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  • Serena Williams takes as many risks with her style off the court as she does during a game. But her playing around with weaves and wigs looks like it has taken its toll on the tennis champ, as recent photos look to reveal some hair loss.

    30-year old Serena Williams looks to have developed a bald patch, thanks to wearing weaves and creative hairstyles for many years. To remedy the situation, the fashion forward tennis champ may want to consider staying away from weaves, before surgical intervention is necessary to replace the lost hair, which can have a minimal plastic surgery recovery time.

    Hair loss expert, Dr. Alan Bauman explains, “Tennis star Serena Williams’ has been seen recently wearing a wig in an attempt to hide a growing bald spot, a likely indicator that she is suffering from traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a result of the chronic tension or pulling on the follicles causing irreparable damage. The condition is common among people who wear tight braids, those who use hair extensions over a long period of time, wigs or weaves with glue/clips/tape, or those who suffer from trichotillomania (hair-pulling disease). [Another high profile sufferer is Naomi Campbell] (See Make Me Heal’s story on Naomi Campbell’s hair loss).”

    “If she wants to reverse the damage, as I’m sure she does, she should start by reducing chemical processing. Her hair would also benefit from a nutritional supplement like Viviscal, which can help the growth of healthy hair. And if she wants to take a slightly more aggressive yet still non-invasive approach to treatment, I’d suggest a regimen of minoxidil and low level laser therapy, which can stimulate hair growth and speed up the hair recovery process. ”

    “While these treatments can help the overall health of her hair, for the areas that are permanently damaged or depleted, the definitive cure would be hair transplantation, which can permanently replace the follicles into the bald skin. However, without a change in hair-care habits, the transplanted hair is also at risk.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “I think Serena’s apparent bald spot is most likely caused from the weight of her hair extensions.  She can correct this by removing or replacing the extensions taking the tension off of her hair and allowing her natural hair to grow back.”

    If Serena did opt for plastic surgery hair recovery, it would not be her first procedure, as Serena may also have had a nose job and tummy tuck in the past (See Make Me Heal’s story on Serena Williams’ Nose Job).

    Makemeheal.com looks forward to seeing how Serena Williams chooses to handle her hair loss.


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