The responsibilities of daily life, unexpected events, and even illness can take a toll on your body. If you don’t take time to unwind, you can develop anxiety, fatigue, and muscle tension. Unfortunately, the effects of stress don’t end there. Research shows it can also lead to hair loss. If you notice your beautiful locks aren’t as thick as they used to be, your hair loss specialist in Chicago has the solutions you need.
How are Stress and Hair Loss Connected?
Physical and emotional stress are linked to hair loss, as well as illness, injury, and surgery; however, you may not notice the results right away. It can take 6 to 12 weeks after the event to spot a problem because of changes in the growth cycle of your follicles.
There are 3 types of stress-related hair loss:
- Telogen Effluvium: The resting phase of growth is called telogen. Roughly 5-10% of your hair is in this phase at any given time. If you shed more stands daily than what’s replaced because the hair is stuck in the resting stage, telogen effluvium can occur.
- Trichotillomania: Extreme stress, anxiety, or other issues can cause a hair-pulling disorder, called trichotillomania. A person can pull the hair from the scalp, eyebrows, or lashes out of frustration or boredom.
- Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata is diagnosable by bald patches on the scalp caused by stress. It’s an autoimmune disorder, which makes the immune system attack the hair follicles.
How Do I Know If Stress Is the Cause?
The average person loses about 100 strands of hair per day, but if you notice there’s more hair in the drain or on your brush than usual, it can indicate a problem. You might even see your hair thinning or bald patches, especially if you pull out strands.
How Is Stress-Related Hair Loss Treated?
Often, stress-related hair loss will resolve on its own, but it can take some time to see any improvement because your hair will have to reach an active growing phase again. You can help encourage new growth by reducing your stress levels through relaxation techniques, exercise, and a healthy diet. If changes at home aren’t enough, it might be time to visit a hair restoration specialist.
They are trained to treat hair loss in Chicago to provide personalized solutions for each patient, like NeoGraft. The revolutionary procedure harvests your own hair using a unique extraction method to enjoy natural-looking results that can last.
You don’t need the added worry about thinning hair or bald patches triggering your anxiety levels. Your hair loss professional can restore your confidence to wear your favorite hairstyles again.
About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Wiesman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who holds extensive training in many specialties, like hair restoration. He is well-known for a variety of published papers and peer-reviewed journals, making him the trusted choice in the area to treat hair loss. Contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for NeoGraft.