How Long Will It Take For Hair To Grow Back?
The good news is that most instances of telogen effluvium go away within three to six months, when the extra hairs that were prematurely converted into telogen shed. This distinctive recovery occurs following an instigating event, such as COVID-19 infection.
Those hairs will gradually change back to normal when that phase is ended. The loss of hair follicles is not caused by telogen effluvium. Hair follicles are still there, and hair will recover eventually, even if hair does not grow momentarily.
Patients may find that their hair is not as thick as it previously was even after the loss has ceased. This is due to how slowly hair grows on average, roughly a centimeter every month. It may take over two years for new hairs to reach shoulder length and for a ponytail to feel full again if someone has shoulder length hair.
Long-term COVID patients may have chronic telogen effluvium as a symptom. This is most likely due to the fact that their bodies are still under a lot of stress and aren’t completely back to normal. Patients with persistent telogen effluvium, will not lose all of their hair since the percentage of telogen hairs never surpasses 50%.
Treatment Options Available To You In Toronto
Hair shedding is a disorder that requires time and patience to treat. As hair loss experts in Toronto, the greatest thing we can do is reassure patients that this is a self-limiting disease and that their hair will grow back. Patients are given the tools they need to assess their health and track their progress at home. A patient can be requested to complete a 60-second brushing test and gather the hairs in a pile to measure how much hair they lose on a regular basis. The patient may then gauge if their condition is improving over time.
In some cases, medications may be challenging, particularly for people with acute telogen effluvium. It’s difficult to determine when to quit using a hair-growth prescription after you’ve started. However, we believe that medication or other therapy are appropriate for people who are still shedding four to six months after beginning. If you’ve been on medication to help with hair loss, we recommend tracking how much hair loss you’re losing on a daily basis after being continuously on that treatment for about 3 months- this will help determine whether it is helping or not.
Any kind of hair loss, may be a substantial mental stressor, which can add to hair shedding if not handled. While it’s reasonable to be upset, we believe that giving our patients the tools to track their own progress at home and emphasizing the significance of stress management are critical to a successful recovery.