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How Many Times Do Transplanted Hair Follicles Shed after Hair Transplant Surgery?

2/27/2012 2:03:29 AM

Question:

When you get a hair transplant, part of the process is that transplanted hair falls out in a period of one month. My question is, when the transplanted hair regrows, is it going to fall out again? How long does it last?

Answer:

It is believed that transplanted hair follicles shed due to the trauma and temporary interruption in blood flow they sustain during hair restoration surgery. However, this process only happens once. Typically, between three and four months after hair transplant surgery, new hair growth will begin and these follicles will continue to grow just as your natural hair did previously.

In addition to the natural shedding of transplanted hairs, patients may also experience shock loss of the surrounding hair causing them to appear balder than they were prior to surgery. In most cases, this shock loss is temporary. Many hair loss experts believe that starting a regimen of Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) a few weeks prior to surgery may help to reduce the likelihood of shock loss.

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