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Is Hair Transplant Surgery Appropriate for a Patient with Trichotillomania?

9/9/2011 3:07:09 AM

Question:

My 15 year old daughter has a hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania and she has a bald spot on the top of her head.  Is hair restoration surgery possible for her and does insurance cover it financially when it is caused by a medical condition?

Answer:

Hair transplant surgery has been used to treat patients suffering from trichotillomania. However, hair restoration surgeons will not typically treat a patient unless their condition has been in remission for a number of years due to the risk of damaging the newly transplanted hairs. If your daughter is undergoing treatment for the underlying cause of her condition she may be a candidate.

Here is an example of a procedure performed by Dr. Cam Simmons of Canada on a trichotillomania patient:

Dr. Cam Simmons – 2681 grafts for a lady that recovered from Trichotillomania

If you’d like to learn more about hair transplant surgery and your options, I recommend you consult our interactive map and locate the prescreened quality hair restoration physicians nearest you.

Unfortunately, I am unable to comment on the possibility of insurance providing coverage for such a procedure, due to the variety of existing coverage options. Your best best is to contact your insurance provider directly..

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