Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that results from subjecting the hair to excessive pulling force.
It is usually caused by overstyling of the hair with tight buns and braids, but can also be caused by trichotillomania (a mental illness that causes people to compulsively pull out their hair) and excessive use of hair chemicals. It is usually a short-term condition and can easily be reversed if the action causing it is stopped.
If detected early, traction alopecia is reversible if diagnosed early. However, permanent hair loss can occur too slowly for immediate detection. Hair loss is often occurs in the front, but is also subject to the immediate adjacent area to where the hair is being pulled and damaged.
Traction alopecia does not respond to medical treatment such as minoxidil or finasteride since by it's nature, the hair loss is different then genetic hair loss.
The only way one can treat traction alopecia is with cortisone injections. In the later stages of the disease, traction alopecia is irreversible.
Patients with longstanding disease develop a scarring alopecia with fibrosis of the hair follicles. In those cases, hair transplantation and flaps have been described with good results.
Follicular unit hair grafting has been identified as practical solution for treating longstanding traction alopecia. Hair transplant surgeons are reportedly seeing a rise in the number of patients with traction alopecia and the results have been good to excellent but hair transplanting should not be done until the patient is under control without any further traction alopecia.
Traction Alopecia NYC Treatment Center in New York, NY headed by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Gary Rothfeld with a New York City office in Manhattan, New York providing expert Hair Loss Treatments, Skin Care, Dermatology, and Cosmetic Dermatology Services. A Park Avenue practice with an international reputation in general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.
Dr. Rothfeld, recognized by the entertainment industry of America as one of the best dermatologists who has treated some of Hollywood's hottest faces and world renowned for his contributions for many of today's cosmetic procedures has organized a comprehensive skin care center offering personalized state of the art services including medical, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology. Every treatment is customized to fit each patient's needs.
I personally see every new patient who visits our office. I am not just a physician, I am a Board Certified Dermatologist. My goal is, quite simply, to provide the type of dermatology care which I would seek for my own family. This is a very important point, since physicians often use the phrase "Doctor's Doctor" to refer to those individuals who typically are selected by physicians themselves for personal care. I am confident that my practice fully meets that definition. This is the type of 5-star care and service that our patients expect, deserve and receive. I treat every patient the way I would want to be treated: with courtesy, dignity and respect. I carefully listen to their hair and skin-care concerns and offer a variety of options including a treatment plan that I believe will give them the best results
Dr Gary sees every patient himself and believes in personalized care. The Doctor does not employ any physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or other physician substitutes to do his treatment. He sees every patient himself at every visit.
A significant percentage of my Hair Loss, Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology Conditions are diagnosed on listening to the medical history of the patient alone, a further percentage on examination and the remainder on further detailed or careful examination and my patients teach me the rest. It is clear to me that history and examination skills remain at the very core of my dermatology practice. Older Dermatologists like myself rely on history and physical to a greater degree than the younger dermatologists. I think that the pendulum has swung too far towards all these cosmetic procedures where the younger dermatologists are just doing cosmetic procedures and not listening to their patients. This is an important point because if the Dermatologist does not spend enough time with the patient during the consult the cosmetic procedures will probably not work.
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