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Shock Hair Loss following a hair transplant

‘Shock hair loss’ – What’s happening following your transplant?

Help! Why am I losing hair rather than gaining it following my hair transplant?! This is a question a lot of patients will want to ask post their hair transplant. Around the second week following your hair loss surgery, you will experience (as in all cases), some hair ‘shedding’ for a period of time. This is nothing to worry about! It is normal to experience the shedding of some newly transplanted hair grafts after any hair transplant procedures.  The hair roots or grafts will be ‘resting’ but will remain healthy and will become active in time. While the idea of ‘shock hair loss’ sounds very dramatic, the shedding is always temporary. So although it might cause you some anxiety initially, as long as you are following your post-surgery care advice there is no need to worry and the hair will grow back.

When does shock hair loss occur?

Shock hair loss is particularly frequent in women with female pattern hair loss following their hair transplant. It typically occurs between two to four weeks after hair restoration surgery and they will lose most, if not all, of the new implants at this stage. As we say though, it’s not permanent!

Why does shock hair loss occur?

‘Shock hair loss’ occurs as a result of trauma to the scalp during surgery and can begin anything from a few days to a couple of months after hair restoration surgery. It occurs particularly where hair grafts have been implanted between and around existing natural or ‘native’ hair.

When can I expect my hair to grow back following shock hair loss?

The new hairs will gradually break through the scalp from around four months after the operation and won’t be visible at first, although you’ll be able to feel them with your fingertips. They will also grow at different rates, slowly maturing for up to a year or eighteen months before you see the final result of your hair restoration surgery. Shock hair loss is a normal stage of the development of new hair grafts and will soon be a distant memory once the full hair has grown back.

Can you avoid shock hair loss?

Unfortunately shock hair loss is part of the process of the cultivation of new, healthy hairs. The good news however is that the loss is always temporary. All of the hairs will re-grow alongside the new implants. Both donor and recipient sites can be affected post-operatively and, in most cases of female hair loss, will take around 9-12 months to grow back.

During the re-growth period the hairs will initially grow thin and colourless and then over the course of a year they will come to thicken, darken and mature. We would always recommend applying Minoxidil lotion during this period to encourage the new hair re-growth.

Find out more about shock hair loss and hair transplant procedures

At the Wimpole Clinic in London we have been performing expert hair restoration procedures for over 30 years and believe us, we have seen every kind of hair loss! Clients are bound to feel anxious about shock hair loss and the results of their hair transplant as even the idea of the procedure may produce all kinds of worries. We can assure you however that we know each stage of our procedures like the back of our hands (or heads!) and we will take you through what to expect following the procedure before you decide whether to go for the surgery.

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