Sweet Serenity LLC

Hair Disorders

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Trich= hair (Greek word thrix) | Tillo= to pull | Mania= an obsessive impulse

Trichotillomania (TTM) is an impulse-control disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable baldness. This disorder includes Hair Breakers, Hair Pullers and Eaters. This condition is accelerated by the person having a traumatic experience such as puberty, death or excessive stress. Mostly females have this uncommon disorder. It can also be classified as a nervous condition, an addiction, or an obsessive-compulsive disorder similar to biting fingernails, sucking your thumb or smoking.

Physicians are recently proposing to revise the name of this hair disorder to "Neuromechanical Alopecia" to give it a more positive connotation.

Current Client: Before Picture: Bronx, NY

Before Trichotillomania Treatment, Front View Before Trichotillomania Treatment, Back View Before Trichotillomania Treatment, Side View

Current Client: After Pictures: Bronx, NY

After Trichotillomania Treatment, Front View After Trichotillomania Treatment, Back View After Trichotillomania Treatment, Side View


Alopecia areata (al-oh-PEE-shah air-ee-AH-tah) is an autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It occurs in both males and females of all ages and races. However, it usually begins in childhood and can be a life-altering experience.

In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person's own immune system (white blood cells). This results in prevention of hair growth. Alopecia areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis) or due to forceful pulling or tension on the hair (traction alopecia).

Alopecia Treatment

Male Pattern Baldness

Androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness) occurs in both men and women. Balding usually starts at any age after puberty and can range from partial loss to complete baldness. It is a permanent hair loss condition that can not be prevented. It can be caused by both hormonal (androgens) and genetic factors (heredity).

Hair loss usually begins at the temples and the top of the head toward the back, causing a receding hairline and a bald spot. In some circumstances, hair loss may continue until the two sections become joined, which causes the top crown to be completely bald. It usually progresses slowly and is not associated with redness, itching, or pain.

Contrary to the popular myth, balding is not caused by wearing hats. Massaging or brushing the scalp will not help regrow hair, and excessive cleaning of the scalp will not "unclog" follicles and allow hair growth. Normal or excessive everyday stress does not contribute to balding and is not a cause of androgenetic alopecia.

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is a bilobed structure surrounding the trachea. It produces thyroxine, which regulates cell metabolism in humans as well as all mammals. Malfunction of the thyroid gland can lead to a condition called a goiter. Hyperthyroid goiter tells the thyroid to produce an excessive amount of thyroxine, making it overactive. Hypothyroid goiter depresses the amount of thyroxine produced by the thyroid.

Both conditions affect the bodies metabolism. Medications are taken to help regulate the body's production of thyroxine also affect a human being's hair, nails, and skin. Some people that suffer from either of these conditioned are usually having some form of hair loss.

Telogen effluvium: (usually temporary hair loss) Caused by Physical stress, emotional stress, thyroid abnormalities, medications and hormonal causes normally associated with females.

Anagen effiuvium: Generally due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy agents, that poison the growing hair follicle.