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Does Stress Cause Hair Loss And How Can I Treat It?

It’s natural to lose several hairs from the head each day. However, if you seem to be losing more than usual, or if you’re losing a lot of hairs from a particular area of the scalp, stress could be an underlying cause.

The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. It’s incredibly common in men and women of all ages, and it’s been well established that hair loss, emotional stress, and anxiety are inextricably linked. However, it’s worth noting that there is usually a delay of around three months between stressful events and noticeable hair loss. By the time hair loss is noticeable, a lot of people have already recovered from the emotional stress they had been going through months previously.

Because hair loss is only apparent months after a stressful period, many people fail to make the connection between the two. If the stress is short-lived, it’s likely that hair will grow back months down the line.

What happens during stress-related hair loss?

When you’re stressed or anxious, your body produces hormones associated with the “fight or flight” response. This involves the body preparing itself with what it identifies as a potential threat – it’s an evolutionary throwback, essentially.

Will I need a hair transplant?

These hormonal changes can cause the hairs in your head to enter what is known as the “resting stage”. In most cases, it doesn’t mean your hair will permanently stop growing. However, long-term stress and anxiety can contribute to baldness, in which case you may want to arrange for an appointment at a London hair transplant clinic.

What is an FUE hair transplant?

FUE, or follicular unit extraction, is a treatment that involves the extraction of individual hair follicles from a donor area of the body – usually the back and sides of the head, where hair is thicker. These follicles are then inserted into bald areas of the head to restore hair growth to the area. It’s one of the most common hair restoration procedures in the world.

If you’d like more information about how an FUE hair transplant could help you regain your confidence, or to arrange for a no-obligation consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our team today.

Authored by

Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Roshan Vara

Dr Roshan Vara

Full Medical Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

GMC Registered - 7458409

Reviewed by

Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Dilan Fernando

Dr Dilan Fernando

Royal College of Surgeons

Executive Committee Member & Treasurer of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

GMC Registered - 7458157

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