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Dermatology and Hair Loss: Does Hair Grow Back After Serious Burns?


Learn more about why hair doesn’t grow on scar tissue.

If you’ve recently suffered from serious burns caused by a house fire, car accident etc. that caused damage to the scalp, hair loss is inevitable. About 450,000 Americans are treated for burn injuries each year. Not only are they excruciating, they can also disfigure the affected area, and render hair growth virtually impossible. Women suffering from hair loss require a different approach for treatment than men, especially when patches of hair are missing from the scalp. Dermatology and hair loss are currently being studied closely, and many wonder if regrowth is possible after follicular trauma. Often times, scarring alopecia refers to a collection of hair loss symptoms that cause the permanent and irreversible destruction of hair follicles. Hair regrowth does not occur on thick scar tissue.

Varying Burn Degrees And Hair Loss

So how do burn scars cause hair loss? During the injury, the hair around the affected area is singed away, and tissue and follicle damage occurs beneath the scalp. Your hair follicles cannot stand heat higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Even mild heat damage from a blow dryer, sunburn, and straighteners can cause damage to the hair follicles. Thinning occurs from follicle damage, as well, if heated hair styling tools are used too often. These are usually an example of first-degree burns. Second and third-degree burns, however, cause far worse hair loss devastation. Second-degree burns are those that cause damage to the middle layer of your scalp’s skin. Composed of connective tissue, capillaries, lymphatic vessels, nerve endings, glands and hair follicles, damage to the second layer of skin results in hair loss to some extent. Third-degree burns damage the hypodermis of the skin which includes the bottom layer of subcutaneous tissue (including follicle roots) nerve, and blood vessels. Both second and third degree burns cause of scarring.

Scar Tissue and Follicular Damage

When scar tissue grows across a wound, it doesn’t replace lost hair follicles. Made up of abnormal collagen that accumulates in one area, they do not layer the same way regular skin does. Unscarred skin lines up in neat sheets, one on top of the other. Housing damaged follicles, abnormal collagen results in hair loss and no regrowth.

Call Wigs And Hair Solutions If You’re Experiencing Burn-Related Hair Loss

Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.

At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.

To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can visit us online or send us an email at with any questions or concerns.


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