4 months post FUT hair transplant - shedding or shock loss? (Photo)
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Shedding or shock loss after hair transplant?
Thank you for your clinical post and photograph. The photograph shows a relatively large pile of presumably shed hair. It would be unusual to have shock loss of your native hair in the recipient side at 4 months following the follicular unit transplantation. This usually occurs in the first 4-6 weeks. Shedding from other areas of the scalp that may be accelerated as a result of your male pattern hair loss or synchronous with repeat hair weave or hair styling techniques may be occurring. However, to ensure that there is nothing that is treatable I would recommend visiting your hair transplantation physician. Having them examine the donor site and the recipient site. If recipient transplanted hairs are growing in a healthy fashion and the recipient native hair is stable telogen effluvium or shock loss in a transplant region is an unlikely cause. Certainly low-level light therapy, topical nutrient serums 10-15% topical Minoxidil and even Propecia can be protective and minimize ongoing loss of untransplanted recipient hairs and the indications for these approaches can be assessed by your transplant physician.
With your transplant flourishing, maintenance and management of your recipient hair as long as possible is the usual strategy and there are a number of options as outlined above.
I hope this information is of some assistance and best of luck.
To find out more, please visit the link below.
R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
Shedding and Hair Transplant- Dr. Alan Feller -Great Neck, New York
You are showing a pile of hair 4 months after a hair transplant
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