8 days post-op beard transplant; hair fell out...are they dead?
Thank you for posting this question. As with any elective cosmetic surgery, questions regarding post-operative issues and concerns are always best directed to the physician who performed the surgery. Your physician knows exactly what happened during the procedure, and is professionally and morally bound to be helpful and provide information and opinions as the final results take shape.
That being said, it is unlikely that your hairs have died, and more likely that they are just shedding. However, it's not possible to tell without an in-person physical examination.
I am hopeful this information is helpful to you.
I wouldn't say that this is anything to be alarmed about. It is totally normal for the transplanted hairs to shed along with the scabs after the 1st week or so. However it never hurts to consult with your doctor as a follow up whenever you have any concerns. I hope this helps.
Hair falling out with scabs after procedure is normal
What you are describing is a normal process after hair transplant to the beard area or any other. The hair shaft, but not the actually follicle, will shed and fall out. Don't be concerned if you don't see any hair growth for quite some time (months). This is also quite normal. It can take up to one year for you to see the final results of any procedure. Hang in there.
The shedding you are experiencing is right on track with the NeoGraft process. Our patients typically experience shedding once the hairs have been in place on their head for two to three weeks. The timetable may be shorter for the beards so just as NeoGraft patients with head transplants wait 3-4 months after shedding for hair regrowth, you too are likely to experience the same process albeit in a shorter timetable.
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What you are describing sounds like the hairs falling out - not follicles. This is a common (and expected) phenomenon. I would not be concerned based on the story you provided.
If the hair follicles have died, it probably was not due to "dry skin".
It is not clear that really happened. There may be many reasons for hair transplant beard transplant failure. If the hair follicles have died, it probably was not due to "dry skin". It is best you follow up with your doctor for a recheck.
Shedding after beard transplant
it is normal for the transplanted hair shaft to fall off after ten days. However the follicles remain under the skin and will start to grow in after three to four months.
Beard transplant grafts
The grafts after any hair transplant fall out post-operatively. What you are seeing is the hair and the skin that encompasses the graft that was transplanted. The cells that produce the subsequent future hair growth have not fallen out. The hair cells go into a dormant phase for the next several months (4-5 months) before you begin to see regrowth of the hairs.
Beard Transplant Hairs did not take
It is unclear from your history and photo as to exactly what happened to your grafts, but I don't think dry skin would be the primary cause.
Properly transplanted hairs should be placed in the dermis where blood supply becomes the major factor in graft survival. Rarely graft rejection for unknown reasons can occur. Adding growth factors such as PRP during transplant can be helpful in avoiding complications like this.
You should follow up with the doctor who did your transplant.