Hair Loss + Covid-19

Hair Loss + Covid-19

Hair loss is devastating for both males and females and can impact mood, self-esteem and general well-being.  There has been a significant increase in reporting of hair loss in the last two years and it is now known to be a consequence of Covid-19 infection. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) reports a 400% increase in cases (1) and an article in the New York Times last February cited an "8 percent increase in google searches for hair loss in 2020".  This number significanty increased in 2021.
Rapid and excessive hair loss known as Telogen Effluvium, usually presents within three months after the initial Covid infection, and is more commonly seen in women.  Data shows that the body's inflammatory response, which releases large amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines into the bloodstream (cytokine storm), can cause a disruption of the hair cycle. 

'COVID-19 infection elicits a strong antiviral response in form of the release of cytokines such as TNF α, GM-CSF, IL-1, IL-6, IL-1β, IL-8, IL-12, and interferon (IFN)-γ.3 Many of these factors impact the rapidly dividing keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells. TNF, IL-6, and interferon all are known to be inhibitory to hair follicle growth in-vitro. 22 28 29 IL4 which is increased in the elderly is known to cause keratinocyte apoptosis. 22 In a longitudinal study of COVID-19 survivors in Wuhan, 534 patients were followed up three months post-discharge, alopecia was observed in 154 patients. Most of these patients complained of alopecia after discharge (classic telogen effluvium) but almost one-third of these patients had alopecia during hospitalization. 5 A similar case report of effluvium during hospitalization with COVID-19 was also reported. 17 Any event that suddenly disrupts the mitotic or metabolic activity of the hair follicle is known to cause the shedding of hairs in the growing phase (anagen effluvium). Most commonly it is seen after chemotherapy/radiotherapy but could also be due to sudden exposure to pro-inflammatory factors and cytokines. 17 30 Probably the intensity of the inflammatory response occurring in a short time frame, impacts the onset of hair fall in these patients, and in such cases, there may be no latent period between the actual insult to the hair follicle and the onset of hair fall.'(2)

How to prevent or reverse hair loss

We have a number of solutions - view here and have had good results and patient satisfaction with the AnteAge system. 

This would form the basis of topical treatments and we also recommend using a Lasercap three times a week to optimise results.

How can AnteAGE MD Help?

The AnteAGE MD Hair Solution contains metabolites from bone marrow stem cells, Wnt1 (see excerpt below) along with and 12 bio-identical growth factors.  This product can be used alone or paired with Microneedling to stimulate the hair follicle.

'There are multiple lines of evidence suggesting that various Wnts promote hair cycling and regeneration via the activation of β-catenin signaling. For instance, intradermal injection of Wnt1a-enriched conditioned media from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in to depilated mouse skin accelerated HF progression from telogen to anagen, increased the amount of hair, and elevated the expression of hair induction-related genes'(3)

AnteAGE hair restoration

 We offer the AnteAGE MD Home Hair System which contains several bio-identical growth factors known to increase hair growth along with many well researched botanicals, the AnteAGE MD Hair Restoration products offer the very best in science, with patients typically seeing results after 3-4 monthly treatments.  

AnteAGE Home Hair System