Postpartum Hair Loss
Bringing a new life into the world is an extraordinary experience for any woman. However, along with the joys of motherhood, many women face the distressing issue of postpartum hair loss. While it is a common occurrence, understanding its causes, duration, and available treatments can provide reassurance to new mothers. In this blog, we will delve into the topic of postpartum hair loss and shed light on its various aspects.

Causes of Hair Loss Postpartum

Hair loss Postpartum, also known as telogen effluvium, is a temporary hair loss condition that affects many women after childbirth. During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause hair to remain in the growth phase for an extended period, resulting in luscious, voluminous locks. However, after giving birth, hormone levels return to normal, triggering a shedding phase that can last several months.  
Postpartum Hair Loss
If you are experiencing excessive hair shedding postpartum, seeking medical assistance may help you manage and treat hair loss.

Timeline of Postpartum Hair Loss

During pregnancy, elevated estrogen levels prolong the hair’s growing stage. Fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you may have thicker, more luxuriant tresses. After delivery, hormone levels start returning to normal and postpartum hair loss start around three to six months after the baby is born. This delay occurs because the hair growth cycle is disrupted during pregnancy, and the shedding phase is postponed. The duration and intensity of postpartum hair loss vary from person to person, but it usually resolves within six to twelve months postpartum.

Treat Postpartum Hair Loss

While postpartum hair loss is a natural phenomenon, there are several ways to manage and promote hair regrowth during this period. Postpartum hair loss treatment may include:
  • Balanced Nutrition: Consuming a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein can support hair health and growth.
  • Gentle Hair Care: Be gentle with your hair, avoiding excessive heat styling, harsh chemicals, and tight hairstyles that can further weaken the hair follicles.
  • Scalp Massages: Regular scalp massages can improve blood circulation to the hair follicles and promote hair growth.
  • Topical Treatments and Medications: Certain topical treatments and medications containing minoxidil, can stimulate hair regrowth.
Postpartum Hair Loss
Shedding hair is perfectly normal postpartum due to hormones stabilising, however, too much hair can be a symptom of postpartum alopecia.

When Should You Seek Professional Care When Suffering From Postnatal Hair Loss

If you notice visible bald patches, excessive shedding or thinning areas on your scalp during postnatal hair loss, it is recommended to seek professional care. These signs may indicate a more severe form of hair loss or a condition known as postpartum alopecia. A dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can evaluate your condition, provide a proper diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options to promote hair regrowth and address any underlying issues. Remember, early intervention can lead to better outcomes and help restore your confidence in your hair’s appearance.

Why Choose ICCM for Your Postpartum Hair Loss?

At ICCM, we understand the emotional impact that postpartum hair loss can have on new mothers. Our team of experienced specialists is dedicated to helping you regain confidence in your appearance, offering several successful hair loss treatment options. Here’s why ICCM should be your go-to destination for addressing postpartum hair loss:
  • Expertise and Experience: Our clinic boasts a team of highly skilled professionals specialising in hair restoration, who have successfully treated numerous cases of postpartum hair loss.
  • Tailored Treatment Plans: We offer personalised treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and concerns. Our experts will assess your condition and provide you with the most effective solutions available.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: ICCM is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and the latest technologies in hair restoration, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care.
  • Supportive Environment: We provide a compassionate and supportive environment where you can openly discuss your concerns and receive the guidance you need.

How to book an appointment with ICCM in Sydney

To book an appointment or inquire, you can fill out our online contact form, email us at [email protected] or contact us by telephone at 02 9233 3103 (Sydney CBD Clinic) or 02 4605 9024 (Campbelltown Clinic).

FAQs

Below you can find the questions that we’re most frequently asked:

Is postpartum hair loss preventable?

While postpartum hair loss cannot be entirely prevented, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, consuming a balanced diet rich in nutrients, practising gentle hair care, and avoiding excessive heat styling or harsh chemicals can help minimise the severity of hair loss.

Can breastfeeding cause or worsen postpartum hair loss?

While breastfeeding can lead to temporary thinning hair, it does not directly cause postpartum hair loss. The hormonal changes after childbirth are the primary cause.

What not to do during postpartum hair loss?

During postpartum hair loss, it is advisable to avoid aggressive brushing or styling, tight hairstyles, and chemical treatments that can further damage weakened hair follicles. Additionally, refrain from using harsh hair products that may exacerbate the condition.

Why is my postpartum hair loss so bad?

Postpartum hair loss can vary in severity from person to person. Factors such as hormonal fluctuations, genetic predisposition, and individual hair growth cycles can contribute to the extent of hair loss. If you feel your hair loss is excessive or causing distress, consulting a professional can help determine if there are underlying issues that require attention.

How can I reduce my postpartum hair loss?

While it may not be possible to completely prevent postpartum hair loss, you can take steps to reduce its impact. Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, gentle hair care practices, and regular scalp massages to improve blood circulation, and consider using topical treatments recommended by professionals to stimulate hair regrowth.

How much hair loss is too much postpartum?

Postpartum hair loss is considered totally normal within a certain range. Losing around 50 to 100 strands of hair per day is typical. If you notice excessive clumps of hair falling out or bald patches, it may indicate a more severe form of hair loss. You should not be losing so much hair that it concerns you. If this is the case seeking professional care is advised and can help determine if your hair loss is within the normal range or if further evaluation is required.

When does postpartum hair loss stop after breastfeeding?

Postpartum hair loss is primarily triggered by hormonal changes after childbirth and is not directly related to breastfeeding. It typically follows its natural course and resolves within six to twelve months postpartum, regardless of breastfeeding status.

How can I stop my hair from falling out after pregnancy?

It is important to understand that postpartum hair loss is a temporary condition, and the hair usually regrows on its own. However, you can help minimise hair loss by following a healthy lifestyle, maintaining good hair care habits, and considering treatments such as scalp massages or topical solutions recommended by professionals.

How can I help stimulate hair growth postpartum?

To help stimulate hair growth postpartum, focus on a nutrient-rich diet, including foods that promote hair health such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and foods high in vitamins and minerals. Additionally, scalp massages, using gentle hair care products, and considering treatments like minoxidil or other hair growth-promoting products suggested by professionals may aid in stimulating hair regrowth.

Do mothers with fine hair experience more hair loss postpartum than mothers with thicker hair?

No, the amount of postpartum hair loss experienced is not necessarily influenced by the thickness or texture of a mother’s hair. Postpartum hair loss is primarily caused by hormonal changes after childbirth, rather than hair thickness. This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Doctor Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.Read More