Shock Loss After Hair Transplant
One type of hair loss not often known by the public is shock loss after surgery. The shock loss is a result of stress to the scalp during surgery such as the stress due to inflammation and healing. It can begin anywhere from a few days to a few months after a hair transplant surgery. The loss is seen in the area where hair grafts are implanted around existing natural hair.
Will My Hair Grow Back After the Shock Loss?
New hairs will start to grow and emerge from the scalp 3-4 months after the hair transplant procedure. Unfortunately, all of the fallen hairs due to shock loss will not grow back at the same rate so at times it could be a year, or even more, before the final results of the transplant become visible. The different speeds at which the hairs mature and grow are a natural part of the healing process.
What Can I Do to Avoid Shock Hair Loss?
Shock hair loss is a common side effect of the healing process after a hair transplant. The hair loss is usually temporary. New healthy hairs will grow in alongside the hair that has been transplanted. The new hair that grows in will be thin at first and eventually mature to thick healthy hair.
The medication Propecia or Finasteride has been shown to help minimize the rate of shock loss that usually occurs after a hair transplant procedure. It is now commonly recommended to take Propecia for a few months after a hair transplant to prevent shock loss. Women who undergo hair restoration surgery may use Rogaine or Minoxidil on the areas of the scalp that are prone to baldness to prevent shock loss.