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How Long Does it Take for "Shocked" Hair After Hair Transplant Surgery to Grow Back?

9/13/2009 2:13:24 AM

Question:

I've had hair transplant surgery and had shock loss. I've lost a large amount of native hair and I can say that I practically went bald. My hair restoration physician is a reputable and experienced professional and he said that my hair will all grow back. It's been 3.5 months and approximately 45% of it has already returned. I do not believe any of the 2,200 grafts have grown yet. I heard that you are very experienced and knowledgeable so I value your input. I am very distressed by the shock loss. How long do you think it will take for all the shocked hair to grow back? Thank you very much!

Answer:

I know from personal experience how discouraging shock loss a few weeks to a couple months after surgical hair restoration can be. However, post-hair transplant telogen effluvium (shock loss) is usually temporary and shocked hair typically begins to regrow back around the same time transplanted hair starts to grow. At 3.5 months and 45% hair regrowth, I expect the rest will come back in a few short months. Usually, it takes up to 6 months for shocked hair to return and up to a year for the transplanted hair to grow and mature.

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