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Female Hair Transplants - Concerns about Shock Loss

5/13/2010 12:41:52 PM

Question:

I am female hair loss sufferer and had a hair transplant on February 9th, 3 months ago. I had approximately 600 to 700 grafts via the strip method with 2-3 hairs each performed on the top part of my head in an area of diffuse thinning. My hair restoration surgeon told me that he had no problems and no dissecting of existing hairs took place. I am on and have been on minoxidil for years. This has been keeping my hair loss virtually non-existent. Approximately 10 days after my procedure, I started experiencing hair loss in both the donor and recipient area. I'm about 3 months out and still losing hair and see no new hair growing to date. I look a lot worse than I started out. Shouldn't the shock loss be slowing down by now? When will it stop? I am also taking (and have for about 4 months) various vitamins like B, biotin, silica, ginkgo biloba, flax seed oil, etc. in an attempt to help prevent more hair loss. I spoke with my doctor and he does not seem concerned. I guess I just need to hear that from an unbiased source. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

Hair transplant surgery can be a very frustrating process in the beginning, especially for women. Post-operative recipient and/or donor telogen effluvium or "shock loss" is very common in female hair transplant patients and takes up to 6 months to a year to grow back. The good news is, permanent hair loss as a result of hair transplant surgery in women is extraordinarily rare. Thus, assuming your hair restoration physician is using today's state of the art surgical techniques, you should start to see significant improvement over the next several months.

Most hair transplant patients typically don't start seeing new signs of hair growth until between 3 to 5 months. These hairs will start to grow thin and colorless and over the course of a year will continue to thicken, darken and mature.

Communication with your doctor is also very important. Thus, you are encouraged to communicate with your physician regarding your concerns to continue to garner his/her professional input throughout the process. You may also find solace and comfort by joining and sharing your experience with hundreds of other hair loss sufferers in the same boat as you on our new enhanced hair loss forum and social community.

Best wishes in a achieving a successful hair transplant result,

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher


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