Hair loss is a common experience for women after childbirth, as hormones and stress affect the hair growth cycles. Thankfully, postpartum hair loss is extremely normal and often temporary. Still, it can be extremely distressing to see your hair shed in clumps, and there is a small chance that permanent hair loss may develop.
During pregnancy, female hormones increase and often lead to thick and healthy hair. This is because more hair is in the growing phase and fewer hair are in the shedding or resting phase, stimulated by an increase in hormones like progesterone, estrogen, oxytocin and prolactin during pregnancy.
However, these hormone levels decline significantly after giving birth, leading to a form of telogen effluvium and resulting in postpartum hair loss. An average of 40-50% of women will experience postpartum hair loss. Postnatal hair loss is most obvious 2-4 months after childbirth and may continue up to 24 weeks.
It is normal to shed 50 – 100 strands of hair a day and the life cycle of each strand of hair usually lasts 3 – 5 years. A healthy hair cycle is typically broken down into 4 stages;
Temporary hair loss can occur after a stressful event, triggered by shock and trauma. If you are losing more hair than usual or experience visible thinning, especially in recent months, you are likely experiencing temporary hair loss.
Postpartum and temporary hair loss are both temporary conditions, and can be treated non-invasively without resorting to a hair transplant. For those with postpartum hair loss, it is recommended to start as early as 1-2 months after pregnancy.
Telogen effluvium is frequently brought on by sudden hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, menopause, anemia, eating disorders, and thyroid issues. Hair loss normally starts 2 to 4 months after the first trigger. Fortunately, this type of temporary hair loss is reversible and recovery is possible within 6 months once all triggers have been eliminated.
While temporary hair loss is a normal side effect from stress or hormonal changes, there are ways to encourage hair growth and reverse excessive hair loss and thinning non-invasively, including methods that are safe during breast-feeding:
Fotona Hair Restart Laser
Fotona’s Smooth Er:YAG fractional is a non-ablative hair loss laser treatment. Super-long pulsed laser beams are delivered to the scalp and warm tissues directly in a controlled manner, which increases the formation of scalp blood vessels, fibroblasts and collagen.
When natural collagen production takes place, scalp tissues are strengthened which helps in preventing hair loss. Photobiomodulation also helps reawaken dormant hair follicles to better encourage new hair growth.
Collagen Induction with PDRN Scalp Infusion
Collagen induction treatment works by directly infusing PDRN through microchannels straight into the scalp. Extracted from salmon DNA, PDRN Scalp Infusion (Polydeoxyribonucleotide) is a powerful scalp healing treatment that regenerates and repairs from within. Research has shown that PDRN can help to improve hair count and density for those with weak and thin hair.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Low-level laser therapy, commonly known as red light therapy and cold laser therapy, exposes scalp tissues to photons, which promote hair growth.
CG210 Hair Spray
CG210 is a topical botanical lotion that reduces hair shedding, fortifies hair thickness and promotes hair growth. It can be combined with minoxidil lotion, and works by prolonging the hair follicle’s anagen phase and reducing inflammation in the scalp. Patients generally notice a reduction in hair loss within 6 weeks and improvement in hair density at 12 weeks.
Veritas Oral Hair Growth Capsules
What are the treatments available to improve temporary hair loss?
We often pair our scalp treatments with LED light therapy to better optimise your recovery, reduce downtime through its anti-inflammatory effects.
How many treatments do I need?
This depends on your condition and treatment plan. Our friendly doctors will be able to advise you in more details after having assessed your condition during a consultation.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
Dr Lena Fan