Hair replacement to correct Trichotillomania

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Trichotillomania or TTM for short is not only a hard word to pronounce, it is also a difficult disorder to deal with, but it can be corrected with psychological therapy and hair replacement surgery.  In the simplest of terms, Trichotillomania is the deliberate pulling out of ones hair, eventually necessitating a replacement procedure to be performed once the condition becomes severe enough.  The disorder leads to noticeable balding and can impact the individual functionally and socially so a hair replacement procedure oftentimes is inevitable.

How is the condition treated?

Aside from correcting the condition from a physical standpoint by employing a hair replacement procedure, the psychological side of the disorder needs to be addressed as well.  Additional considerations include the extent of the damage that has been done to the scalp by continually pulling out the hair.  In other words, has the person done so much damage that a surgical procedure won’t help? Only a licensed physician or experienced surgeon can accurately determine this.

From a psychological standpoint, the most common approach to treating TTM is known as HRT or Habit Reversal Training.  This has been shown to be the most successful treatment for the disorder and in some cases, if it is effective in treating the person early enough, a hair replacement procedure may not be necessary.  Unfortunately, this rarely happens and too much damage has been done to the scalp before the condition becomes noticeable, provided the individual is skillful at hiding what they are doing.

Will hair replacement surgery always work?

Depending on the extent of the damage as well as how severely the pulling out of the hair has progressed, a hair replacement procedure may or may not be effective.  Remember that there is no pattern involved in Trichotillomania and the individual will typically pull their hair out of one particular area at a time.  If the area they are damaging is one of the donor areas, there may not be a sufficient amount of healthy follicles left to transplant to the damaged area.

Trichotillomania is more characteristic in teenage and young adult females, but it has been witnessed in young children.  Additionally, and once again from a psychological standpoint, TTM is also categorized as an OCD or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  The treatment of the condition has to be approached from both the physiological and the psychological segments of the human structure, the latter being addressed first.

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