Hair transplant is the surgical transfer of hairs from the dense hair area to the recipient site. Its recovery is a natural process and it takes 9 to 12 months to show complete results and it keeps improving for over another year. Normally, three weeks after the procedure, the patient might notice shedding of transplanted hair and it is nothing to worry about. It is called shock loss. It happens because of a temporary dormant phase that occurs after hair implant surgery. Over the next several weeks, the patient can expect to see new sprouts of hairs. The time of regrowth of hair is different for every person.
- Does DHT affect transplanted hair?
Dihydrotestosterone is an androgen and is a byproduct of testosterone. Some people are more prone to the effects of DHT based on fluctuation in their androgen receptor gene. Dihydrotestosterone binds with the receptor gene and also makes it take longer for a follicle to grow new hair that leads to hair fall and baldness. It can be treated by surgical hair restoration treatment. Typically, transplanted hairs are taken from the back of the head where the scalps are not prone to genetic balding so that they will not be impacted by DHT hormone.
- Why does hair shed after transplant?
Hair transplant is individual placement of hairs from the donor site to the balding area. For transplantation, tiny incisions are created wherein the individual grafts are placed. Regardless of the method of surgery, the procedure can be quite traumatic on the scalp and the surrounding hairs, and as a result, the hair grafts and the existing hairs can temporarily shed. This occurrence is referred to as shock loss.
- How long does shock loss last?
Shedding of hair grafts after a hair transplant can be noticed anywhere between 1-5 weeks after the hair restoration surgery. Patients are often alarmed by the continued loss of hair; however, shock loss does not last for more than four months. After 4 months of the surgery, the patient can witness the sprouting of new hairs; although new hairs take a long time to grow out to their density. Shock loss is an unavoidable process, but it is temporary
- Can one go bald again after a hair transplant?
Hair transplant is considered as the best solution to cure baldness. It is a permanent solution with a high success rate, but hair loss is a natural process and there are possibilities that with the passing time, the hair follicles will start thinning, but they will produce many hairs that will last for the rest of the life. If the hairs keep thinning continuously, the hairline will not recede following the previous pattern of natural hair loss.
- When can I touch transplanted hair?
Next day after the surgery, doctors advise the patient to wash the hair in order to remove remaining blood. Beginning 2 3 days of the surgery, the patient can touch hairs gently with finger tips while washing the head. In the first month, touching, rubbing and scratching are strictly prohibited because it can cause infection and worsen the swelling. It can also disturb the new placed hairs, which can result in bad hair transplant. After one month, the patient can touch hairs easily, but rubbing and scratching should be avoided till the new hairs start growing.
Transplanted hair fall out is a normal part of the hair restoration process and is not indicative of any permanent damage to the new hairs. It is a little long during, but it is unavoidable though it is temporary. Some over the counter drugs are used in minimizing the hair loss after the surgery. Natural healing process is slow so that the new hair takes time to grow and mature.