The risk of shock loss after hair transplant

You have probably heard the term shock loss after hair transplant if you have been considering hair transplantation surgery or have undergone it. This fear of this side affect haunts you. Whether you undergo scalp hair transplant, facial hair transplant or any other hair transplant, every surgical procedure comes with some sort of side effects. Learning more about it will get you situated regarding the facts associated with shock loss. It will help you deal with your fears and shock loss regarding the phenomenon.


What is shock loss?

The term shock loss refers to the hair loss of transplanted and natural hair after the hair transplantation. Numbers of causes are associated with shock loss after hair transplant. However, it is a non permanent phenomenon that affects a certain percentage of hair rather than the entire scalp.

Most of the time, shock loss is our body’s natural response after hair transplantation. It is a temporary condition which fades away naturally. However the surgery must be performed by a highly skilled surgeon.

Possible reasons associated with shock loss

Loss of newly transplanted and natural hair is normal and perfectly fine. The transplanted as well as existing grafts are healthy and usually grow back in a period of three to four months. Following are the possible causes of shock loss after hair transplant.

  1. Body’s natural reaction

Our bodies naturally react to any kind of surgery performed. The scalp is in shock mode after going through extraction of grafts, punching holes and placement of extracted hair follicles. As, a result our body ejects hair. It is a temporary side effect and hair will grow back.

  1. Inefficiency of the surgeon

Another common cause of hair loss on part of a surgeon is not damaging the hair follicles of existing hair before transplanting the extracted hair. Even the most experienced physicians can transplant hair grafts that are programmed to fall out ahead of time. As long as the hair loss of transplanted hair is programmed genetically, hair will return.

Who does it affect?

Almost every individual gone under hair transplant experiences hair fall in the immediate months after surgery. Men and women are equally affected by hair loss. Although it is assumed that only men undergo shock loss but it is not the case, it affects all individuals equally.

Preventing shock loss

Shock loss cannot be prevented completely; however, it can be minimized.  The surgeon performing hair transplant surgery should make strategic incisions and shouldn’t place hair in an extremely dense configuration. Also, using minoxidil after hair transplant can help prevent shock loss to a certain extent.

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