These treatments can help COVID-19-related hair loss, doctors say

June 08, 2021 at 12:29

Hair loss brought on by the COVID-induced stress and anxiety of the past 18 months is plaguing women, but they’re finding help with a range of innovative — though often costly — treatments.
"About 30 percent of my patients were e-mailing about hair loss," said Michele Green, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill.
She turned to Bruce Katz, a dermatologist at Juva Skin and Laser Center in Midtown East, who’s also seen an uptick in patients complaining about hair loss.
After two or three monthly cycles, Katz said hair will grow back 25 or 30 percent faster than usual.
The 5-percent, extra-strength formulations especially "can help a lot of patients grow their hair back," she said.
She also advises patients not to get their hair colored or wear it in braids — anything that adds stress to tresses.
And, Green said, "I tell them not to get a haircut because it might feel like you have less hair."
As for special shampoos and conditioners that claim to curb hair loss, Green said she’s skeptical.
If none of these treatments do the trick, Green will call in blood work to rule out hormonal changes.
"It takes three months for a hair follicle to grow back, so you won’t notice a difference for four to five months."
"I truly believe [it] has been exacerbating the symptoms of prolonged excessive hair loss."
He gave Tomczyk tape-in hair extensions, a process that took three hours and cost $1,500.