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Will Shed Hairs Regrow after Hair Transplant Surgery?

1/4/2011 12:33:08 AM

Question:

I recently went through hair transplant surgery last Thursday. It's not even a week (5 days) and I noticed that shedding has started. No bulb was found at the bottom of the shed hairs but two hairs surrounded by a little tissue have fallen out. What exactly does this mean?

Answer:

It is normal for the hair follicles in the transplanted grafts to fall out beginning about one week after the hair transplant surgery. This is due to the temporary disruption in blood supply when the follicular unit grafts are harvested. In addition, many patients will experience shedding of existing hairs in both the donor and recipient areas. The degree of shedding is typically related to a patient’s degree of hair loss and miniaturization. In the majority of cases, this shedding is temporary and you should begin to regrow hair in about 4 months, along with the newly transplanted hair follicles.

The hairs that you have described as having “a little tissue” may be follicular unit grafts that did not take and were rejected. It is not uncommon to lose a graft or two and it should not visibly affect your results.

David (TakingThePlunge) - Assistant Publisher and Forum Co-Moderator


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