Can stress truly cause your hair to fall out? The definitive answer is yes. There are a variety of causes for hair loss and intensified stress is one of them. If stress is the trigger to your hair loss, the impact may not be seen until months after the onset of your increased stress levels. Ideally, by getting your stress back under control, your hair growth may resume naturally. The key is getting the correct diagnosis to ensure the appropriate treatment options are considered.
In this article we look at the three types of hair loss associated with high stress levels as well as other hair loss causes and various treatment options.
Types Of Hair Loss Linked To Stress
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three types of hair loss linked to high stress levels, they are:
- Telogen effluvium – significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs can start to shed when simply combing or washing your hair.
- Trichotillomania – an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom or frustration.
- Alopecia areata – a variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss. (Source: www.mayoclinic.org)
The effect of heightened stress on hair loss is usually reversible if you can reduce your stress levels back to normal. If you are concerned about your hair loss, the best approach is to speak to an experienced hair loss professional for an analysis of your condition.
Other Causes Of Hair Loss
The most common cause for hair loss and baldness is genetics. Other causes include nutrient deficiencies due to a poor diet, smoking, hormones and disease or infection. Once you have received an informed diagnosis for the cause of your hair loss, there are various treatment options to consider.
Treatment Options For Hair Loss And Hair Loss Prevention
For hair loss prevention or to thicken up your hair, you could consider Growth Factor Therapy featuring Factor4. This is a revolutionary new treatment method for patients suffering from alopecia. Treatment takes place through the injection of autologous serum into the scalp; with the goal of stimulating the scalp to endorse hair growth.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment can be used as hair loss prevention to thicken hair and stimulate new hair growth. A small amount of blood is taken and the blood cells removed to leave behind the plasma, containing growth factors and nutrients that stimulate follicle activity. The plasma is injected into the scalp to improve hair growth.
Scalp Micropigmentation increases the appearance of hair density and covers bald areas. Non-toxic pigment is applied to the area in a series of small dots simulating hair follicles, to colour the scalp and give the illusion of higher hair density. Micropigmentation is a good option if hair transplants are not suitable but can also be used in combination with a hair transplant to improve results.
Hair transplants are the only truly permanent solution to hair loss. Healthy hair follicles are taken from areas of the scalp that aren’t affected by hair loss and are implanted where they are needed. Gro’s tools have smaller diameters (less than 1mm) to help reduce the damage to the follicles during extraction and implantation. This means the follicles are more likely to ‘take’ in their new location due to a tighter fit in the skin. We also keep the follicles in a special growth solution (HypoThermosolTM), at a constant temperature of 4°C, to keep them healthy while they are waiting to be implanted. In reducing how much the follicles are handled between extraction and implantation, and providing optimum conditions for survival outside the body, we have increased our follicle survival rate to an exceptionally high level. Hair survival rates as high as 97% with Gro procedures.
With a hair implant, there are no stiches and no scars – the smaller diameter tools mean less pain, less trauma and faster healing, with 100% natural looking results.
A correct diagnosis is the first step. Gro are leaders in the hair transplant industry, applying the safest and most advanced innovations in hair replacement techniques and technology. Giving you healthy, natural looking hair with virtually no pain, no stitches and no scars, just 100% natural results, meaning you can enjoy your own hair, for life.
If you have been considering treatment options for hair loss, you can click on one of the buttons below or see more information on the hair transplant Sydney or hair transplant Brisbane pages. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 787 563 so we can answer any questions you have and show you how the Gro difference can provide a natural, permanent solution to your hair loss.