Dr. Bernstein was quoted in an article on NYCityWoman.com, where he spoke about the risks associated with popular hair extensions, such as weaves, wefts, and similar clip-in or add-on pieces. Extensions are a stylistic choice that allow women to dramatically change their appearance. However, their frequent use can contribute to a type of hair loss in women called traction alopecia – hair loss around the frontal hairline and temples caused by tight hairstyles pulling on the follicles.
Dr. Bernstein is quoted:
“Hair extensions can create a problem over a long period of time, as constant tugging on the hair follicles compromises their blood supply and may cause permanent thinning,” explains Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., a dermatologist in midtown Manhattan who specializes in hair loss.
Traction alopecia often causes thinning that reverses itself when the hair is worn loose, but if tugging on the hair follicles continues for an extended period of time, the hair loss can be permanent. In patients with permanent hair loss from traction alopecia, a hair transplant can typically restore the hair that is lost from sustained traction. See before and after photos of Patient BOI, Patient NBN, and Patient KAR for examples of women who had their edges restored by hair transplant surgery.
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Before and after photos of women who had surgical hair restoration to repair thin edges: