With the season of leaf fall, some people also find they lose more hair than normal, but don’t panic. Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal. Also that, at certain times of the year, it is perceived as something more striking. «It is not a worrying hair loss. There is simply a more intense hair change at that time. Called telogen effluvium. Although it is a type of fall that alarms because more hair is seen in the shower, the brush or the pillow, the root of the hair is not affected. That hair that falls out is going to come out again ”, reassures Antonio Clemente, a dermatologist who is a member of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and
Although there is no scientific explanation for this fall that some people notice more in autumn, Dr. Eduardo López Bran, dermatologist expert in hair transplantation and director of the Imema clinic, considers that circumstances typical of these dates as they are «Returning to work, post-vacation discouragement, or stress can lead to telogenic effluvium, trigger latent alopecia or aggravate it, if it was already underway. That is why he recommends that, in the event of any sign of a severe fall, you consult a specialist. Finding a solution early stops the vicious cycle of hair loss anxiety that keeps hair loss.
Stress is not the only factor that can trigger a more intense one-off fall, but also other situations such as infections, surgeries, drugs or low-calorie diets below 1,500 calories, to give a few examples.
Also, you have to be aware that hair is not perennial. Have a life cycle divided into 3 stages: growth phase or anagen, transition or catagen, and resting or telogen. In a normal situation, 89 percent of our hair is in the first stage, 1% in the second and 10% (about 10,000 hairs) in the last, which is the fall.
If we are facing a more intense temporary loss, and we are concerned about noticing a lower density for some time, there are treatments that accelerate the replacement. «We can use some ccomplex of vitamins, trace elements and amino acids to strengthen the keratin, which is the hair beam. Thus the follicle finds the necessary nutrients for its recovery, ”says López Bran. Although for this expert the most efficient treatment in these cases is the platelet rich plasma that, thanks to growth factors, “improves vascularity so that the recovery of hair lost by telogen effluvium is better and faster.” This technique can also be combined, according to Dr. López Bran, with the low intensity laser to accelerate results.
For cases of very intense telogen effluvia, another treatment option is the minoxidil, a molecule that lengthens the hair growth phase (anagen) with proven efficacy.
But before acting, you have to have a correct diagnosis because there are more than a hundred different types of alopecia. «The dermatologist should not be the last resort to consult when we notice a problem in the hair, but the first. In general, today, the effectiveness of medical treatments for hair loss is high, but it is needed a correct diagnosis, start on time and be consistent», Concludes Dr. Clemente.