnosed or undiscovered by the sufferer, it can take quite a while for it to be noticed if the hair style is covering the damage it is doing.

 Hair Loss Prevention

Preventing hair loss is significantly easier than dealing with the potentially lasting ramifications of the conditions.  Choose looser hairstyles and try to avoid wearing your hair in a tight ponytail every day. Weaves and hair extensions should always be done by a professional. By knowing how to properly attach weaves and extensions, as well as the risks, your stylist can help ensure that your new hairstyle minimizes the risks as much as possible. If you think you may be experiencing early signs of Traction Alopecia (breakage and small bald spots), try changing your hairstyle and consult with your physician.

 Treatment of Traction Alopecia

The treatment for Traction Alopecia or other hair loss conditions depends on the extent of the damage. In severe cases, if the hair follicle has been permanently damaged the only treatment option is hair restoration procedure. In less severe cases of hair loss, you may be able to regain your hair loss by changing your hairstyle and applying an ointment to prevent infections. It is important to consult with your physician about this and any other medical conditions you are concerned about.

The first key in finding a solution to your hair thinning condition is consulting with your physician. If you have experienced permanent hair loss due to Traction Alopecia, you can set up a free consultation with a Bosley Medical professional in over to go over your hair restoration options by calling 1-888-820-4247.


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