Patients who suffer from bulimia may notice that over a period of time their hair begins to fall out or become thinner. Hair loss and bulimia are commonly interrelated. Unfortunately, patients may continue to be affected well after they have received treatment and gone through recovery. A lack of sufficient vitamins and nutrients, along with the emotional and physical stress which results from an eating disorder, can all play a role in a patient’s hair loss. The loss and thinning of hair can be a traumatic event for some, often resulting in worsened issues with self-confidence and concerns over their appearance and self-image. Fortunately, Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True at True & Dorin Medical Group in New York, New Jersey, and Boston offer a full range of hair restoration treatments to help patients achieve fuller, thicker hair.
Our doctors understand hair loss can worsen patients' concerns over their appearance and self-image, and provide several effective treatment options.
A Closer Look at the Causes of Hair Loss
Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia have an effect on how the body uses the reduced amount of vitamins and nutrients that enter the body. Since an eating disorder diminishes these nutrients and leads to malnourishment, the body begins to use those limited amounts to protect the essential organs. The nutrients that were regularly used to help promote hair growth are distributed elsewhere, which causes the hair follicles to enter a resting stage. Along with the lack of necessary nutrients, bulimia is also a known cause of a condition called telogen effluvium, which leads to hair loss following emotional or physical stress or trauma.
Bulimia and Telogen Effluvium
One of the natural phases of hair growth is called telogen. During this resting phase, the hair ceases to grow. This is natural, but increased stress or trauma can cause more hairs than normal to enter this phase and produce a noticeable loss and thinning of hair. Some patients may experience the loss of large clumps, or that their hair simply appears thinner than it has in the past. Effects can occur at the time a patient is suffering from bulimia, or even months into their recovery.
Restoring Your Appearance
Advancements in hair restoration technology and techniques, combined with extensive experience in the field, have made it possible for Dr. Dorin and Dr. True to deliver stunning results for all types of patients. Depending on the exact cause of your hair loss and whether improved nutrition naturally boosts your appearance, you may be a good candidate for follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE). During a full evaluation and consultation at our office, we will discuss your health history and more to determine the best course of action.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have suffered from bulimia and are still noticing hair loss or thinning, our doctors can provide individualized treatment to meet your needs. To learn more about our hair restoration treatments, please contact us online today or give us a call at (866) 629-0866 to schedule a consultation.