Shock Loss


Shock loss, one of the unwelcome concerns that can occur after surgery, is the loss of hair in both the recipient and donor areas. It is without a doubt a bit discouraging for a patient to experience hair loss when the whole point of the surgery was to obtain new hair, but the good news is, that it is generally reversible.

          Shock loss is different from natural shedding. As a part of the normal process, the transplanted hair is generally lost within about one month from the time of surgery. Then, after a while, it grows back. Shock loss does not occur with transplanted hair. It occurs in donor and recipient area hair that was perfectly healthy before the surgery.        

     The major causes of shock loss are the use of local anesthetic methodologies that include massive amounts of tumescent and adrenaline during procedures. Additionally, the incorrect performance of incisions can also cause this result. In all three cases, the blood circulation of the grafts is irregular and insufficient.           Fortunately, the majority of cases are generally spontaneous and reversible, stemming mostly from the psychological state of the patient. However, preventative steps can and should be taken to avoid this shock loss from occurring. The experience of the surgeon performing the incisions is important to insure precision. Reduction in the adrenaline amounts of local anesthesia and the diminution of tumescent in tumescent methodologies is another option for prevention. Supporting local anesthetics with sedoanalgesics will also reduce the need for additional dosages. Finasteride can likewise be useful in the reduction of miniaturized hair follicles.

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Istanbul Hair Restoration Surgeon