Pregnancy Hair Loss Can Be Sign of Bigger Problem
August 29th, 2019 | Categories: Hair Loss
Pregnancy Hair Loss Can Be Sign of Bigger Problem –
The miracles of childbirth can also be accompanied by some not-so-miraculous changes in a new mother’s body. In addition to a weight gain and morning sickness, many women also experience the unpleasant side effect of hair loss during or after pregnancy.
Hair loss due to pregnancy – called Telogen Effluvium or TE – is typically temporary and takes about 6 month to a year for the hair to grow back in. But for some new mothers what appears to be TE can actually be the first appearance of a deeper problem.
What is Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss?
Each individual hair has resting and growth stages. The hormonal fluctuations experienced by a woman during and after pregnancy can cause a larger percentage of the woman’s hair follicles to go into the dormant, resting phase. And, as hairs fall out, the follicles do not produce a new ones. The result is thinning of the hair – either in patches, or all over the head.
Telogen Effluvium is believed to affect up to 40% of pregnant women to some extent. The excessive shedding can occur at any time during pregnancy – or may occur from one to five months after delivery.
When TE Hair Loss Doesn’t Return
When the hair loss from pregnancy doesn’t naturally restore itself in the typical 6 month to one year period, it is time to see a dermatologist. This is because some women may be transitioning into Androgenic Alopecia – also called “male pattern baldness”. And, unlike TE, “male pattern baldness” (which affects both men and women) is NOT temporary and requires medical intervention to save and restore hair growth.
In other words, if a woman is experiencing Androgenic Alopecia, it will only progress and get worse – unless early intervention treatments such as PRP or Stem Cell injections are pursued.
What is Androgenic Alopecia Hair Loss?
Androgenic alopecia is a type of hair loss that is hereditary – and it affects both men and women, even though it is also called “male pattern baldness”. Androgenic Alopecia typically manifests with a receding hairline and/or a gradual loss of hair from the crown and the front of the scalp.
Androgenic Alopecia Hair Loss can begin as early as the late teens or early 20s – but often only becomes problematically noticeable in the 30s or 40s. However, the earlier that intervention treatments are begun, the better the outcome at arresting further hair loss and restoring hair growth.
Treating TE & Androgenic Alopecia Hair Loss
For many women the appearance of TE hair loss during pregnancy will disappear in less than a year. But for some women, the occurrence of what appears to be TE can actually be the beginning of permanent Androgenic Alopecia. In our New York, NY dermatology office we have seen many women with what they thought was Telogen Effluvium hair loss during or after pregnancy, that actually turned out to be Androgenic Alopecia.
The good news is that new, state-of-the-art PRP and Stem Cell hair loss treatments can naturally & effectively treat BOTH temporary Telogen Effluvium hair loss due to pregnancy – as well as permanent Androgenic Alopecia – using just the body’s own platelets.
And, while topical chemical treatments or oral medications for hair loss are not an option for pregnant or nursing women, both PRP and Stem Cell hair loss treatments can safely be used while pregnant or nursing. This is because the procedures only use cells taken from the woman’s own blood or fat to regrow hair.
New York, NY dermatologist Gary Goldenberg is one of only a few doctors in the entire New York, NY area to offer both of these innovative, drug-free, 100% safe and natural hair loss treatments.
Prompt Hair Loss Treatment is Crucial
Both PRP and Stem Cell hair loss treatments, and other hair restoration methods including nutritional supplements and topical medications, are highly effective – but all hair loss treatments are most effective when obtained before total hair loss or bald patches occur.
If you have suffered from pregnancy related hair loss, schedule an appointment at Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY. With our state-of-the-art hair restoration treatments, we can treat both temporary TE hair loss, as well as get a start on stopping further Androgenic Alopecia hair loss, while restoring hair growth.
Hair Loss Treatments – New York, NY
If you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, the dermatologists at Goldenberg dermatology can help you restore a full, healthy head of hair – with affordable, natural, non-surgical PRP and Stem Cell hair loss treatments. At our new York, NY dermatology office, we also offer highly effective hair restoration nutritional supplements, shampoos and lotions that can be used in conjunction with these hair loss treatment.
Call us today and schedule an appointment at our New York, NY dermatology office – and board certified dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldenberg can identify the cause of your hair loss as well as determine which hair restoration treatments are right for you.