Stress and alopecia, it’s all related

Stress is an inevitable part of life, and its impact on health is well known. One of the most well-known effects is its relationship with hair loss. Stress and alopecia have a relationship that can manifest itself in various ways, one of the most common types is androgenic alopecia, which affects both men and women. Fortunately, hair transplantation has become an effective solution for addressing hair loss, even when it is related to stress.

It has been proven that chronic stress can have a negative impact on hair health. Prolonged stressors can trigger or aggravate specific types of alopecia, such as alopecia areata or telogen effluvium. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that can be related to stress and causes the loss of patches of hair. On the other hand, telogen effluvium is sudden hair loss due to stressors, and it is usually seen a few months after a period of intense stress.

Androgenic alopecia, which affects both men and women, has its origins in our genetics, but stress can cause it to grow faster. This form of hair loss is related to the sensitivity of the hair follicles to androgenic hormones. Although stress is not the main cause of such baldness, it can make hair loss more obvious and faster. This can be especially worrisome for those who are already prone to baldness.

Stress, alopecia and hair transplant

Hair transplants have gained popularity as an effective solution for treating alopecia, including stress-related alopecia. This surgical technique involves taking healthy hair follicles from a part of the patient’s body and transplanting them to areas where hair loss is total. The results of hair transplants are permanent and provide a natural look. This option has become a relief for those looking to get their hair back, even when stress has accelerated the loss.

We can conclude, therefore, that stress plays an important role in alopecia, aggravating hair loss in genetically prone people. However, hair transplantation can offer a long-lasting and effective solution to address hair loss, regardless of its cause.


What can I do if I’m under stress?

If you are experiencing stress-related hair loss or any other type of alopecia, consulting a hair health professional is an important step in determining the best approach for your situation. The doctor may prescribe a specific medication or recommend vitamins to help hair health and not notice a loss of follicles.

Will stress alopecia be temporary?

Stress doesn’t determine whether alopecia is temporary or not, the type of alopecia does. If you suffer from androgenic alopecia, it is not reversible unless you undergo hair transplant surgery. Other alopecias, such as areata or telogen effluvium, may or may not recover over time.

Dr. Espinosa Custodio works at Instituto Médico del Prado, his hair clinic in Madrid, and performs hair transplants in Mexico, twice a year. If you would like to make an appointment, you can contact us on +34 912 468 664, on WhatsApp +34 627 396 322 or on the contact page of our website. From Mexico you can contact us at +52 55 4590 9909.

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