Natural Hair Loss After Hair Transplant Surgery - Why?

4/29/2009 11:54:16 AM


I had hair transplant surgery 6 weeks ago and it seems that my remaining natural hair is now falling out. Will my natural hair grow back or just the transplanted hair?


It sounds like you may have experienced telogen effluvium known as hair transplant "shock loss". This can occur any time hair is transplanted in between or around natural hair. In most cases, this is temporary and the hair will regrow within 3 to 6 months. Miniaturized hair from male pattern baldness may not grow back since they may not be strong enough to resist the trauma done to the scalp during surgery. Of course, these hairs were going to fall out anyway. The only other way the shocked natural hair won't regrow is in the event the follicles were transected during surgery. This is practically a non-existent issue in the hands of a quality surgeon.

The first few months after a hair transplant are the hardest. Over time however, your hair will grow and you should have more hair than you started with prior to surgery. In order to preserve your natural hair however, since hair loss is progressive, you may want to consider Propecia and Rogaine.

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