Traction alopecia : Should I get a hair transplant or not?

Traction alopecia : Is a hair transplant a good option?


Traction alopecia is due to pulling of hairs, usually along the front of the scalp. Traction alopecia affects women much more than men.  There are many treatments for traction alopecia including steroid injections, minoxidil and hair transplantation. How do we know which to recommend? Is one better than the other?


Sudden Traction Alopecia may grow back; long standing does not

In general, if hair loss has been present for a short period of time (weeks or months), then medical treatment with steroid injections or minoxidil is worth trying. If the hair loss has been present for an extended period (a few years or more), then the hair loss is generally permanent and the only means to restore hair in the area would be to do a hair transplant.

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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