How to Get Professional Help for Traumatic Hair Loss

Trauma and traumatic injury are leading causes of hair loss in men and in women. Traumatic hair loss comes from events such as burns or scalp injuries, which are often suffered in personal injury accidents. These are usually significant injuries that cause the victim to lose one or more areas of hair. Trauma may also involve previous hair replacement procedures where “stripping ” techniques have left behind scars that are painful, and of substantial size, A patient may not be able to wear short hair without these scars showing through. Hair replacement professionals can offer a variety of techniques to correct these problem areas of hair loss.

Causes of Traumatic Hair Loss

As mentioned before, traumatic hair loss can have numerous causes. Some common ones include:

  • Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
  • Stress
  • Major bodily injury
  • Surgery
  • Severe shock
  • Severe illness 
  • Medications
  • Hair treatments and styles, repeated chemical treatments, overheating the hair, tight hair rollers, and tightly braided styles

A necessary first step is to discontinue or eliminate the cause of the trauma-induced hair loss, if possible, particularly any injurious hair treatments and styling methods. After a time, some of the areas involved may regrow hair. For areas of permanent damage, however, the treatments offered by a qualified hair restoration professional may be utilized as well.

Get Professional Help From a Hair Treatment Doctor

For the most part, traumatic hair loss situations and the best way to treat them are evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis. A hair treatment doctor may use one of the following procedures for restoring hair.

Hair Transplantation

Transplantation is recognized as among the safest and most effective techniques for restoring hair permanently. This proven procedure is carried out in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia and typically takes several hours. Naturally, patients want to have as many grafts transplanted in one surgical session as possible. However, more is not always better–it is essential to weigh the pros and cons. A comprehensive examination with a hair restoration surgeon can shed more light on how many surgeries may be needed for a complete restoration,

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) provides a concentrated delivery of growth factors that may help to rejuvenate hair follicles and stimulate them to grow new hair. This procedure may be useful in helping patients with hair loss and is known to be very safe. Platelets rich in growth factors are harvested from your own blood and injected into your scalp, so there are minimal, if any, adverse reactions or side effects. PRP is being used now by some hair restoration surgeons, in a variety of ways including: 

  • Injections into the scalp for patients who suffer from chronic telogen effluvium
  • Hair regrowth hair in men with androgenetic alopecia
  • As a holding solution for grafts while they are outside the body. 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for hair loss at this time. However, a hair treatment doctor can recommend helpful options. If you need medical documentation to support your hair loss personal injury case, a hair treatment doctor can provide you with the necessary proof of hARM. Contact a hair treatment doctor today to get started. 

Resource: Hair Loss Treatment

Dr. Robin Unger, Hair Restoration NYC