Donor area shock loss from tight FUT/strip harvesting closure
This is the dark side of FUT/strip surgery. (Make no mistake: FUE also has its dark side.) Fortunately, shock loss of this degree due to tight closures is an extremely rare occurrence in experienced hands; unfortunately, it happened to you. But don't give up hope because you may have a surprising amount of regrowth over the next few months. I would try using minoxidil in the area--it might help, and couldn't hurt.Thanks for your question, and best of luck to you.Dr. Ballon
Shock loss after tight closure?
kaantay,After blowing up the image, I can see that the areas have thinned but not all the hair has "shocked." That is a good prognostic sign, do not despair it might grow back. I would recommend that you apply minoxidil 5% twice per day to the area, it might expedite the growth. It might have been also related to epinephrine use in the donor harvest. Good luck, and all the best.
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD
Massive donor shock loss
These often do not regrow. This can be a real problem. Wait a full 8 months to see what grows. You may need to discuss treatment of the scar after 8 months with an expander
Massive donor hair loss from a tight closure may be devastating but in general they do grow back over time.
Massive donor hair loss from a tight closure may be devastating but in general they do grow back over time. There is no way to speed this up. It may take over a year.