Are you suffering from stress-related hair loss? Did you notice your hair getting thinner or even falling out during the stressful COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you’re not alone.
Many people experienced hair loss after recovering from COVID-19 because of a stress-induced condition called telogen effluvium. This condition typically occurs around two to three months after a stressful event by disrupting the hair’s natural growth cycle, leading to excessive shedding and hair loss.
What is Abnormal for Hair Loss?
At any given time, about 90% of our hair is growing, about 5% is resting and 5% is shedding. However, when you have a major stress event or shock, up to 50% of hairs can be pushed into the shedding phase. Several factors can contribute to this condition including surgery, general anesthesia, physical or psychological stress, high fevers, weight loss, diet change, or even hormonal change such as after childbirth.
How to Reduce Hair Loss
Telogen effluvium isn’t permanent, and hair will typically grow back as long as stress levels are reduced. Some steps you can take to help reduce your stress levels include exercise, practicing mindfulness, prioritizing sleep, and having healthy relationships.
It’s also important to focus on good nutrition. Hair needs good nutrition to grow and be healthy, especially protein and key vitamins and minerals. Whether through diet or supplements, be sure to get enough of Protein, Iron, Vitamin C and D, Zinc, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12.
How Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Might Help with Hair Loss
Ask us about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy is an innovative procedure that has become increasingly popular for its ability to stimulate new hair growth in the scalp. PRP is platelet-rich plasma that contains 8 identifiable growth factors within our own blood. The platelet-rich plasma stimulates healing and improves collagen production as well as facilitates circulation.
The minimally-invasive procedure consists of Dr. Turnure injecting your own platelet-rich plasma directly into your scalp, focusing on the areas that have excessive hair loss or thinning. The result is the regrowth of your natural hair!
When people start losing their hair, especially for the first time, it can be very worrisome and upsetting. Interested in learning more about PRP therapy at La Bella Vita Medispa? Call us at (916) 624-4959 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Turnure.