Shock Loss After Hair Transplant

Why does my hair fall out again after a hair transplant? Following the first month of your hair transplant, it’s normal to feel that hair is gradually growing. But suddenly, it seems like the nightmare is repeating all over again: your hair inevitably begins to fall out and you may wonder if the transplant has failed. Well, hair loss after a hair transplant is caused by a phenomenon called by specialists as shock loss, and despite the name, it should cause no alarm.

Shock hair loss occurs shortly after having a hair transplant due to trauma of the scalp during surgery. It’s a phase that can start as soon as the scabs fall off or after the third or fourth week and can last about 2 months. Hair shedding caused by shock loss does not mean that the procedure failed, nor that hair follicles are being rejected, it is simply a natural reaction of the scalp. It could be considered as a side effect of hair transplant surgery and occurs in nearly all cases. Most patients go through the same, but there is nothing to be nervous about, this process is usually temporary so hair will grow back three to five months later.

Losing hair whether from the donor site or recipient area is part of the usual healing process after a hair transplant surgery. During hair transplantation, the follicles are separated from their supply of nutrients and oxygen, resulting in the follicles entering the resting phase. Basically, hairs will fall out because the follicles must first renew themselves naturally, and when these enter the resting phase too early, excess shedding can occur.

How can I avoid hair transplant shock loss?

Unfortunately there’s no permanent solution that can help you avoid shock hair loss after a hair transplant procedure; as mentioned before, this process is usually temporary. However, the post-op care and following your surgeon’s recommendations play an important role in the hair transplant results. Needles to say, but patience is required after a hair implant since patients must know there is no way to influence the speed at which the new hair will start growing.

Above all, your main goal should be to protect the newly transplanted grafts as well as possible. Therefore, avoid brushing, over-covering your head and do not touch your scalp. The more you take care of the new hair follicles, the better the final result will be. For strong growth of the new hair, be sure to use the shampoos and medications prescribed by your hair transplant surgeon. Avoid traditional shampoos and skin care products, as they tend to dry out and stretch the scalp. This is important to guarantee the transplanted grafts receive enough moisture and oxygen.

Most people who undergo hair transplantation are unaware of what shock hair loss is, which can cause the patients to feel concerned. If you are exploring the best options to restore your hair, make sure the clinic you choose is one you can trust, with several years of experience and where surgeons clearly explain even the slightest possible complication due to a hair transplant.


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