Trichotillomania is a compulsive behavior characterized by the urge to pull out one’s hair. Symptoms of the disorder usually start at around 13 or 14 and can grow more severe as an individual moves into adulthood. The condition is the number one cause of hair loss in children and be a cause of recurring stress in adults.
Symptoms of Trichotillomania
Individuals with trichotillomania experience an irresistible urge to pluck out the hair on the bodies, including the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Often an individual focuses on one area of the body or a specific type of hair. Trichotillomania can result in:
Hair loss due to trichotillomania can be devastating, affecting self-confidence and an individual’s social life.
Causes of Trichotillomania
Attributed to a combination of factors, trichotillomania is a complex disorder that cannot be explained by a single cause. Although the condition is not linked to a single cause, there are some theories about why people have the compulsion to pull out their hair. Some risk factors include:
Trichotillomania Treatments with Dr. Yael Halaas, New York
If you suffer from trichotillomania, it is important to reach out and get the support you need. There are cosmetic and surgical procedures can be performed to stimulate hair regrowth to fill in bald patches and restore lashes and brows. Dr. Yael Halaas, a hair restoration specialist, offers cutting-edge treatments, such as hair and eyebrow transplants. Contact her Manhattan office to schedule a consultation.
Written by Dr. Halaas