Post-Partum Hair Loss

Many new moms report noticeable hair loss a few months after having a baby. Postpartum hair loss can cause significant distress, despite how normal it is. During the last trimester of pregnancy, your estrogen levels increase and prevent the typical shedding of hair, so you may notice your hair is lush and thick. After childbirth, estrogen levels drop and cause a lot of hairs to enter the resting phase of growth, and a few months later, this hair starts to shed. The main sign of post-partum hair loss is seeing more loose hairs than usual on your brush, pillow, or shower floor.

Excessive post-partum hair shedding is temporary, and most women see their hair return to normal fullness by their child’s first birthday. We recommend choosing a shampoo and conditioner that adds volume, being gentle when washing and combing your hair, and using lower heat settings on blow dryers and styling irons to prevent damage. Also, avoiding tight ponytails and braids can help avoid unnecessary tension.

Advanced Dermatology offers Keralase™, an in-office treatment to facilitate hair growth and improve scalp health. Keralase™ uses the Lutronic LaseMD® laser to create non-ablative micro-channels to deliver a proprietary blend of growth factors and skin proteins called SkinQRI KeraFactor® Scalp Stimulating Solution ($169, 1.69 oz). The peptides in this serum support increased blood supply and transition resting hairs into the active growth phase. KeraFactor® Scalp Stimulating Solution and SkinQRI KeraFactor® Scalp Stimulation Shampoo & Conditioner ($49, 3.38 oz) are available at skinfo® or and contain ingredients to promote stronger, smoother, thicker, and fuller hair. Advanced Dermatology is here to help promote hair growth for our post-partum patients.

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