I had a facelift in March. I was under anesthesia for 5 hours. 3 months later my hair started thinning. Will it grow back?
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Hair loss after Facelift
I assume that you are experiencing diffuse hair loss that is unrelated to your surgical incisions. This type of hair loss (telogen effluvium) is believed to be caused by sudden stress or a traumatic event such as surgery or general anesthesia. It occurs when a large number of growing hair follicles suddenly enter into a resting phase. It usually lasts less than 6 months and normal hair density is restored within one year. Longer lasting hair loss usually implies another cause such as dietary deficiency, low thyroid, medication effect, or chronic stress. Diffuse hair loss after surgery is fortunately a rare event. Topical minoxidil (Rogaine) may help to speed recovery.
Hair Loss After Facelift
In the rare patient hair can temporarily thin out after surgery.
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- Hair can shed from the stress of surgery. It will regrow.
- Hair can also thin from tension on the scalp if you had a brow lift. This may be permanent.
- Hair can also change because of unrelated hormonal changes.
- I suggest you discuss this with your surgeon as to the likely cause, and the best treatment.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
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