Shock Loss After Hair Transplant

One type of hair loss that is not as well-known by the public is shock loss after surgery.  In general, shock loss is a result of stress to the scalp during surgery such as the stress that results from inflammation and healing. The shock loss process can begin anywhere from a few days to a few months after hair transplant surgery.  The loss is normally seen in the area of the scalp where hair grafts are implanted around existing natural hair.

Will My Hair Grow Back After the Shock Loss?

The simple answer is…”Yes, hair will grow back after shock loss in most patients.”

New hairs will start to grow and emerge from the scalp 3-4 months after a hair transplant procedure.  Unfortunately, all of the hairs that fall out due to shock loss will not grow back at the same rate so it could be a year, or even more, before the final results of the hair 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?

After Surgery hair lossYou should know that shock hair loss is a common side effect of the healing process after a hair transplant.  Thankfully, the hair loss is usually temporary. New healthy hairs will grow in alongside the hair that has been transplanted by the surgeon.  The new hair that grows in will be thin at first and the hair will eventually mature to thick, healthy hair.

There is a prescription medication that has been shown to help minimize the rate of shock loss that usually occurs after a hair transplant procedure is performed by an experienced and board-certified surgeon.  It is now commonly recommended to take this medication for a few months after a hair transplant in order 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 suffering from baldness in order to prevent shock loss.

– MA