Hair loss on donor area after hair transplantation

Losing hair post hair transplant surgery – “Shock Loss”

Q:

Dr. Mohebi,

I am a woman and I had a hair transplant surgery about a month ago.  I noticed a thumb size hair loss on one side around the closed wound on the donor area.  That has been doubled in size over the last few weeks.  Is my hair loss permanent in that area?

A:

Shock loss around the donor area is not an uncommon complication after a hair transplant surgery particularly in hair transplants that require a large number of grafts or when the patient’s scalp is tight.  It is more common among women due to the overall higher strip width to head circumference ratio.

This phenomenon is a type of telogen effluvium that may last a few months, but usually resolves completely with no need to any treatment. Here is additional information on post surgical ‘Shock Loss.’ I really appreciate your question they often help other readers of this blog.

Take Care,

Parsa Mohebi, MD