The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several many interruptions in your life. Whether you’re struggling with working from home, keeping your children on task with school, or you’ve fallen ill from the virus, the changes can take its toll. Not only might you lose sleep at night, but you might also notice hair loss. Alopecia can be triggered by stress or illness. Research shows that COVID has increased the number of people experiencing stress-related hair loss, but are the results permanent? Here’s what you need to know about COVID and alopecia.
Connection Between COVID and Hair Loss
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss caused by a stressor, like a viral illness, traumatic event, or certain medications. It’s a kind of alopecia that has become more common since the pandemic began. Any condition or exposure that disrupts the growth cycle causes inflammation or damage to the follicle, leading it to fall out and not be replaced.
Telogen effluvium is triggered when the hair stays in the resting phase of growth. It is a gradual process that will lead to noticeably thinner hair, especially around the frontal hairline and temples. According to a survey conducted by Survivors Corps, 32% of respondents reported hair loss with COVID. You may not notice the results right away, which often leaves patients confused as to what’s causing the problem. In fact, it can take up to 3 months to see a change in the thickness of your hair.
Although anyone can experience stress or illness-related hair loss, it’s most often seen in women. As much as 90% of patients seeking hair restoration are women.
Treating COVID-Related Hair Loss
Whether your hair loss was caused by illness or stress, you’ll want to seek treatment if the issue doesn’t resolve on its own. You can encourage new hair growth by maintaining a balanced diet that contains protein. In addition, use gentle hair care products and fewer heating and styling tools until your hair has been restored. Be sure to get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and practice stress management techniques to improve your overall health.
If simple changes at home haven’t reversed the problem, it might be time to consider a hair restoration treatment, like NeoGraft. The revolutionary procedure uses a unique extraction method to harvest hair follicles from the back of your head where it is the thickest. It’s then transplanted to the treatment site. Within a few weeks, you’ll see new hair growth filling in the areas that have thinned.
Is Hair Restoration Right for Me?
If you’ve experienced thinning hair due to the COVID pandemic, you can breathe easy, because professional help is available. Your hair restoration specialist will improve your confidence by growing your hair back naturally, so you can get back to your normal life.
About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Wiesman is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He has completed advanced training in many specialties, like hand and microvascular surgery, as well as hair restoration. If you’re ready to treat your hair loss, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for NeoGraft.