Trichotillomania, an angry female pulling her hair from the back on a white background.


How to Treat the Compulsive Hair Pulling?

There’s no escaping stress, and we all have different ways of dealing with it. Some people wash their hands repeatedly, while other people bite or pick at their nails. Still, others have food-related hang-ups or clean constantly. Trichotillomania, also known as Compulsive Hair Pulling, can be considered a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Many people, but particularly women, have a tendency to pull hair out from their eyelashes or eyebrows. They will often do this entirely unconsciously. After this disorder has continued for some time, bald spots will emerge where the sufferer has pulled their hair out. Find out how experts can treat these bald areas at SHIFT Hair Transplant and other top centres.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

This is a more recent method which is more high-profile than FUSS/FUT. The FUE method involves transplanting hair strands from the sides and the back of the head in clusters of 1-4, mimicking the natural growth pattern of hair. In this way, the process can provide more convincing-looking results. A further benefit of the process is that it does not involve deep or highly invasive incisions. This leads to a shorter recovery time with reduced scarring.

Scalp Reduction

This technique is performed only rarely during a hair transplant in Turkey. It involves surgically removing the bald area and stretching the area bearing hair to replace the amount of hair that has been taken out. This is a very expensive technique and one which can increase the risks of scalp tightening and therefore scalp thinning.

Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT)

This method involves gradually extracting separate grafts or follicular units from the back section of the head using a small and highly specialised tool to cut around them and extract these grafts. This method involves administering an anaesthetic which can help to make the method more comfortable. Surgeons at SHIFT Hair Transplant can cover larger balding areas in only a few sessions. In this case, the surgeons can also achieve better results due to a lower resection rate.

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