What is Traction Alopecia?

Do you suffer from Traction Alopecia (also known as Tension Alopecia)? Dr Malay Mehta, one of India’s leading hair surgeons, can help treat the symptoms of this condition for those suffering from it throughout Mumbai.

Traction Alopecia is hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling your hair. This condition can also develop if you wear your hair in a tight ponytail, bun, or braids. Regular chemicals or heat use in your hair can also be a factor.

Traction Alopecia, however, can be reversed if you intervene in a timely manner. Dr Mehta can help rectify the effects of Traction Alopecia with a range of Hair Transplant Procedures, as well as Reconstruction Procedures or Hair Loss Treatments.

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Common Symptoms of Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia may reveal its symptoms early, like little bumps on your scalp resembling pimples. As the condition progresses, missing and broken hairs along the front and sides of your scalp will appear, with alopecia hair loss on other areas of your scalp as well.

Other symptoms that may be present include:

  • Scalp redness
  • Bumps
  • Scalp soreness or stinging
  • Itching and scaling
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles
  • Pus-filled blisters

If left untreated, the hair follicles will no longer produce new hair. These symptoms differ from other forms of Alopecia as the hair loss should only be evident in the pulled areas.

Causes of Traction Alopecia

As mentioned above, Traction Alopecia is often the result of wearing your hair too tight. Repeated pulling on the hair loosens the shaft in its follicle, most commonly due to a tight ponytail, bun, braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks.

Hair extensions, weaves, or hair in rollers overnight can also be common causes. Those with very long hair may experience Traction Alopecia due to the weight pulling on the scalp. People of any age can be affected; however, the condition is more likely as we get older, as the hair becomes more damaged the longer it is pulled on.

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Prevention of Traction Alopecia

It can be possible to prevent Traction Alopecia by wearing your hair down or keeping any ponytails or buns loose and low on your head. Some other tips for preventing this condition include:

  • Altering your hairstyle every few weeks
  • Avoiding rubber or elastic bands for ponytails
  • Steering clear of chemically processing your hair
  • Only wearing weaves or extensions for short periods
  • Make braids and dreadlocks thick as thinner styles pull more tightly
  • Avoid hair relaxers.
  • Use a low heat setting low on hair dryers and straighteners
  • Never sleep in rollers

Traction Alopecia Treatment and Recovery

The main treatment for Traction Alopecia regrowth is a change of hairstyle to avoid tight options like braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks. In addition, to solve the issue of bald patches that may have resulted from Traction Alopecia, Dr Mehta can offer a hair transplant performed with the highest level of technical skill.

We strongly recommend booking a consultation to determine if this or a hair reconstruction process will be best suited to your condition. Dr Mehta will assess the damage caused by Traction Alopecias to determine the best path forward for you.

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Traction Alopecia Hair Transplant?

The determining factors for whether you are a good hair transplant candidate to cure traction alopecia are the amount of donor hair you have available and the amount of hair you’ve already lost. Your specific hair loss classification will be assessed and determined by Dr Mehta to see if this is the right solution for your needs and goals.

If not, Dr Malay will suggest a more suitable method to rectify your hair loss. All of this will become clear after your first consultation.

How Does Traction Alopecia
Treatment Cost in Mumbai?

The cost of Traction Alopecia treatment in Mumbai will depend on the level of hair loss you have experienced. Once Dr Mehta has examined your hair loss, we will be able to provide a detailed quote and timeline for treatment.

How Can Dr Mehta Help with Traction Alopecia?

Dr Malay Mehta holds an MBBS and MD in dermatology, venereology, and leprosy. As one of the most well-known Traction Alopecia surgeons and dermatologists in Mumbai, his treatments create life-changing results for patients with low confidence due to hair loss.

If you are suffering from Traction Alopecia, one consultation with Dr Mehta is all it takes to understand the best path forward to find a solution. Simply call 91 – 8758691345 or email drmalaymehta@gmail.com to book your consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have more questions about Traction Alopecia? Our FAQ section may help:

The early signs of Traction Alopecia include bumps on your scalp that look like pimples, along with the appearance of bald patches. As the condition progresses, missing and broken hairs will worsen with the patches becoming more obvious.

Traction alopecia can take around six months to reverse if a proper treatment procedure is followed. In more severe cases, it may take up to a year to heal the damaged hair follicles.

The length of time before Traction Alopecia is permanent will vary with every patient. For some, it can take months; for others, years. Therefore, we strongly recommend seeking help to rectify the situation the moment you notice symptoms to avoid further damage.

If your hair is particularly long and thick, creating a significant amount of weight, it may be wise to trim an amount you feel comfortable with. This will lessen the weight and help to slow or reverse the condition.

Yes, Traction Alopecia can progress into irreversible scarring if a traumatic hairstyle is not rectified within a reasonable timeframe.

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