Postpartum Hair Loss – Why It Happens and How Hair Transplants Can Help

Giving birth is always a wondrous event, especially since you’ve been carrying that bundle of joy for nine months. During your days of pregnancy, you might have noticed that your hair became thicker at some point, looking shinier and healthier than ever. This likely gave you a lot of confidence in yourself, and you took it as a new step in your hair growth journey. 

The problem is that while the hair tends to fall less during pregnancy, it seems to make up for that once you give birth. An average of 91.8 percent of women experience postpartum hair loss and there are various reasons for this. In this blog, you can learn more about this phenomenon along with what you can do to get your hair looking thick and healthy again. 


What Is Postpartum Hair Loss?


Postpartum hair loss is a biological process that starts three to four months after giving birth. For most women, the hair grows back in about six months, or even faster if regenerative medicine for hair loss is used. However, for some new mothers, this stage lasts for a longer time and the hair might not always grow back. This can lead to androgenic alopecia.

The cause for this type of alopecia is often a change in hormones. Pregnant women usually go through a significant increase in hormones, estrogen and progesterone in particular. These hormones are there to help the mother prepare for childbearing, labor, and breastfeeding. This boost also increases the growth phase of the hair, preventing it from falling and making it appear thicker.

Once the mother gives birth, the hormones will go back to normal, resuming the shedding phase. This can make your hair fall out faster than usual, especially when you are in the shower.


How to Address Postpartum Hair Loss


There are various ways to address alopecia after childbirth. Some women prefer using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to nourish their remaining follicles. Others prefer laser therapy hair loss treatments to awaken their roots. These methods are minimally invasive and can be good options for women who don’t struggle with massive hair loss. 

That being said, if your hair loss continues more than six months after giving birth and you develop bald spots, hair transplants might become the more suitable solution. Very often, this is a permanent fix and can help you regain your beautiful mane.



Types of Hair Transplants


There are different types of hair transplants, and your choice depends on what you are comfortable with. At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we offer: 

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE may be a good option for you if you are a new mother looking for a less invasive method for hair transplantation. This procedure involves trimming the hair very short in the donor area, using a punch tool to extract the hair follicle by follicle. It is a good option for women who notice hair thinning and some localized hair loss.

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

When your hair loss is more than just slightly localized, FUT might be the better option for you. This procedure is quite effective even if you need a major restoration, as it collects larger hair grafts in one session. Strips of skin with hair follicles are taken from areas where the hair is thicker and then transplanted in the balding regions.


Find the Right Hair Transplant for You!


Hair loss after giving birth can seem disheartening, especially as you are starting on a new journey as a mother. Still, you don’t have to take the hair loss stage as it is. You can still bring your old looks back if you take the right action. Schedule an appointment for a female hair transplant and get your thick, healthy hair back!


For more information about port-partum hair loss and hair transplants, please contact Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center at 561-886-0970. We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form, and we will get in touch with you shortly.