Is Hair Loss a Common Side Effect After Neograft?
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Hair loss is not uncommon after any hair transplant, not only using the neograft machine.
The Neograft machine is a machine that performs a type of hair restoration called Follicular Unit Extraction, the same way Oral B makes a machine to perform a procedure called Brushing Your Teeth. An FUE procedure performed with the Neograft device is not a "Neograft" procedure any more than brushing your teeth with a sonic toothbrush is an "Oral B" procedure.
In terms of what you can do to about it at this point, I believe Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) would be your best option at this point. The shock loss is due to the surgical "insult" your skin suffered as a result of the procedure. The damage is done, as they say, so stimulating your hair to grow fuller and thicker with the LLLT may limit the extent of shock loss, and is likely your best bet at this point to grow your hair back as quickly as possible.
Hair loss after Neograft
Possible after any hair transplant but very uncommon
"shock hair loss" is reported to occur after any type of hair transplant. It has nothing to do with Neograft FUE procedure which allows for extraction of follicular units without creating an ugly linear scar. I have never seen any hair loss at the donor site after Neograft, and having been doing this type of procedure for almost 2 years now I also never seen any donor scars. As for the shock hair loss at the recepient site it may occur after any type of procedure because it is a side effect of grat PLACEMENT. It must be very rare - I have never seen it....but as mentioned above it is a reported risk. The good news is that it is usually a transient loss
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It may sound counterintuitive, but hair loss after NeoGraft is apart of the process! What you are experiencing is normal and should have been communicated to you in your consult and post-care. Transplanted hairs will shed and begin re-growing within 3-4 months and should begin to grow normally. After this period of shedding, you should begin to grow your own natural hairs.
If you are concerned about an excessive amount of hair loss, make sure to contact your NeoGraft physician so they can better evaluate your outcome.
Temporary Hair Loss after Hair Transplantation
It is common to have temporary loss of transplanted hairs shortly after hair transplantation by any technique, but this is typically followed by steady regrowth of the hair over the following months. I tell patients that they should expect this to some degree. Usually the hair has regrown well within 6-8 months and should be to nearly normal growth by a year after the procedure. Light therapy may be offered by your surgeon that can help to encourage hair regrowth as well.
Hair loss after hair transplant
Typically, the hair should fill in by 4-6 months.
Post NeoGraft hair loss
Best wishes in your recovery.
Hair loss is natural and needed phenomenon for the success of the hair transplantation.
Hair loss after a hair transplant is to be expected
With that said, I would always recommend that patients follow up with their operating surgeon to discuss their concerns and their surgeons specific post-operative protocols. I like to use the NeoLTS system, a low level laser therapy, after a NeoGraft Hair Transplant to help decrease any inflammation and promote positive healing and good graft take. Speak with your surgeon, discuss your concerns and know that it often takes quite a while to see final growth. All the best.
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