I am thinking on cutting my long hair i am a boy and I am scared that I have traction alopecia (Photo)
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Individuals with traction alopecia, or who think they have traction alopecia, may wish to make an appointment with a dermatologist or hair restoration physician. This is important in order to confirm the diagnosis
The treatment of early traction alopecia involves stopping any pulling forces in the hair. Topical steroids and steroid injections may be recommended for some individuals. Minoxidil may also be recommended.
For individuals with long standing traction alopecia, stopping pulling of hair is still important. Hair regrowth is less likely and the definitive treatment to improve density is with the use of hair transplant surgery.
Traction Alopecia and Hair Loss
Ponytails would need to be worn quite tightly for extensive and ongoing periods of time.
There are also certain signs which may indicate TA. These include: pain or soreness on the scalp, more hair falling out than usual.
If detected early, it would be important to choose another way to style and wear your hair. The follicles may be able to heal and regain their normal ability to grow hair. If not, then a hair transplant procedure may be able to help.
But first, check with a doctor to see if you actually have this condition. A hair transplant would be a last resort
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