Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder that results in the pulling of hair, typically on the head and around the face. Commonly known as hair pulling disorder, it can be caused by an underlying mental health problem or an expression of self-harm, as well various other factors. Many patients who suffer from trichotillomania can receive help for their condition and completely reverse the hair loss. However, some patients can cause long-term damage to their hair follicles. True and Dorin Medical Group, serving Manhattan, NYC, and greater NYC, is one of the leading hair restoration clinics in the world. Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True are highly experienced surgeons who can evaluate the extensiveness of your hair loss and help you plan for regrowth or an alternative solution.
What is Trichotillomania?
Unlike many other hair loss causes, trichotillomania is a self-induced, continuous hair loss condition. It is characterized by the strong urge to pull hair out at the root, and has been compared to the irresistible need to scratch an itch. While some patients may pull handfuls at a time, causing large, noticeable bald spots, others will pull one strand at a time.
What Causes The Urge To Pull Out Hair?
Many doctors believe that trichotillomania is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is often present in patients who suffer from:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Self-harming tendencies
- Severe anxiety
This condition is also often seen in patients who are at an age where they are experiencing substantial hormone changes, especially during puberty. Stressful events, genetic predisposition, and other illnesses can also play a role in the development of trichotillomania.
Consequences of Compulsive Hair Pulling
The damage that results from compulsive hair pulling depends on the severity of the condition and the amount of time you wait to seek treatment. Trichotillomania can lead to the development of traumatic alopecia, a hair loss condition caused by injury to the scalp.
Diverse methods of treatment allow our doctors to address the unique level of hair loss and personal preferences of each patient.
Often, patients who have struggled with their compulsion for a long period of time will see their hair begin to regrow differently than before. This can include growth that is slower and more sparse, as well as new hair that is gray or white. While the aftermath of years of hair pulling can be unsettling, our doctors are highly experienced and can help you manage your hair loss.
Managing Damage from Trichotillomania
We offer comprehensive treatment options that can help our patients regrow their natural hair or conceal hair loss. Diverse methods of treatment allow Dr. True and Dr. Dorin to address the unique level of hair loss and personal preferences and needs of our patients through an individualized approach.
Patients seeking surgical, non-surgical, and prescription treatment will find that we can provide all they need and more. We also provide patients with access to resources to further manage their condition. Our primary concern is helping our patients achieve their goals with the most efficient and effective course of action.
Compassionate, Personalized Care
With nearly three decades of exceptional patient care, True and Dorin Medical Group can provide the compassionate, personalized treatment that you need. Our entire staff understands the difficulty our patients face when coping with hair loss due to trichotillomania and making the decision to go forward with treatment. If you would like to take the first step toward hair restoration, contact us online or call us at (866) 629-0866.