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Is Shock Loss a Greater Risk after a Second Hair Transplant?

7/1/2014 12:14:00 AM

Question:

I'm almost 6 weeks in for my second transplant. Shock loss is pretty brutal. Is this common for a second hair transplant? How much worse can this get?

Amswer:

Any time grafts are placed in close proximity to existing hairs there is a chance for those hairs to become shocked. Shock loss is definitely a greater risk during a second hair transplant due to the fact that there is typically more hair surrounding the newly placed grafts. The good news is that, in most cases, this hair loss is temporary and should regrow along with your transplanted hair between 3 and 6 months post-op.

Did your hair restoration surgeon recommend using Propecia (finasteride) and/or Rogaine (minoxidil) prior to surgery to reduce this risk?

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