There are numerous causes of hair loss, including emotional, health, and genetic factors. Shock hair loss occurs when non-transplanted hair sheds after a hair transplant. Shock hair loss typically occurs between the second and eighth weeks following a hair transplant, when your new hair enters a resting phase and sheds. This is a completely normal and natural process, and there is nothing to be concerned about. Your new, healthy hairs will begin to grow in their place very soon.
Shock loss occurs when natural hair is lost from the donor area or after a hair restoration procedure. We have seen shock hair loss in the donor area of FUE surgeries, so it is not specific to any one procedure. However, it is more common in the recipient area. Almost all cases of shock hair loss are temporary and will eventually begin to grow back. The majority of patients report initial regrowth between 3 and 6 months. It may take 12-18 months for the hair to mature back to normal thickness and texture.
Some patients may notice that non-transplanted hairs are shed after a hair transplant. If a person has a large number of thin or miniaturized hairs that sit in-between newly implanted hairs, the risk of shedding non-transplanted hairs increases. These native non-transplanted hairs shed similarly to transplanted hairs because their follicles also enter a resting phase following surgery.
Shock loss of non-transplanted hair can occur as soon as two to three months after hair transplant surgery, but it can also occur months later. Although uncommon, this process resolves on its own, and all hair that has been shed should regrow.
Doctors prescribe minoxidil (Rogaine) or the hair growth medication finasteride (Propecia) to improve hair regrowth, and postoperative care and following doctor's instructions play a major role in preventing or minimizing hair loss. These drugs also help to slow or stop hair loss.
After your procedure, you'll be sent home to rest and recover, and you'll be given a few simple instructions for scalp care. These include contact restrictions (no touching) and measures to reduce infection risks (no swimming, hot tubs, or baths).
Because the incisions are so small, a hair transplant recipient heals quickly after follicular unit extraction under ideal conditions. Because there is less scalp trauma and micro-incisions, today's FUE hair transplant patients recover in 3 to 5 days. The extraction sites will heal in a few days, and the recipient sites will be red/pink and slightly swollen. After the inflammation has subsided, most patients can return to work and normal life after a week. However, the wait for their new hair will be a long and unavoidable part of the process. Due to natural hair growth cycles, several months must pass after the FUE hair transplant for follicles to cycle through natural growth phases and produce results to be excited about.
Learn more about hair transplant prices and book a free hair transplant consultation with our professionals before discovering the most suitable hair restoration techniques for yourself. FUE hair transplant is preferred because of its affordability – you can learn more about hair transplant on our website, and discover the best restoration opportunities for yourself.
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