Hair Shedding in Women

And at the Seager Hair Transplant Centre, we are often consulted by women who can see their hair coming out in clumps on the hairbrush or in the sink or in the shower or on their pillow.

If you are in a similar situation, you are most likely experiencing Telogen Effluvium, which is usually a temporary condition that is very different from Androgenetic Alopecia and usually should not be treated with hair transplantation.

Hair Shedding in WomenTelogen Effluvium is a fairly common condition that can often be triggered by mental, emotional, or physical stress. Many women experience Telogen Effluvium following childbirth.

Telogen Effluvium is really a time shift of the normal growth cycle that causes many hairs to be shed at once rather than the normal gradual continuous shedding of 100 hairs per day. Telogen Effluvium usually corrects itself within six months of the cessation of the stress that triggered it. Minoxidil might speed up the recovery.

If someone has both Telogen Effluvium and Androgenetic Alopecia they may experience a more rapid, stepwise increase in permanent hair loss. In this situation, hair transplantation is an option after the Telogen effluvium has stabilized.

There are rare women who have chronic Telogen Effluvium who shed hair continuously. The continuous loss outpaces new growth and their hair becomes thinner and thinner. Transplanted hair is just as susceptible to Telogen Effluvium as non-transplanted hair so hair transplantation is not a good option for chronic Telogen Effluvium.

If you think that you might be experiencing Telogen Effluvium it would be best for you to consult your regular physician and/or dermatologist and/or a hair restoration specialist in person.

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