Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss Diagnosis and Treatment at Simone Thomas Trichology Clinics in Bournemouth and Poole
On average, we all shed around 100 hairs every day. If you are suffering from Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss however, you may lose up to 3 times this amount and your hair will start to lose volume. It can take several months to notice that your hair is thinning and when you do, it is vital that you seek professional help and advice from a hair loss specialist at a hair loss clinic. The expert trichologists at internationally acclaimed Simone Thomas hair loss clinics in Westbourne and Sandbanks are highly experienced at diagnosing the causes of hair loss and treating it.
Hair Loss Diagnosis and Treatment
The Normal Hair Growth Cycle & Changes with Telogen Effluvium
At any given time, around 85- 90% of the hairs on the average person’s head are actively growing. This is called the anagen phase. The other 10-15% of the hairs are in the resting phase, otherwise known as the telogen phase. Hair is in the anagen phase for around 2-4 years before entering the resting phase for around 2-4 months, then shedding to make room for the new hair growth.
On average, we shed around 100 hairs every day. Telogen Effluvium sufferers will shed around 300 hairs a day due to an increased amount of hair (around 30%) going into the resting phase and then shedding. Your hair will feel thinner due the increased amount of shedding, and even though each hair is replaced with new hair, it can take months for it to grow significantly enough to contribute to the overall thickness of your hair.
Causes of Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss
Telogen Effluvium hair loss can be triggered for several reasons. We recommend a careful evaluation of possible triggers with a thorough hair loss consultation by a specialist at a hair loss clinic, such as the Simone Thomas hair loss clinics in Poole. There is a 95% chance of complete recovery from Telogen Effluvium hair loss when the triggers are identified and it rarely lasts longer than 6 months. Examples of some of the triggers of Telogen Effluvium hair loss are:
- Undergoing major surgery procedures
- A major physical trauma such as a sporting injury or car accident
- Major psychological stress such as divorce
- Illness, infection or a high fever
- Extreme weight loss through diet or illness
- An iron deficiency
- Abrupt hormonal changes such as childbirth & menopause
Most Telogen Effluvium hair loss cases can be diagnosed with a hair loss consultation where your medical history will be examined, as will your scalp and hair using a nioscope. Your hair loss specialist may order a blood test to be undertaken to check for thyroid abnormalities and iron deficiency. We are able to offer private blood tests at our Sandbanks Clinic.
Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss Treatments
It is important to remember that we can do nothing to prevent the physical shock that can lead to Telogen Effluvium hair loss, however if something controllable such as a poor diet is the contributing factor you should make the necessary adjustments. The Simone Thomas hair loss clinics in Bournemouth and Poole can find nutritionists to ensure that you have a balanced diet.
Unfortunately, there are no effective Telogen Effluvium treatments. If you are on medication for another issue or illness, then make an appointment with your doctor to discuss an alternative course of action or medication. If after time, your hair has not grown back to a satisfactory level your doctor could prescribe minoxidil, which when applied to the scalp may stimulate hair growth. If, in the interim of waiting for your hair to grow back your hair loss specialist may be able to offer you hair loss treatments such as scalp microdermabrasion’s, nutritional advice, hair extensions, wigs or hair pieces.
Once you have established the cause of your Telogen Effluvium hair loss most people will find that within 6-9 months their hair grows back. It is important to remember that Telogen Effluvium hair loss is mostly temporary, so once the trigger has been identified it should be easy to rectify.
Top Telogen Effluvium Recovery Signs
When you are suffering from hair loss, you may feel like it will last forever. It’s easy to feel down when your hair is shedding in the shower, while you sleep and when you brush. But when you start to see the recovery signs, you will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel! These are the recovery signs to look out for:
Long- Term Shedding Reduction
Typically, Telogen Effluvium will start 2 to 4 months after a triggering event. The hair will start to shed longer than the normal shedding cycle and you will notice more hair loss than normal. However, if you have resolved the root cause of the trigger, this excessive shredding should only last up to 6 months. If you notice your hair is a little thicker (and less clumps in the sinkhole) you may be well on your way to recovery.
Not sure what is causing your hair loss? Speak to our trained trichologists at our Simone Thomas hair loss clinics in Bournemouth and Poole. We can help identify the cause and suggest the best hair loss treatment for you.
You Feel Less Stressed
Stress is one of the most common causes of Telogen Effluvium. This can cause a vicious cycle effect, as losing your hair is very stressful alone! If stress or anxiety is the root cause of your hair loss, we advise you seek counselling or another form of support to help you through tough times. Mediation, exercise and more sleep may also help you feel less stressed. After 3- 6 months of stress management, you may find your hair starting to grow back.
You Feel Healthier
Telogen Effluvium can also be directly linked to poor health. This may be due to:
• a symptom of medication
• a reaction to an underlying condition (such as autoimmune disease, or a thyroid problem)
• unbalanced diet
A lack of protein or iron may be the cause of your hair loss. If you have been eating a balanced diet of protein and iron-rich foods, such as eggs, fish and dark green vegetables, you may be feeling a spring in your step and more volume in your hair. Dietary supplements can be a great help if you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Be sure to see our range of Simone Thomas Wellness products, designed to boost your everyday nutrition levels.
This may seem obvious, but re-growth is a clear sign of recovery which can go unmissed. Telogen Effluvium may be more severe in some areas of the scalp than others. Commonly, it causes more hair loss on the top of the scalp. After 3- 6 months of shedding, check for signs of regrowth on the top of your hairline. Use a mirror or ask a loved one to help if you have difficulty seeing any growth on the crown of your head.
Book a Hair Loss Consultation at Simone Thomas Trichology Clinics in Dorset
Our highly qualified and experienced teams can help with the diagnosis and treatment of your hair loss. Book a consultation today by calling 01202 760003 (Bournemouth Clinic) or 01202 748899 (Sandbanks Clinic). Alternatively you can book online or request a consultation by completing the form below.