Hair Loss and Anorexia: Finding the Treatment That is Right for You

Upset woman holding head in her handWhen the body becomes malnourished and does not receive the proper vitamins and nutrients it requires, it can lead to a number of side effects, including hair loss. Patients with an eating disorder such as anorexia often experience the loss and thinning of hair, which can be quite alarming for someone who is used to having fuller, thicker hair. At True & Dorin Medical Group in New York, New Jersey, and Boston, Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True can conduct a full evaluation. Our team can help you understand more about how hair loss and anorexia are related, and what treatments are available to you.

How Does Anorexia Cause Hair Loss?

Malnourishment leads to the depletion of proteins. This causes the body to redirect vitamins and nutrients to the essential parts of the body that control organ function and muscle retention. The body has a natural ability to recognize that keratin, which is the main protein that makes up hair, is not essential for the body to function. As a result, the nutrients that are typically used to keep hair growing and healthy become depleted. The hair will then prematurely enter a resting stage called telogen, which leads to the thinning and loss of hair. 

Is My Hair Loss Permanent?

If you are currently suffering from anorexia or another eating disorder, your hair may continue to fall out until you receive treatment for the disorder. Typically, hair loss is considered a temporary condition that can be improved with a professional hair restoration treatment, or naturally through a change in diet. In some cases, even following sufficient treatment for an eating disorder, some patients will continue to struggle to regrow their hair, and they may even experience chronic hair loss. In either case, Dr. Dorin or Dr. True will fully evaluate your condition to determine whether your shedding is due to poor nutrition or whether it is being caused by genetics or the onset of male or female pattern hair loss. 

Treatment Options

Our doctors have extensive knowledge and experience in treating patients with a wide range of hair loss conditions. Some of the major improvements in medical technology have made it possible for Drs. Dorin and True to deliver exceptional results with advanced restoration treatments, including follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).

At True & Dorin Medial Group, it is our unwavering goal to help our patients restore their appearance and give them the confidence they deserve.

During a consultation at one of our offices, we will approach your hair loss on an individualized level to determine the true cause of your thinning or loss of hair. At this time, we will learn more about your health history and the current stage of your eating disorder to help us determine which treatment will deliver the best results.

Regain Your Confidence with Fuller, Thicker Hair

Losing hair can be a traumatic event for many patients, which can only make battling an eating disorder even more difficult. At True & Dorin Medial Group, it is our unwavering goal to help our patients restore their hair, and give them the confidence they deserve. If you would like to learn more about the options available to you, please send us a message online or call (866) 629-0866.