Telogen effluvium occurs when hair follicles on the scalp stop growing prematurely and enter the resting, or telogen, stage of their cycle. The resting phase lasts about three months, after which time the hairs will shed. However, regrowth is not as predictable, and it can often take between six and twelve months for hair to regrow.
It also often happens that we see patients whose hair has regrown but not to the thickness that it was before the telogen effluvium thinning began. Unlike male pattern hair loss, which manifests as a thinning atop the scalp and/or a receding hairline, telogen effluvium generally appears as a diffuse thinning all over the scalp.
For women’s hair loss, a thinning on the top of the head usually denotes the onset of female pattern hair loss, whereas (like in men), thinning all over the scalp is usually telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium tends to affect more women than men, on account of many of the triggers behind this type of hair loss are unique to women. Pregnancy terminations, birth control pills and childbirth can all trigger the condition.
If hair has failed to return to its previous condition, a visit to a hair loss specialist can confirm your diagnosis and a medical-based hair loss treatment plan can potentially regrow hair as quickly as possible. It’s also possible that your hair loss specialist will diagnose male pattern hair loss or the female equivalent alongside your telogen effluvium.
Unlike telogen effluvium, pattern hair loss always requires treatment to prevent it progressing. A bespoke treatment programme that contains at least one of the two medications licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for hair loss provides the best chance of efficiently addressing the condition.
The first of these medications, Propecia, is only available to men. It works by blocking DHT, the powerful androgen that causes follicular miniaturisation atop the scalp, which in turn leads to thinner, weaker hairs being produced. Blocking Propecia can halt the progress of balding and make it easier for healthier hair to grow back.
Often, though, Propecia is not enough by itself to regrow hair to its full potential. This is when minoxidil, which is available for both men and women, can come in useful. Minoxidil stimulates the hair follicle and can encourage new growth even when the follicle is damaged, as long as hair has not completely ceased to grow there.
Minoxidil comes in a range of strengths, and a dedicated hair loss specialist would be able to create a hair loss treatment plan centered around your ideal daily dosage. Belgravia also produce a high strength minoxidil cream for particularly stubborn patches of hair loss.
So, to establish whether it’s telogen effluvium or pattern hair loss that is causing your shedding, and to find out what hair loss products, including any treatment boosters, can help your hair loss, a consultation with a hair loss specialist is needed. You can also get an idea of the potential results achievable with a Belgravia treatment plan for people treating telogen effluvium (often at the same time as treating pattern hair loss) by looking at these success stories here, here and here.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.