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I Cut My Hair And It Won't Grow Back
I cut a part of the skin on my head due to which I lost hair in that part. Will any hair grow back in that area?
Not on scars: Hi. Was the area shaved for stitches? Hair follicles don't grow out of scar tissue, but if the scar is narrow, and the surrounding skin is making hair normally, when it grows back, the scar may be barely noticeable. Your "topic tags" mention baldness and alopecia...those don't grow back normally! Good luck! ...Read more
Can a 14 yr old take biotin pills 300 mcg? She really wants to take it because she recently cut her hair and wants it to grow back. Is it ok for her to take it?
Usually not: Scars occur between the follicles and can be of varying widths. If the scar is quite wide, sometimes it makes sense to cut out the scar and bring the scalp together to narrow the new scar so that the gap between the hairs is not as great. Unfortunately, if the scalp is pulled too tightly, tension can kill the hair follicles at the edge of the incision and result in a wide hairless area again. ...Read more
Last time I cut a single long hair growing from my regularly looking mole (pencil eraser-size) it didn't grow back unlike previous times. Is this bad?
Do not worry about the hair.
If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
My barber cut some of my transplanted hair bald five months ago, how long will it take for my transplanted hair to grow back?
Same time: If the hairs a alive, they will grow back along with the rest of your own hair. ...Read more
I have a cut on my chin from a fall. The cut is scabbed. The surrounding area bruised and lost facial hair. Will it grow back?
Depends on how deep: Hair will grow back if the damage is not deep into the skin to damage the hair follicles. ...Read more
Permanent hair dye damage my hair three years ago I cut it, my hair grow back brittle, hair loss with a bulb on the end everytime will I go bald?
Probably not: If you're still growing hair, you shouldn't prematurely go bald. ...Read more
I had an braid and sewin two years ago and it took my hair out it look like a chemical burn when it happened now it won't grow back please help?
Got a braid/sewin in two years go and my hair fallout completely bald in one spot what should I do? It won't grow back.
When hair falls out with little bulbs (follicles?) at the end does it mean the hair on that spot won't grow back anymore?
How can the dermatologist make my eyebrows grow back due to them falling out cause of seb-dermatitis. I've got it under control but hair won't grow back?
If a hair follicle got damaged with eyebrow semi permanent makeup. Is there anything I can do to make it grow in so scared it won't grow back?
Watchful Waiting: You just have to wait and see if it grows back. Taking biotin 400 mg may help with growth. ...Read more
If I get hair loss as a side effect of taking Lithium, will my hair grow back if I stop taking it? I won't stop it without pdoc's permission of course
See a dermatologist: First you need to make an attempt to define the condition. Hair loss is not likely because of Lithium. There is probably another cause. How much hair loss? Where? How long? The longer you take Lithium the more likely you will have low thyroid which may result in hair loss but is easy to treat. You can begin to understand the condition only after you see an expert. ...Read more
Why won't my hair grow back after radiation treatment? I had a brain tumor 15 years ago, with intense radiation following chemo. My hair has not grown back since. I'm very self conscious about it and really want it to grow back. Luckily, my hair grows ove
I am sorry to hear that you have permanent hair loss. This can occur after radiation therapy for brain tumors, although it is much more unusual today than it was 15 years ago due to better technology that focuses the radiation where it needs to go in the brain and avoids the scalp.
Most non-surgical hair growth treatments like rogaine (minoxidil) or low-level light therapy do not work well in this situation because the number of hair follicles in the area of hair loss is decreased.
There are some institutions and doctors that have performed surgical procedures to reverse the hair loss. If the skin is not scarred and is otherwise healthy, there has been some success with hair transplants like the ones men can get for male pattern baldness. If the skin is more significantly changed by the radiation or there is notable scaring, these types of procedures to transplant hair follicles are unlikely to work and more extensive reconstructive surgery using a tissue expander where they put a balloon under the skin and stretch out the normal skin nearby and then move the new skin over the bald patch has been tried.
It's a lot to go through for a cosmetic problem and insurance probably won't pay for it. The risks of a healing problem after the surgery might also be a bit higher from the prior radiation.
If you are really interested in pursuing this further, i'd try to find a plastic surgeon in your area with experience caring for burn patients as similar reconstructive techniques are used. ...Read more
Tomorrow having non-surgical hair restoration cuz of severe general hair thinning. B4 adding new human hairs they're shaving the crown of my head. Will my hair grow back? I'm worried I won't like restoration but will be stuck w/ a bald scalp or near-bald! Plea
Yes: It will grow back. This is something you need to confirm and discuss in detail with your doctor. You need to know and understand the procedure completely. ...Read more
I recently cut my hair and it's shorter than the lady was supposed to cut it. Another lady said Biotin will cause my hair to grow longer. How long will that take? School is starting in about a month and I don't want to go back with the short hair
Worried about hair?: School is one of the most important aspects of a person's life. Her hair... well, that cannot be a big deal. That does not mean hair is not a big deal; it means hair length CANNOT be a big deal. It is mind over body. Hair length only becomes a big deal if one's brain fails to ignore all worries related to length. Biotin will make no difference. A student's hair can grow fine with no supplements. ...Read more
Hair loss.: Hair loss at the temples in females can be due to several things--most common can be stress or tension on the terminal hair. Make sure you are not using extensions or braids in these areas which could be the cause. If left untreated, it can lead to scarring. You should see a dermatologist! ...Read more
Not Permanent: Waxing often will remove the hair at the level of the hair root. This will prevent hair from re-growing in that area for around 4 weeks, making it more effective than many other types of hair removal. You may notice some hair regrowth after 1-2 weeks due to different hairs being in different growth cycles. ...Read more
No: Shaving hairs anywhere on the body is ok (as along as one does not create a skin rash by shaving too closely or getting too many ingrown hairs). Since the portion of the hair that is outside of the hair follicle is not alive, one's body does not know the hair has been cut (so cutting hair does not affect anything inside the body). The cut ends feel stiffer and sharper until they wear down again. ...Read more
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You may ruin it: Usually it grows back eventually, but some folks pull it compulsively and this can end up spoiling the look of your scalp for life. If you're asking because you're a compulsive hair-puller (i suspect this is largely genetic though some psychiatrists can treat it), a great strategy for a man is to buzz his hair with clippers daily "like the other super-tough guys". ...Read more
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