It’s not uncommon for new moms to experience noticeable hair loss shortly after having a baby. This is caused by falling estrogen levels and is temporary. If you are affected by postpartum hair loss and are looking for a safe, effective treatment, you can learn more about your options here.
Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum hair loss is perfectly normal following the birth of a child. It typically occurs within five months of giving birth, with hair usually returning to its normal fullness by your baby’s first birthday.
Each hair follicle has a natural renewal cycle and goes through several different stages – the growth stage, the resting stage, and the stage of active loss. Normally, most of the hair on your head is actively growing, with a small percentage of hair (5-15%) in the resting stage. The hair in the resting stage eventually falls out and is then replaced by new hair growth. On average, women shed around 100 hairs per day.
During pregnancy, the growing stage is prolonged, with fewer hairs in the resting stage, meaning hair often appears thicker and fuller due to elevated estrogen levels. However, following birth, estrogen levels drop significantly, causing more hairs to enter the resting stage, which leads to a period of excessive hair shedding, or ‘postpartum hair loss’.
When To Seek Treatment
Although the condition is temporary, it can lead to issues such as a decline in self-esteem and self-confidence. Some women may also find that their hair is ‘different’ compared to how it was before pregnancy, never returning to the same fullness and density.
If you are concerned about your hair loss or feel it is excessive, you should visit your healthcare provider, as hair loss can be a symptom of conditions such as anemia or postpartum thyroiditis requiring treatment. Your healthcare provider may also recommend you visit a dermatologist for further investigation.
Treatment Options for Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum hair loss cannot be prevented. However, there are things you can do to help volumize hair and regain its normal fullness:
- Use a volumizing shampoo to help the hair appear fuller.
- Avoid conditioning shampoos and intensive conditioners, which can weigh down the hair, making hair appear limp.
- Use a hair conditioner formulated for fine hair.
- Only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair to avoid weighing down the hair.
- Visit a good hair stylist to see if a different hairstyle would help hair appear fuller (Hair loss often appears more obvious among women with longer hair).
- Be gentle with hair, such as when brushing or styling hair, and avoid too much heat, which can damage hair and make it brittle.
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in vitamin D to improve the health of hair.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair Loss
PRP therapy is a safe, effective, regenerative treatment that can be used for various conditions, including hair loss. It is a natural treatment requiring no surgery or medication. PRP therapy utilizes important growth factor proteins derived from a small amount of your own blood to supercharge your body’s natural healing response to restore hair health and stimulate new hair growth.
A PRP treatment is a minimally invasive procedure, requiring a short 30-45 minute in-office visit. PRP is obtained from your blood sample, which is processed using a centrifuge into a concentrated serum of growth-factor-rich platelets. The PRP treatment is injected directly into the scalp using a very small, fine needle (numbing cream is applied to the scalp to prevent any discomfort during treatment). In some cases, PRP may also be applied topically to be absorbed through the layers of your skin. A series of treatments may be necessary to see desired results.
Treatment can significantly speed up the renewal process of hair follicles. This type of treatment is only recommended where functioning hair follicles can still be observed. It is used to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles to help them produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers. PRP therapy hair regrowth treatments can be used for:
- Thinning hair
- Postpartum Hair Loss
- Receding hair line
- Areas of slow hair growth
- Hair loss related to stress or aging
- Post chemotherapy
- Small areas of alopecia areata
After the PRP injections, the scalp may remain numb or tingle for a while, but this is only temporary. There is no downtime and minimal restrictions following the procedure. Side effects are rare but may include temporary redness, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas.
Treatment will be effective immediately after the procedure, but it may take 4 – 6 months to see the full benefits, with further improvements up to a full year following treatment.
Hair Regrowth Treatments Near Me, NIVA Health
To learn more about the benefits of regenerative medicine and find out whether PRP therapy could benefit you, call us today. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online or sign up for a complimentary consultation.