At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we have been treating hair loss for more than forty years, and in that time our resident hair restoration experts Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis have had the opportunity to study virtually every possible cause first hand. When hair loss is the result of an underlying condition, like common male or female pattern hair loss, a more complex hormonal imbalance, or a rare auto-immune disorder, finding the proper treatment requires an accurate and thorough diagnosis. That is why we always perform extensive tests to find out exactly what is going on and what needs to be done. However, in some cases, the causes of hair loss can be much more obvious, like when hair loss is the result of physical trauma to the scalp. However, even though these cases can be easy to diagnose, they still require a great deal of expertise to properly treat.
Whenever the skin has been damaged, whether by a random accident, dog bite, burn, or even a careful surgical procedure, the body attempts to repair itself by producing fibers of collagen to close the wound. Unfortunately, the resulting scar tissue that forms is not identical to the original tissue, and generally lacks the complicated organizational structure of tissue that has grown slowly over time. If the damage was deep enough, it is possible that the hair follicles underneath the skin have also been damaged, making it impossible for new hair to grow over the site. Using follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation techniques, we can harvest small samples of healthy, growing hair follicles from other areas of the scalp and then carefully graft them into and around the damaged area, allowing new hair to grow over the scar and conceal its appearance.
Scarring from Tight Hairstyles
While sudden cuts and abrasions to the scalp or face can certainly cause damage to hair follicles and impair hair growth, similar damage can also be the result of a far slower and more insidious cause. Prolonged tension from tight hairstyles, such as braids, pony tails, sewn-in hairpieces, and “man-buns,” places undue stress on individual hair follicles and can, if left untreated, lead to permanent hair loss. This traumatic or traction hair loss can usually be easily avoided simply by changing hairstyles when the symptoms first start to appear. In cases that are more advanced, there are various non-surgical hair restoration treatments, like platelet rich plasma or red light laser therapy, which may stimulate the healing process and encourage future hair growth. In some cases, when permanent loss has occurred, surgical correction with a hair transplant may be the best option.
No matter what the underlying cause of your particular hair loss, our experienced staff can identify it, treat it, and help get you back to looking your best. If you are interested in learning more about your hair restoration options, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full consultation.