According to the American Hair Loss Association, Telogen Effluvium (TE) is the second most common form of hair loss, and “a condition that causes an increased number of hairs to enter the telogen, or resting phase. The additional shedding usually occurs in response to various stresses such as emotional trauma, post-pregnancy, illness, major surgery, and certain medications.”
To understand TE a little better, it’s important to note that the hair growth phase is cyclical, meaning the hair follicle goes through cycles of growth that repeat over a period of time. The telogen phase as depicted in the image below is the resting phase when you will shed the hair to make room for new hairs.
During a Telogen Effluvium episode you can notice more excessive shedding. The telogen phase of the hair cycle is the resting phase. During Telogen Effluvium, either the telogen phase is extended or an abnormal number of hairs enter this phase. It usually presents as a diffuse hair loss, meaning coming from all parts of the scalp.
Telogen Effluvium usually presents as excessive shedding and occurs from all parts of the scalp. By definition, TE is a nonscarring, temporary hair loss condition from the scalp that occurs around 3 months after a triggering event. It is usually self-limiting, lasting for about 6 months. In TE, hair loss is usually less than 50% of the scalp hair.(National Library of Medicine).
Most commonly an individual will see increased shedding of hair. This can be caused by pregnancy, rapid weight loss, protein deficiency, emotional stress, physical illness, surgery, trauma, and some medications. The true causes of Telogen Effluvium is still being researched and has yet to be determined due to lack of data.
Treating Telogen Effluvium is really a two step process. The first step is determining what is causing the “shock” to your body, resulting in hair loss. Our female hair loss experts will go over your complete medical history with you in your initial consultation. It is possible there was a singular insult like a major surgery, however, with more chronic issues like stress or medications, you will need to correct the underlying cause to truly treat your Telogen Effluvium.
The second step to treat Telogen Effluvium is to try and strengthen and rejuvenate your hair. The good news is that Telogen Effluvium can often resolve on its own once the initial stressor has stopped. It will just take time and can take up to 1-2 years. However, treatment can often help speed up the recovery time.
While not all treatments are appropriate for Telogen Effluvium, a combination of Low Level Laser Therapy and hair loss supplements can be very effective. Each treatment is different and based on your consultation with your female hair loss specialist. Our expert team of specialists can determine what treatment is best for you.
Continued care outside of your medical appointments with Medi Tresse can help with treating your Telogen Effluvium. Hair regrowth doesn’t just happen in the office. It’s up to you to ensure that your hair can grow back healthy and strong with the results that you desire.
While Telogen Effluvium is common, the good news is that it is usually reversible and complete regrowth occurs in about a year or two. However, it is extremely important to determine the cause and treat both the underlying cause and the hair loss.