3 Ways To Treat COVID Related Hair Loss – Haute Beauty by Haute Living – Haute Living

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Dr. Melissa Toyos
Dr. Melissa Toyos is an oculofacial surgeon specializing in FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair and eyebrow transplantation, CO2 facial resurfacing, and sculpting faces with injectables. A summa cum laude graduate and board-certified Ophthalmologist, she is a partner at Toyos Clinic and formerly was a partner at one of the largest eye care practices in the country. Dr. Toyos is a national researcher and lecturer. She trains other doctors on surgical techniques as well as cosmetic procedures. Her clinical research has been instrumental in many FDA approvals. She is the former President of the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. She has held various leadership positions with the AAO. Dr. Toyos has served as a mentor to young female surgeons, helping them understand how to balance a career and motherhood. 
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COVID hair loss is REAL. At this point in the pandemic, most of us have been affected directly by COVID whether it was the OG COVID illness, Delta, or Omicron. For most of us, COVID was mild and short-lived, for some of us, COVID lives on in the form of hair loss or breakage.
Whether it was the stress of the illness, the fever or even just the anxiety of living through a global pandemic, it caused a temporary increase in the number of hairs in the brush or the bathroom floor. Here Haute Beauty expert Dr. Melissa Toyos discusses COVID hair loss.
The medical term for that kind of shedding is telogen effluvium. This occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event or loads of stress. In this case, COVID.
COVID hair loss can happen to men and women of any age. It occurs weeks to months after infection (sometimes even after vaccination). The hair loss can be all in the frontal hairline or diffuse across the scalp. Patients recover in time, with recovery taking anywhere from 6 months to a year or longer. The process can be quite distressing: literal clumps of hair in hair brushes, bathtub drains and on pillows.
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Since most don’t want to wait a year before seeing results, this is what I recommend to my patients dealing with COVID-related hair loss or even COVID-related changes in hair texture, including breakage:
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