Is it too late to undergo treatment to grow my hair back on my scalp? (photo)

About 10 years ago, I got a sew in weave. My hair was braided way too tight and pulled my hair out. It bled, scabbed over, and years later my hair still hasn't grown back. It's smooth and slightly grooved. Are there any treatments available to grow my hair back? Or is it too late to try to salvage it?

Doctor Answers 8

Traction alopecia may be permanent when you braid your hair very tight over many months. Hair transplant may be an option.

Traction alopecia may be permanent when you braid your hair very tight over many months.  Hair transplant may be an option.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Loss from Hair Weave

This is called Traction Alopecia. This is resulted from the Hair weave. You may want to seek interest in a hair transplant to solve this. I would suggest seeing a hair loss expert in your area to see if you are a candidate for a transplant and what would be best for you.

John Kahen, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone

I suggest non invasive options such as PRP/progesterone or transplantation for improvement. Please seek an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair Loss from Traction

The hair loss is due to traction and is called traction alopecia (hair loss). Hair transplantation is the only way to get it back. See the link below of a picture of one of my patients that I performed a hair transplant on after losing hair from traction alopecia.

Brian Goertz, MD
Seattle Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Scalp trauma and hair regrowth

Unfortunately, you are correct - it is not likely that hair will grow back.  But you can either transplant it or seek the skills of an experienced scalp surgeon like Dr. Kabaker (Oakland, CA) or Tony Mangubat (WA) who can take the scar out pretty easily with excellent cosmetic results and a minimum of downtime.
Good luck!

Sara Wasserbauer, MD
Walnut Creek Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Treating hair loss resulting from tight weave

Hair loss can result from prolonged pulling on the hair. This is common among African-American women who wear their hair in tight pony-tail, dreadlocks, or use hair weaves or extensions. It is also seen in Sikh men who employ turbans. This hair loss is usually permanent, but very amenable to hair transplantation.

Bernardino A. Arocha, MD

Bernardino Arocha, MD, FISHRS
Houston Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration Therapy is a Great Natural
Approach for the Restoration and Treatment of Hair Loss or Thinning
Hair PRP Hair Restoration Therapy is suitable for both 
men and women. It is a state of the art, non surgical, totally natural, 
alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or 
hair thinning.Human plasma contains platelets, a natural source of proteins called
growth factors. These growth factors play an important part in the
body’s healing response to injury. Platelet-rich plasma is blood that
has been enriched with a high concentration of platelets. PRP is created
by separating platelets from a blood sample, increasing their
concentration, and mixing them back into the extracted plasma, making it
5 to 10 times richer in platelets. PRP is a natural product created
from your own body. A small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed
in a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the
different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided
from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). This plasma now
contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet
rich plasma, or PRP. This plasma is injected into a wound or surgical
site to accelerate tissue healing and the formation of new cellular
growth by stimulating inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an
active growth phase.

Lawrence D. Jaeger, DO
New York Dermatologist

Traction alopecia

This happens from weaves and the hair that you lost will not grow back. You can treat this with a hair transplant very effectively/

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

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