4 months post FUT hair transplant - shedding or shock loss? (Photo)

Hello, 4mos post and my transplanted area in gradually flourishing. However, I've noticed excessive hair loss but I'm unable to differentiate if it's hair shedding/shock loss I'm experiencing. I have relatively healthy hair & I've worn my hair in a weave for 2mos ( 2mos post FUT). I'm aware my hair sheds 50-100 strands/day (approx. 6k shedded strands accumulated). During detangling my hair (Jan 8) it "shedded" a lot, expected; BUT I faced more during styling today. Could this be shock loss?

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Shedding or shock loss after hair transplant?

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Dear J0y24,

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.

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Shedding and Hair Transplant- Dr. Alan Feller -Great Neck, New York

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That is an unusual amount of shedding for four months post op. I personally have never seen the like. Shock loss happens very quickly, so not likely it's that. I can't imagine why you would have such a massive delayed response. Go see your doctor and make sure there isn't something else going on like a sub acute infection. Is your scalp red, irritated, peeling, etc...? Go to your doctor or just a doctor if you have to.

Alan S. Feller, DO
Great Neck Hair Restoration Surgeon

You are showing a pile of hair 4 months after a hair transplant

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This appears like shock loss and loss of native hair. : Shedding after a hair transplant while on the drug propecia is unusual. I doubt it is coming from the drug, but rather an acceleration of your normal hair loss process. If the shedding is in the transplanted area, the new grafts, when they grow, will off set it. If the shedding is from all over the front and top of the head it sounds like shock loss which usually accelerates the hair loss that you might have seen two years after a hair transplant had you not been on the drug. If you are developing a more advanced balding pattern with acceleration of your hair loss, which a Bulk Measurements with the HAIRCHECK instrument can provide, it will show over a one year time frame, what exactly is your hair loss (in numbers) and then you and your doctor need to develop a MASTER PLAN for what may happen to you.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Excessive shedding

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You need to follow up with your doctor to find the cause for your hair shedding. It is a good idea to start a medical treatment such as rogaine and propecia to slow down the progressive loss of your native hair. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
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If you are losing lots of hair after a hair transplant surgery it may be shock hair loss. Photo of your hair

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If you are losing lots of hair after a hair transplant surgery it may be shock hair loss. Photo of your hair is not generally helpful.  Seeing your doctor for a follow up exam is the best course of action if you are concerned.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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