Stress and Hair Loss

Understanding Stress and Hair Loss

Stress can cause a lot of damage to our body, and of course our hair as well.  The medical term used to describe hair loss caused by stress is known as Telogen Effluvium.  Let’s get the facts on Telogen Effluvium with Scott Moore at Great Directions Australia.  The Registered Nurses have helped over 300 people who have been diagnosed with Telogen Effluvium by using our PRP for Hair Treatments to help to stabilise and prevent hair thinning and to encourage the regrowth of thicker and healthier hair.
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Telogen Effluvium & Hair Loss

Telogen Effluvium is the name of a medical condition describing excessive hair fall & shedding.  People with Telogen Effluvium often mistake the condition for genetic hair loss.  Although it is common to have both forms of hair loss, if a patient has telogen effluvium their hair follicles are not functioning correctly, whereas genetic hair loss causes permanent weakening of the hair follicle.  This web-page helps to explain the life-cycle of a hair follicle & what Telogen Effluvium is, it’s causes & treatment options.
Telogen Effluvium & Hair Loss

Hair Growth Phases

To grow a strand of hair, you need a hair follicle.  Hair has 3 growth phases. There are 3 x phases for a hair follicle = Anagen Phase, Catagen Phase & Telogen Phase.

  • Anagen Phase is the term used to describe the growth phase.  During the Anagen Phase, your hair follicles are growing a strand of hair.  Approx 85% of hair follicles are in the Anagen Phase at any given time.
  • Catagen Phase is the term used to describe the end of the Anagen Phase (growth phase).  In the catagen phase, your hair follicle enters a “resting phase”, therefore your hair will no long grow.
  • Telogen Phase is the term used to describe the “resting” phase of a hair follicle.  After shedding the hair (in catagen phase), the hair follicle will become dormant and not grow a strand of hair.  It can stay in this phase from 1-4 months in duration resulting in hair fall also known as hair shedding.
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What are the symptoms of Telogen Effluvium?

Symptoms of Telogen Effluvium can include:

  • Excessive amounts of hair shedding (hair fall)
  • Telogen Effluvium can impact hair follicles from all parts of the scalp, however it is more common for the hair follicles impacted by Telogen Effluvium to be from the frontal, midscalp & crown regions of the scalp.
  • The hair fall or hair shedding, happens in a dispersed pattern, therefore unlikely to be in the shape of genetic hair loss which can recede from the frontal hair line (for example)
  • Normally, the Telogen Phase will last approx 1-4 mths.  In Telogen Effluvium, hair follicle remain in this phase for a longer period of time, this means hair continues to shed, and it takes longer for the hair follicles to return to the Anagen Phase (Growth Phase)

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What causes Telogen Effluvium?

The cause of Telogen Effluvium can include:

  • Emotional Stress – increased levels of stress can cause Telogen Effluvium
  • Physical Stress – eg. Surgery. Physical stress can cause Telogen Effluvium
  • Diet – a poor diet & low levels of nutrition can cause Telogen Effluvium
  • Women’s Menstruation – thought to be because of the issues menstruation can create for the nutritional levels of the body (eg Iron + Vitamin B levels)
  • Drugs – the use of some medications & drugs can cause Telogen Effluvium – eg anti-depressants
  • Lifestyle – the use of recreational drugs can also cause Telogen Effluvium.

What causes telogen effluvium

Treatments for Telogen Effluvium?

Deciding what is the best hair treatment for Telogen Effluvium requires an understanding about what is causing Telogen Effluvium for each patient. There are a few approaches that can be followed when treating Telogen Effluvium:

  • Treat the symptoms: treatments that increase blood supply to the hair follicle can assist in treating Telogen Effluvium. One of the best telogen effluvium treatments is PRP Injections.  PRP Treatments harness the growth factors found within a patient’s blood & injects them around hair follicles that require it.  Great Directions have performed more than 8000 PRP Hair Treatments and our prices start from $199/treatment* To view our current specials – click here   PRP Telogen Effluvium Treatments can help to activate the anagen phase for the hair follicle, however the real CAUSE for Telogen Effluvium has not been treated, and the condition may return if the cause is not addressed.
  • Treat the cause – nutritional deficiency :  to ensure long term treatment & prevention of Telogen Effluvium, the main trigger or cause needs to be addressed.  If the cause is caused because of nutritional levels, addressing the patients deficiencies AND planning ongoing nutritional levels may be required.  For example, what caused the deficiency in the first place.   PRP Hair Loss Treatments can accelerate return of hair follicles into anagen phase (growth phase) however PRP injections will not prevent Telogen Effluvium from returning.
  •  Treat the cause – physical stress related: if the cause of Telogen Effluvium is related to physical stress (eg an injury or surgery), enabling rest + recovery from the physical stress is often sufficient.   PRP Hair Loss Treatments can help to activate the anagen phase (growth phase), therefore promoting the hair follicles to grow hair. PRP injections will not prevent Telogen Effluvium from returning unless the physical stress has been addressed and prevented.
  • Treat the cause – psychological stress related: psychological stress and emotional stress is a common cause of Telogen Effluvium.  PRP Hair Loss Treatments can help to activate the anagen phase (growth phase), therefore promoting the hair follicles to grow hair. PRP injections will not prevent Telogen Effluvium from returning unless the psychological stress is addressed. 

