Significant changes within the body such as bariatric surgeries, excessive psychological stress, or a traumatic injury can cause the hair follicles to enter a resting state and result in shedding. This form of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, is characterized by diffuse thinning of hair on the scalp. The doctors at True & Dorin Medical Group in New York, New Jersey, and Boston have extensive experience diagnosing telogen effluvium and helping patients restore hair growth if it does not occur naturally. Dr. Robert H. True and Dr. Robert J. Dorin pride themselves on their ability to provide natural-looking results. Their experience in both surgical and non-surgical methods have allowed them to become leaders in the field of hair restoration.
What is Telogen Effluvium?
Telogen effluvium is a leading cause of hair loss. This condition often goes unnoticed by patients for several months as hair naturally enters the resting phase of the growth cycle for two to four months before falling out. Shedding may manifest itself in three ways once the hair enters the telogen phase. Patients may experience:
- Short-lived, rapid loss with hair growth that is reestablished fairly quickly
- Gradual hair loss that is characterized by thinning and an exceptionally long telogen state
- Development of very short growth cycles that results in the continuous shedding of broken, thin hair
The persistence and symptoms of telogen effluvium may vary from patient to patient. The reaction is generally dependent upon the duration and severity the shock or other factor has on your body.
What Causes this Condition to Occur?
Hair follicles are triggered to enter the resting phase after an event occurs that shocks your body. This includes significant psychological or physical stress, caused by factors such as a traumatic injury or event, significant hormonal changes such as childbirth or menopause, as well as major weight loss through natural means or bariatric surgery.
In addition to added stress, weight loss can often lead to malnutrition due to dietary restrictions and decreased appetite. Deficiency in crucial nutrients such as vitamin B, iron, or protein may lead to reduced energy in the body to perform necessary functions. This can initiate a need to conserve energy which will lead to a halt of certain processes, such as normal hair growth.
Certain drugs and medications that cause a sudden change in hormone levels, vitamins, and chemical levels in the body can also lead to telogen or anagen effluvium. Drugs typically associated with hair loss include:
- Antidepressants and blood thinners
- Mood stabilizers
- Epilepsy medications
- Birth control pills
- Thyroid medications
- Chemotherapy medications
- Acne medications containing vitamin A
If you believe one of these factors is causing you to lose more hair than you normally would, you should bring the issue to the attention of your doctor.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Dorin or Dr. True can diagnose whether you are suffering from telogen effluvium or another form of hair loss by evaluating hair follicles that you have shed. Notably, hair that has fallen out during the telogen phase will have a bulb of keratin attached to the root end.
Our doctors' ability to provide natural-looking results and vast experience have allowed them to become leaders in the field of hair restoration.
While this condition is typically temporary, some patients may not experience complete regrowth. We offer advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments that can help you restore your hair. Our doctors can provide an in-depth consultation to help you determine which procedure or medication is right for you.
Seek Treatment at True & Dorin Medical Group
Many of our patients have experienced significant hair regrowth that not only helped them regain their self-confidence but also live a higher quality of life. At True & Dorin Medical Group, we are dedicated to helping our patients identify the cause of their hair loss and finding an effective solution. If you would like to restore your thinning hair, contact us online or call us today at (866) 629-0866.