Recent studies have shown that people who have had COVID-19 and its variants are experiencing hair loss for months after recovering from the virus. This can understandably be a difficult experience for your patients, and when they turn to you for help it’s important to be ready with a solution. Here’s how you and your patients can navigate the complexities of COVID-related hair loss with the help of NeoGraft®.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the hair loss people are experiencing after having COVID-19 is fever-induced hair shedding. This is known as telogen effluvium and occurs when a fever interferes with the three stages of hair growth, causing more hair to enter the shedding phase at the same time. Most people will notice this happening two-three months after their illness.
For now, it appears that this shedding may be temporary, with the hair returning to normal growth in time. However, COVID-19 hair loss brings up an opportunity to open a discussion about hair loss with your patients. To dissuade further shedding and promote the hair to grow, here are a few at-home remedies they can try:
Scalp care: caring for the hair and scalp properly, by cleansing, exfoliating, and using gentle massage, can encourage new growth and less breakage where hair strands have been weakened from illness.
Honey: honey has a number of benefits for hair care, and using products that contain honey or applying a DIY hair mask can promote healthy hair.
Oils: dehydration is often a side effect of illness, and oils can be used to infuse the hair with moisture and protect it from further damage.
Hair masks: DIY hair masks and scalp scrubs incorporating honey, essential oils, and other ingredients can improve circulation in the scalp to encourage hair growth and improve the appearance of the hair.
If your patients are experiencing hair loss that is more severe, permanent, or continues long after they have COVID-19, then a hair restoration procedure is the answer. Venus Concept’s state-of-the-art NeoGraft® device uses the most advanced technology to perform hair restorations with precision, accuracy, and repeatability. The device takes the gold standard method of hair restoration, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), one step further with cutting-edge automation and robotics. The FUE technique is less invasive than the traditional strip method, resulting in a much faster recovery time for patients.
With NeoGraft®, the automated system supplants the need for linear grafts by extracting hair follicles in their natural groupings of 1-4 hairs. The highly specialized pneumatic arm then implants them in the area where more hair growth is desired. The newly implanted hair follicles continue the natural hair growth cycle and results improve each week, with full realization at 9-12 months post-procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive, less painful, leaves no linear scarring, and requires very little in terms of recovery or aftercare. Automation has made hair restoration faster and less expensive for providers and maximizes the consistency and quality of the transplanted graft for optimal follicular survival and growth. The transplanted hair will look natural, grow at the same rate as the surrounding hair, and should last for life.
For an example of the life-changing transformation a NeoGraft® procedure can have, we recently followed Jessi’s journey as she underwent a NeoGraft® hair restoration procedure. When she began to notice her hair thinning after having children, she turned to over the counter products and styling to cover it up. “I tried vitamins, shampoos, spray fibers—all of that stuff only helps the hair you have. It doesn’t grow new hair.” That’s when her friend recommended she looked into hair restoration, and she found out about NeoGraft®. As little as 18 months after the procedure, she booked her first salon appointment in ages. “Now that my hair is all grown, I feel like I can do any hairstyle. People are telling me how awesome and full my hair looks.”
Hair restoration is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures today. With each passing year, it proves itself as a solid offering for aesthetic clinics looking to maximize return on investment. The total market for hair restoration treatments has increased 16% since 2016 and it is now a $4.9 billion industry—there’s never been a better time to add hair restoration to your clinic offerings. When you offer hair restoration with a Venus Concept device, you also have the full support and backing of VERO Hair™, a comprehensive solution for growing your hair restoration business. It includes extensive post-sales support tools, including clinical training, marketing, and business development programs, giving you the competitive edge in the expanding hair restoration market. Speak to one of our experts today to see how we can support your success.