What is Anagen Effluvium?
With Anagen Effluvium, Mumbai patients will experience hair shedding, most commonly due to chemotherapy.
This condition can affect people of any age, sex, or race and can often add further stress to an already difficult treatment process. Dr Malay Mehta looks to help those who experience Anagen Effluvium with a range of hair restoration services to boost confidence and comfort in how they look and feel. Read on to learn more about how Dr Mehta can help.
Anagen Effluvium is hair shedding during the anagen stage of the hair cycle. It can be caused by an acute injury to the hair follicles or, most commonly, in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.
A diffuse shedding of structurally damaged hairs results in hair loss over a period of days, resulting in non-scarring Alopecia.
Any insult that causes a disruption to hair cell division, making the hair narrowed at its base and susceptible to breakage, can lead to Anagen Effluvium.
The main causes include infection, toxins, radiation or an autoimmune disease as these interrupt hair growth in a localised area creating bald patches. Other possible causes may include:
- Alopecia Areata
- Infection of the Hair
- Pemphigus Vulgaris
- Radiation therapy
- Ingestion of toxins or exposure to toxins
- Compulsive hair pulling or trichotimomania
How is Anagen Effluvium Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Anagen Effluvium requires an understanding of recent medicines and an examination of the scalp and shed hair to see if the follicles are tapered, narrowed, irregular, or broken. Anagen hairs can be identified by long pigmented roots covered with root sheaths as opposed to a healthy telogen hair which will be round and bulb-like.
During the standard hair growth process, actively replicating cells are extruded upwards in the lower part of the hair follicle to produce hair strands. Known as the anagen phase, this process results in healthy, long-growing hair strands called anagen hairs.
Effluvium means hair shedding, and this occurs when hair follicles in the anagen phase of the growth cycle experience a severe toxic or inflammatory insult. As a result, the hair shaft will lengthen, and become progressively narrow and frail, so much so that it can no longer support the hair strands, resulting in hair loss.
Anagen Effluvium Vs. Telogen Effluvium
Anagen Effluvium and Telogen Effluvium are specific forms of hair loss, and both are related to the growth cycle of individual hair strands. The names indicate the phase that the hair is in when affected.
Anagen Effluvium causes the hair shaft to break; Telogen Effluvium results in normal hair fall, and there are no club hairs in Anagen Effluvium. In Telogen Effluvium, the hairs are underdeveloped, and the condition is considered temporary. While also temporary in some cases, Anagen Effluvium is considered to be a more permanent kind of diffused hair loss.
Anagen Effluvium, as a result of chemotherapy, usually rectifies itself within 3–6 months of final treatment. Anagen effluvium is reversible, and hair follicles will often resume normal activity once the toxic agent is withdrawn. In cases where bald patches persist, Dr Malay offers a range of treatments that may help.
How Does Anagen Effluvium
Treatment Cost in Mumbai?
As a result of the varied nature of Anagen Effluvium and its causes, a consultation with Dr Mehta is required to understand your treatment requirements. Once this has been done, we can provide a full quote and treatment plan, inclusive of expected timeframes.
Dr Mehta is known throughout Mumbai for his ability to restore hair that has been lost due to a range of issues, including Anagen Effluvium. He has treated hundreds of patients with considerable hair fall and uses a combination of knowledge, passion, and surgical skill to ensure the results of his procedures remove the burden of hair loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have some more questions about Anagen Effluvium and the resulting hair loss?
Our helpful FAQ section may provide further answers.
Yes, in most cases, Anagen Effluvium is a temporary situation, and once the cause of the condition is rectified, hair will return within roughly 3-6 months.
Dr Mehta will run an in-depth examination during your first appointment to determine the cause of the hair loss. The hair follicle and the hair shaft will be observed to determine if Anagen Effluvium is causing hair loss, or if something else may be creating the issue.
To improve the active anagen phase, scalp care routines, sunshine, drinking plenty of water, and a healthy diet are all methods that can be of benefit.
This is a very personal choice, but cutting your hair may help disguise the appearance of sudden hair loss, working to diffuse thinning. A hairstylist will be able to tell you the best style for your hair texture to minimise the visual impacts of Anagen Effluvium.