Minoxidil vs PRP Treatments for Telogen Effluvium?

  • Minoxidil is a common treatment used to treat Telogen Effluvium, it is a vaso-dilator, meaning Minoxodil helps to improve the supply of blood to your hair follicle.  You blood contacts growth factors, these growth factors help to activate cells to GROW and DEVELOP.  Therefore, minoxidil can help activate the growth phase (anagen phase) for hair follicles in Telogen Effluvium.  Minoxidil requires daily application (sometime twice daily).  Side effects of Minoxidil can be redness, scalp iritation, excess hair shedding for the first 1-2 mths when starting to use it.  
  • PRP Hair Treatments offer an alternative to Minoxidil when treating Telogen Effluvium.  Minoxidil improves blood supply – however the blood is the normal quality.  PRP Treatments harness the PLATELETS and PLASMA of your blood, therefore the red + white blood cells are discarded.  The Platelets & the Plasma carry growth factors.  These growth factors are chemical signals that help our bodies cells to produce a stronger output.  For your hair follicles, rather than receive normal growth factor supply in using Minoxidil, PRP supplies a concentrated supply of your body’s own growth factors. Because of the enhanced supply of growth factors, unlike Minoxidil, PRP does not require daily treatment.  When treating Telogen Effluvium, we recommend 3-5 PRP Treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart.
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Why trust Great Directions?

We mentioned that one of the causes of Telogen Effluvium can be physical stress.  PRP Treatments require the extraction of blood, harvesting the PRP within the blood, then re-injecting it around the hair follicles that require the treatment.  At Great Directions our approach in administering PRP Hair Treatments is ideal for Telogen Effluvium patients.

  • Volume of PRP Injected:  Many clinics that offer PRP Treatments can collect 300-600% more blood than what we collect at Great Directions.  These same clinics justify this by saying that the client does not need to return for PRP Treatments as frequent as Great Directions PRP clients do.  This is true, however when injecting 300-600% more PRP into a patient’s scalp can result in excessive swelling & bruising for 1-4 days following the PRP treatment.  This approach results in further PHYSICAL stress & therefore may be adding to the cause of telogen effluvium for the patient.  At Great Directions, we use 10-20mL of whole blood (at a maximum).  This means approx 5-10mL of PRP will be used, which is 300-600% lower than volumes mentioned by other clinics, therefore the Great Directions PRP Treatments are less likely to create excess swelling or bruising.  We have performed more than 8000 PRP Treatments, and 99.1% of surveyed patients said they had not swelling or bruising following their PRP treatments with Great Directions.
  • Is local anesthetic injected? The greater the volume of PRP that is injected into the scalp, is likely to require the injection of local anesthetic.  Injected local anesthetic adds to the volume of liquid injected & therefore may enhance the degree & volume of swelling – therefore further adding to the concerns regarding physical stress and telogen effluvium.  At Great Directions, because we follow the approach of  LESS PRP VOLUME + MORE FREQUENTLY vs LARGE PRP VOLUMES + INFREQUENTLY – we do not need an injection of local anesthetic – topical creams are used to maintain patient comfort.
  • How the PRP in injected?: At Great Directions, each PRP hair treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient.  If a patient’s scalp is not in good health, the PRP treatment will be used to enhance of the SCALP and the HAIR FOLLICLES.  If the scalp’s health is good, the PRP treatment will focus more on the hair follicles, the skin still will benefit, however the method and device used to administer the PRP injection may alter.  At Great Directions, we use devices which provide treatment to a pre-set depth & a pre-set volume of PRP being administered for each and every injection.  Depending on the device used, patients should expect 1500-8000 injections in each PRP Treatment. Some clinics rely on manual injections to administer the PRP, therefore in a PRP treatment approx 20-100 manual injections are administered.   Because the injections are using a traditional needle + syringe, the injector needs to manually measure the depth & volume of each injection. At Great Directions, the results we have been able to achieve using our PRP treatment approach (coupled with the volume of patients we have treated) has allowed us to monitor, review and adapt our treatments to enhance treatment outcomes & reduce the occurrence of adding physical or psychological stress.
  • What other treatments does the clinic perform? At Great Directions, we have performed more than 8000 PRP Hair Treatments.  We perform PRP treatments for hair regrowth & skin rejuvenation.  Because of this, we have the benefits of “Economy of Scale”!  This helps us to keep our PRP Hair Treatment prices low & accessible!omen’s Menstruation – thought to be because of the issues menstruation can create for the nutritional levels of the body (eg Iron + Vitamin B levels)

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