Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More information on WLS hair loss

I have been following Amelia's WLS journey on YouTube. She had surgery within a few weeks of me and she started out at the exact same weight as I did. She's doing awesome and just had plastic surgery to remove excess tummy skin. She recently posted a video with information about hair loss and some recommendations from her dermatologist. The official diagnosis: Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss. Thought I'd share an article I dug up about this condition. It is normal to lose up to about 100 hairs a day on one's comb, brush, in the sink or on the pillow. This is the result of the normal hair growth cycle. Hairs will grow for a few years, then rest for a few months, shed, and regrow. Telogen is the name for the resting stage of the hair growth cycle. A telogen effluvium is when some stress causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic. If there is some "shock to the system", as many as 70% of the scalp hairs are then shed in large numbers about 2 months after the "shock". This sudden increase in hair loss, usually described as the hair coming out in handfuls, is acute telogen effluvium. This is a different problem than gradual genetic hair thinning. However, this can be seen in the less common chronic telogen effluvium, only after a significant amount of hair has already been lost.A considerable number of different causes for telogen effluvium exist. Among the common causes are high fevers, childbirth, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illnesses, over or under active thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications. Read the rest here. Interesting stuff, huh? ~Pam

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