Can People with Trichotillomania have a Hair Transplant?


Trichotillomania is a common problem nowadays. The victims of the hair pulling disorder can’t control the motivation to pull their hair out. There are some people that when they are in tension, depression, and stress then they have a strong motivation to eat their nails or to pull their hair out. It’s their way to release stress/ anxiety and to calm themselves. But don’t worry, the victims of Trichotillomania can treat their hair by getting a treatment from the hair transplant clinics which offers Hair transplant in Sharjah.

How does Trichotillomania Cause Hair Loss?

Continued hair pulling can cause balding. Because the hair follicles really get affected due to the physical trauma of hair pulling.  Sometimes hair follicles remain unbroken but mostly it’s damaged and hair growth may stop due to it.

Some victims of trichotillomania may pull out their eyelashes or eyebrow hair instead of pulling scalp hair. Pulling out hair is the only way which brings relief to the sufferers of trichotillomania.They use to pull out hair due to shame, confusion, anger and depression situations.

Who does Trichotillomania can Affect?

The majority of teenagers are suffering from Trichotillomania or hair pulling disorder. Compulsive hair pulling can also become a severe problem for adults at any age.

Treatment Options to Treat Trichotillomania/ Hair Pulling Disorder:

  • Rogaine (minoxidil)
  • Laser therapy
  • Propecia (finasteride)
  • Hair transplant

Rogaine, Propecia, and laser therapy are considered as safe treatments which can cure all hair problems easily but Trichotillomania can’t be treated by using these kinds of treatments.

If the victim of hair pulling disorder tries these kinds of treatments, then still there is a strong probability that trichotillomania patients will continue to pull their hair out.

Is it Possible to have a Hair Transplant to Treat Trichotillomania/ Hair Pulling Disorder?

In the early stages of the hair pulling disorder or in Trichotillomania, Hair regrowth is possible if the victim is diagnosed in time either with medications or with psychotherapy to stop pulling.

If the hair pulling disorder goes on long enough, then hair loss may be permanent.  Due to the development of scars around the damaged hair follicles, they block further hair growth.

The people who are suffering from the most annoying problem i.e. trichotillomania, ask that if a hair transplant can treat our hair or not. So following are the requirements, who can have a hair transplant to treat Trichotillomania.

Right Candidate to get a Hair Transplant to Treat Trichotillomania/ Hair Pulling Disorder:

  • There’s is a compulsion that the victim of Trichotillomania has overcome his urge ti pull hair and has not to pulled his hair for at least 1 year.
  • The sufferer of Trichotillomania shouldn’t be suffering from itching, burning, pain or tickling in the scalp.
  • The area of hair loss has not enlarged over a 1-2 year period.
  • The patient should be medically stable that he shouldn’t have any medical disorder and has a good donor supply of hair, and he should be over 18 years of age.

These are some guidelines that if a person who’s suffering from Trichotillomania can be a good candidate to get a treatment from the hair transplant clinics which offers Hair transplant in Sharjah.

Avoid using Temporary Treatments and Consult a Trichologist:

Avoid using any kinds of medications or temporary treatments to cure hair pulling disorder. Instead, consult a trichologist before it’s too late so that he will examine your scalp very carefully and then will recommend you to get a suitable treatment from the hair transplant clinics which offers Hair transplant in Sharjah.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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