FUE hair loss. Am I destined to look balder for the next few months? Any suggestions?
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Hair shedding after a hair surgery
On the week 1-2 the transplanted hairs will start to shed at this point, and by the end of the 3rd/4th week, most will be gone. This is a normal part of the healing process and is totally expected. The newly transplanted hairs go through a shedding process as the actual hair shaft is released, but the actual folliculare unit and bulb are totally intact starting to grow a new hair shaft. This is part of the normal hair cycle .Months 3-4 the new hairs should start coming out. For some patients, their transplanted hairs start growing early in the timeline, for others they start growing later. You will see the new transplants but they will be thin at this stage as they begin to emerge from the scalp. Most of the native hair will be growing back at this time..
You may look worse before you look better. Everyone is different. In general it can take 6 to 12 months to see results.
Losing your transplanted hairs after FUE
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Shedding hair after a hair transplant procedure
You seem to be experiencing shedding that is typical following a hair transplant. The hair which is shed generally grows back together with the transplanted hair at about three months. You should expect hair that is shaved for the FUE procedure to grow back at the normal rate of 1/2mm per day.
The shedding, also called shock hair loss, doesn’t imply damage to the hair follicles. What it implies is a physiological, or normal, response to this trauma to the scalp which is caused by the hair transplant. In general, only miniaturized hair (the hair that is affected by androgens and that has begun to decrease in diameter) is shed after a transplant. This hair would be lost in the near term anyway. Existing healthy hair is unlikely to shed, but if it were shed, you could expect it to grow back.
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