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Psychological effects caused by hair loss

Psychological effects caused by hair loss

Male and female androgenetic alopecia can have psychological repercussions on daily life. Hair loss may affect personal life : the feeling of being old, lack of self-confidence, dissatisfaction regarding one’s physical appearance. Hair loss can also have consequences on the private life. The perception of being less attractive. Social life can be affected as well.

It’s not uncommon, for example, for a depression to cause hair loss and that healing from this depression will be followed by actual regrowth. The same goes for the healing of certain scalp conditions.

These days, hair loss is no longer of catastrophic proportions. We can help you to take effective action against your baldness. A wide range of treatments and surgical techniques are at your disposal.

EnIn the end, hair transplant is often relied on. It can be symbiotically optimised by another treatment. It remains, in the vast majority of cases, the only solution which allows you to keep your own hair indefinitely.

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium

What is telogen effluvium or diffuse hair loss ?

This is a sudden loss of hair, often quite abundant and scattered over the entire hair range. This hair loss isn’t localised in certain areas as in androgenetic hair loss.

There are three phases in the hair’s life cycle :

  1. Anagen phase (growth)
  2. Catagen phase (transition)
  3. Telogen phase (a phase of rest and shedding)

Telogen effluvium is hair loss linked to a rapid rise to the telogen phase by a certain number of hairs under the influence of a harmful factor.

Telogen effluvium

Hairs in the telogen phase often stay attached to the scalp for a period of 2 to 4 months before shedding. In general, the cause can be determined by a retrospective investigation going back 2 to 4 months before the start of the hair loss.

Telogen effluvium can have several influencing factors:

Organic causes

Anaemia (nutritional deficiencies such as zinc, iron or calcium)
Difficult Menstruation
The period following childbirth or breastfeeding
Chronic disease
Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
Drug intake
Surgical intervention
Taking medicines (anticoagulants)

Psychological causes

Emotional shock

Diagnosis of your telogen effluvium by your specialist doctor:

Blood test
Visual analyses

Solutions to telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium is quite an inconveniencing hair disease but luckily, it’s reversible.

Your specialist doctor needs to determine the cause of the diffuse hair loss. After undergoing adequate treatment, the hair loss will often be accompanied by the regrowth of new hairs that will progressively replace those that were shed. This renewal generally occurs after a period of three months.

Shock Loss

Shock Loss

Shock loss can occur after use of both extraction techniques (FUE and FUT).

SAlthough some rare cases of permanent hair loss were reported, shock loss is mostly temporary. One needs to distinguish between shock loss of freshly implanted hairs and that of those which were already present.

In most cases, newly implanted hairs are shed within 3 weeks. On the other hand, the cells surrounding the hairs stay in place. Hairs will subsequently regrow within 4 to 6 months after your procedure. The final result can be expected within 12 to 18 weeks after your procedure.

Shock loss of the hair still present is a more complicated matter. It can be the result of scalp fatigue due to the procedure and this may cause hairs in the diminishing phase to shed.

This diminishing can be prevented or moderated by use of minoxidil. In certain cases, minoxidil will have a strengthening effect on diminishing hairs. Hairs will be thicker and more resistant to the hair transplant procedure. Shock loss can be reduced by shaving the donor area. Better visibility will allow the surgeon to analyse the hairs’ insertion angle better and to avoid damaging the existing hairs.


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