Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

It’s no secret that we live in crazy times. Whether it’s work, family, money or just the little things like your daily commute, pressures do build up inside us. And often, our bodies suffer as a result.

Stress has long been thought to be one of many factors that can lead to hair loss. There are 3 specific types of hair loss that are directly related to high levels of stress.

  1. Telogen effluvium affects people who go through a period of significant stress. Essentially, the body responds to the challenge by pushing large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few weeks or months, the affected hairs may fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.
  2. Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair. People who suffer from it may tug at the hair on their scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom or frustration.
  3. Alopecia areata is a disorder thought to be fueled by stress in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. Sufferers may end up with large bald patches on the scalp.


Stressful times come and go in our lives. Often, hair that falls out as a result of acute stress will grow back with time as things settle down for us.

If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss, or you begin to lose more hair than usual when combing or washing your hair, give your primary care physician a call. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that may require treatment.

Your doctor can help you determine if hair loss is related to consistently high levels of stress that are unlikely to go away. For example, you may be involved in a high-pressure career where stress is the norm. In this case, your doctor can help you identify the best way to combat the effects of stress on your body. You may be able to combine methods such as regular exercise, yoga, meditation or massage to ease away the everyday tensions that are causing hair to fall out.


Fortunately, there are real solutions for men and women who face permanent hair loss. Dr. Farole has worked with thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia who were looking for the best way to restore their natural hair – and he is happy to share his expertise with you.

Dr. Farole offers the most advanced hair transplant technique available today. This method, known as Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) hair restoration, or micrografting, involves the transplantation of hair follicles from one part of your scalp to other areas where you’re losing hair.

The result is permanent hair restoration that can often be achieved in a single procedure. Unlike other methods, Dr. Farole’s technique leaves you with no visible scar line. Even your stylist won’t know you’ve had a hair transplant!

Take the Next Step

Want to learn if a FUT hair restoration is right for you? Schedule a consultation at Dr. Farole’s Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.



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