Dear Savvy Derm Diva,
Can you please share with me why I experienced significant shedding after pregnancy? Should I be concerned?
Experiencing Hair Loss, Tammy P.
Dear Experiencing Hair Loss,
Experiencing post-partum hair loss is not uncommon and is known as telogen effluvium. In particular, one can see excessive hair shedding about 3-4 months after giving birth, which is caused by falling estrogen levels. The good news is that it is only temporary, and you should see it stabilize when your child celebrates their first birthday. However, if hair loss continues beyond this, you should see a Board-Certified Dermatologist or their Dermatology PA/NP to rule out any other causes. Telogen Effluvium is not only from giving birth, as both men and women can experience it from other causes such as stressful events, surgery, or other triggering events. The Dermatologist or Derm PA can check with a simple in-office test. Make sure you don’t wash your hair on the same day as the appointment, as a “hair pull” test is performed, and we look for numerous telogen hair, which is specific with a white bulb; otherwise, a scalp biopsy can confirm the diagnosis.
Diva Tip: Consider a haircut to make your hair appear fuller. Make sure you use a shampoo that creates volume and a conditioner for fine hair, and focus it on the tips. Avoid heavy conditioners or masks, as this can weigh everything down. A Derm Diva Fave for chemically treated hair: VIRTUE Recovery Shampoo
Dear Savvy Derm Diva,
What is the best drug-free treatment for genetic hair loss?
Family Victim of Hair Loss, Robert C.
Dear Family Victim of Hair Loss,
I am so happy you asked; I always get this question in the clinic. First of all, please consider all options, as finasteride (FDA-approved for men only) is considered a safe prescription with minimal side effects. However, if the side effect potential of erectile dysfunction is a bothersome thought, then the best option, which is clinically proven, is the Revian LED Cap, which has robust research and is found to have comparable results to oral and topical options without the side effects. There are many choices on the market, and Revian is the most sophisticated one in regards to design for even distribution of red lights and an app that allows you to follow your progress. However, compliance is critical with everything, as daily use is vital for the best results. There are also in-office procedures, such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections, that work very well, but with everything, consistency is essential for the best outcome. Topical compounded prescriptions or other oral options are available and should be discussed with your Dermatology office. A board-certified dermatologist or a dermatology physician assistant will help guide you to what is best for you and your lifestyle.
Diva Tip: I personally recommend Revian Cap as either a stand-alone or adjunct treatment and all my patients have had positive results with its use. A True Diva Fave: Revian Hair Cap. You will find information about it and get $550.00 discount with code: DERMCHIC
Renata Block, MMS, PA-C, is the creator of Savvy Derm Diva, an online resource for proper skincare. Ask Savvy Derm Diva is a monthly column answering your skincare-related concerns! Make sure you follow her @savvydermdiva on Instagram, Facebook, Threads, and Twitter! You can make an appointment with her via TeleMedicine or in person at Advanced Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine, LLC, or TEXT to 847-802-9667.