Loosing hair in donor area after Hair Transplant, will they grow back? (photos)
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It is best to contact your doctor if you are having issues after surgery. Shock hair loss may be an issue.
It is best to contact your doctor if you are having issues after surgery. Shock hair loss or over harvesting may be an issue.
Losing hair after a hair transplant
If you are losing hair after a hair transplant, then you may be experiencing shock loss (see below for discussion)
Hair thinning post surgery
You either have had overharvesting of your donor area or have post-op donor area effluvium (i.e. shock loss). If the area was overharvested, it will not grow back, but it sounds as this is a new development, which means it is likely donor area effluvium - which is likely to grow back over the course of a year.
Either way - you should see your surgeon to show them what is going on. Good luck!
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I recommend that you should follow up with the surgeon who performed your procedure for an evaluation to address your concerns.
Shock loss after hair transplant
There is a possibility - due to operation stress - that a number of hairs will fall out in the post-operation phase. This generally temporary occurrence is known as "shock loss", and may last just a few weeks or possibly months. In certain cases, donor hairs and neighbouring hairs may fall out after a hair transplant (for instance when dense packing has been performed). This should not worry patients, as the hairs generally regrow once the shock loss period has ended. Moreover, the cell responsible for regrowth remains in the scalp even though the grafted hair falls.
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