3 women tell how they regained their self-esteem after losing their hair. Testimonials – Recommendations

Juliette, 55, journalist (Amiens)

“I am more curly than before!”

Barely recovering from Covid-19, she saw her hair fall out en masse…

“I was seriously ill with several inflammatory signs: high fever, body aches, respiratory problems… Two months after my symptoms ended, I felt very tired and my hair started falling out. I had a handful of hands every time I styled my hair. Within two months, I lost half the mass of my hair. It appeared, even if people did not dare to talk to me about it. I was really afraid of baldness … I saw a dermatologist, and he reassured me: “You’re not the only one. I see many women suffering from hair loss after Covid-19, it is impressive but reversible.” I learned that I had accumulated many risk factors for reactive hair loss, namely fever, viral infection, fatigue … The doctor passed some kind of camera over my skull and saw On the screen are red dots where my old hair was a sign. From constant ‘activity’. He prescribed me keratin capsules and an anti-hair loss cosmetic lotion. I started the treatment in June and by September my hair started growing again! What I think, for an experienced acupuncturist.In two sessions spaced each month, my hair stopped falling out, and I was relieved from the breathing difficulties that continued.In the end, I ended up with short hair (the new one) and long hair (the old hair). Totally and surprisingly it grew more curly than before! Today I got my hair back completely. I was lucky. Even if the time it took to find my “ex-head” (almost a year) seemed to me to be long. »

Catherine, 35, artist agent (Paris)

“My experience helps me support other women”

If you find her smile, her hair loss plunges her into a real depression.

“It was my hairstylist who pointed out to me that my hair was getting thinner than before. Then my temples started to clean, and my scalp saw transparent…I went to the first dermatologist to see a prescription for me iron, minoxidil for topical use, nutritional supplement, and anti-dandruff shampoo For hair loss.Then I got biotin injections.Just that!But my hair kept falling out.I tied them up so I wouldn’t see them anymore.I was worried..I consulted another doctor,who kept everything in mind and told me it wasn’t going to improve.Total panic!No I could sleep more, and hardly ate more. However, I am greedy! And since I had my hair left, those around me did not understand why I put myself in this state … called depression. I drowned. My psychiatrist put me on antidepressants, but what I still don’t know why my hair is falling out.I consulted an endocrinologist, cardiologist, stopped birth control pills, my anti-cholesterol treatment.I was playing a little Harry Potter with my body, except that I didn’t have a magic dosing guide!Until the day I met, on a tip My cousin, a dermatologist attached to the Sapporo Health Center in Paris On October 17, 2018, the show continues d for an hour, after which I learned that I had primary androgenetic alopecia, most notably chronic telogen effluvium (see interview with Dr. Asoli). I leave the office comfortable, light and understandable. I have to continue using minoxidil, which I now consider as a fertilizer, and stop everything else. At the beginning of December, the fall stopped. Little by little I learned to love myself as I am. I decided to make this personal experience a positive one. La Tresse Association* was born in October 2020; It offers everyone who suffers from alopecia the shortest path to proper care, away from the misinformation circulating on social media. » * latressseassociation.com, Instagram account la_tresse_association

Stephanie, 45, sales representative, Saint-Saën (Seine Maritimes)

“It gave me extra strength.”

She suffers from an autoimmune disease, and she is now completely assuming her baldness.

“I completely lost my hair – it was very long and brown – ten years ago, in a few weeks. It’s violent, annoying… Very quickly, I decided to shave my head, because I didn’t look like anything anymore. Fortunately, my husband and relatives supported me! Done! Diagnosis quickly: alopecia totalis.To treat this autoimmune disease, I first took a cortisone injection, then methotrexate, an anti-cancer drug whose side effects I could not stand (extreme nausea, shortness of breath).So I had to stop the treatment and continued to blur my skull.

From hats, I went to wigs. The day is great, but in the evening, when you take it off and find yourself facing the mirror, changing the image is complicated. I no longer know who I am. In addition, I do horse riding a lot, and under the bombshell, my wig bothered me. So when the possibility of tattoos was mentioned, it got me thinking. However, I was a complete stranger to this universe… A formidable team accompanied me. First, non-permanent tests were performed. I chose a shooting star design reminiscent of locks. I want to send a sweet message.

It took five hour and a half sessions to reach the end result. Since then, I live again! I’m no longer hiding, I know who I am. Now I put on makeup and put on earrings. She gave me real strength, and my character was confirmed. In my job, I made it clear that I was not seriously ill and that my appearance was well received. On the street people stop me sometimes. I’m just sorry that he looks at me out of curiosity, not as an attractive woman. »

Hair transplant for whom?

It particularly targets women who suffer from androgenetic alopecia after treatment failure, whether they are 20 or 80 years old. It is better to consult a specialist who takes the trouble to confirm the diagnosis and conduct a preliminary assessment: a study of the scalp, the possibility of taking hair, etc. ”, warns Dr. Pierre Bohna, hair surgeon.

Unlike in a man, whose head must be systematically shaved, the graft can be re-implanted in a woman by maintaining a cut of medium length. Taken from the back of the head, the permanently transplanted hair grows at the top of the skull. “Most of the time, one session* under local anaesthetic is enough,” says Dr. Bohna. A new technique with direct implantation of artificial hair avoids removal, and is interesting when the mass of hair remaining is low, “but there can be rejection after two to three years,” the specialist tells. * Count from 3000 to 5000 euros.

Three questions for Dr. Philip Assouli, dermatologist, scalp specialist

Should hair loss in women always be a concern?

You have to know what you’re talking about! Diffuse hair loss, which affects the entire scalp, is not the same as thinning of the top of the head. In the first scenario, it is telogen effluvium (i.e. an acceleration of the phase in which the hair falls out), and it grows back on its own. This is what is observed in the fall or after physical stress. In the second case, androgenic alopecia (AAG) is often due to a reaction to male hormones (which may or may not be in excess). This time, the hair cycle becomes shorter as the hair follicles are exhausted and the fiber caliber is refined more and more.

What do you recommend for treatment?

In the case of AGA, I always prescribe minoxidil (for life), the efficacy of which has been scientifically verified. The same goes during the period of telogen effluvium that becomes chronic. Temporary calcaneal eruption passes on its own.

When should you consult?

When hair is falling out heavily and/or for more than six months. The dermatologist will look for the cause, because we must not forget that hair loss is one of the symptoms. It could be a sign of iron deficiency, a thyroid problem, an autoimmune disease, or a side effect of a medication… AGA can be amplified by improperly adapted birth control pills, or secondary to PCOS.

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