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Head Trauma after Hair Transplant – Have I Lost My New Hair?

Q:

Hi Dr. Mohebi,

After hair transplant head traumaI hope you are doing well. I have a question that might not be a huge concern but it is bothering me so I need to ask it.

It’s been about 3 weeks since my FUE hair transplant procedure and everything is “so far so good”. Well, it all seemed okay until earlier today.

About 2 hours ago, I accidentally bumped my head on a shelf. I hit my head directly on the area where the grafts were placed during the surgery. I’m not bleeding but the wounded area is red.  My level of worry might be worse than the actual level of redness on my scalp at the moment.

Do I need to be concerned about this having a negative impact on the health/growth of the newly transplanted grafts?

Thank you for any advice you can give me.

Regards,

A:

Thank you for writing and for taking the time to ask me about your hair grafts. My medical staff and I are always open to answering questions patients have after their surgery.

In general, the newly transplanted hair grafts are normally taken three weeks after a hair transplant is performed. At this point, the hair shafts on them have either fallen off or they will soon fall off.

By this point of the recovery process, your transplanted hair is expected to behave like normal native hair that is already present on the scalp. While I am sorry that you bumped you head on a shelf, any day to day trauma and/or injuries to the scalp have to be classified as being quite severe in order to damage a normal hair.  Most likely, your transplanted hair grafts are going to be fine and you did not lose anything during the incident.  You can stop worrying about any lasting damage to your grafts.

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