Does Transplanted Hair Fall Out
Does Transplanted Hair Fall Out?
Hair fall is natural function of body as it is common to lose anywhere between 50-100 hairs every day. And even though Hair Transplant is a permanent and effective solution to baldness, your transplanted hair will fall out temporarily. The important thing is to know the difference between normal hair shedding and post-operative shedding of transplanted hair grafts and factors affecting loss of transplanted hair.
Shedding of normal hair
Our hair goes through cycle of three phases of shedding and growth at all times in our lifespan: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. All three phases occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another is in the telogen phase.
The anagen phase is known as the growth phase and it can last from two to six years. The catagen phase is known as the “transitional phase”, and lasts for 2-3 weeks. The telogen phase, is where most shedding occurs and can last for about 100 days. During this time, as much as 50-100 hairs are shed.
Shedding of post-operative transplanted hair grafts
A lot of patients complain of shedding post hair transplant. Not many of us know, that shedding of hair is a completely normal occurrence and is vital for strong hair to grow on the scalp. Here are some of the common reason of hair loss post hair transplant:
1) Shock Hair Loss
During hair transplant, tiny incisions are made in which individual grafts are placed. Regardless of whether FUT or FUE is performed, the procedure is traumatic on the scalp and the surrounding hairs. As a response to this trauma, the hair grafts and the existing hairs can temporarily shed. This occurrence is known as “shock loss.
Don’t be alarmed if you notice continued loss of hair anywhere between 1-5 weeks after the hair transplant procedure. within a short span of time, new hairs will eventually grow back again. Understand that “shock loss” is a normal part of the hair restoration development and although it is unavoidable, it is also temporary.
2) Possibility of Graft Rejection
As a matter of fact, no doctor can give you a 100% guarantee on the occurrence of graft rejection. Many times, the recipient area might reject the donor grafts completely. In this case, it is the body’s immune system that rejects the hair grafts and destroys the transplanted tissue completely.
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3) Proper aftercare
Aftercare is must for hair transplant. You need to listen to your doctor and pay special attention to post-op care or else it may lead to complete destruction of the hair transplant. Some of the steps that you need to keep in mind are: Wash your hair thoroughly but gently. Abstain from alcohol, sex, and nicotine for at least 1-4 weeks so that the grafts do not get dislodged.
Post-op care can completely make and break your hair care, otherwise, it will result in a complete waste of money and time.
Telogen Effluvium is basically the occurrence of hair loss where you end up losing all of your hair at once. It is mostly caused by various external factors that cause the hair follicles to fall out. Once the cause of the hair loss is recognized, telogen effluvium is treatable and the hair can get into the growth phase yet again. At HairMD, the doctors consider each case on an individual basis and provide the best solutions to treat telogen effluvium.
5)Donor dominance & Recipient dominance theories
Coined by Dr. Norman Orentreich, the Donor Dominance theory explains why hair tissue from the donor zone successfully regenerates new hair. Since the transplanted scalp tissue is producing healthy hairs in an area that could no longer grow hair, it is assumed that the physical traits of hair follicles from the donor zone are dominant over the physical traits of the original scalp tissue.
Similarly, the recipient dominance theory is basically the high influence of the recipient hair on the transplanted area.
6) Which zone are your grafts taken from?
Since there are many hair transplant clinics, they do not always come with the provision of high quality and experience. There are many inexperienced quacks sitting at every other corner of the street masquerading as highly experienced professionals. Many of them end up extracting hair from nonpermanent zone to place in the recipient area. This results in complete hair loss and the results are abysmal. It is very important to go to an experienced doctor who knows which is the perfect donor zone to carry out the hair transplant procedure, otherwise, your hair will end up falling out.
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Note:- Transplanted hair can fall out, if not taken proper care of. It is very important to carefully understand the aforementioned points and get proper guidance from your doctor so as to make the best of transplanted hair.