Here is an answer from Dr. Shivanee, who works with HairMD Clinic at Pune. Covering the topic of Shock Loss and Shedding, she explains about the common questions that we have regarding both of these procedures. If like many other patients, you too are confused about the principle of shock loss and shedding, then here are both the procedures explained for you.
Let us begin by describing shock loss and then covering the topic of shedding.
What is the Shock loss?
Shock loss can be a loss of any type of natural hair, irrespective of it belonging to the donor area or the recipient area. Shock Loss is a common occurrence amongst many patients after they undergo the hair transplant procedure. It can be both- temporary and permanent. When it is temporary, then it means that the lost hair will grow again after a certain period of time.
It mainly occurs after FUT transplant, where the strip is harvested from the donor area and is closed with a suture or a stapler. If by chance, during the closing of the wound, the tension is more in the adjusted area of the strip, then the pressure around the strip may disturb the required blood supply and it will cause the loss of hair of the surrounding recipient area. This is temporary, as when the strip is healed completely, the lost hair will grow again.
During FUE hair transplant as well, if the surgeon tries to harvest a large number of grafts in a single seating, then more often than not- it leads to shock loss. This may also result in permanent shock loss in some patients.
It is important to understand, that the most important part of the graft is the bulge of the graft. It may leave a permanent damage to the head and a shock loss may occur in the recipient area. This can happen during the slit making procedure if the total magnification takes place in the slit. This also might lead to the permanent damage of existing hair.
Shock loss occurs may sometimes lead to the permanent loss of some hairs because the hair in consideration cannot bear the stress of the surgery result.
What is Shedding?
Shedding is a universal characteristic that occurs after hair transplants. It occurs when the hair is harvested and the graft is harvested from donor area, cutting off the blood supply for a certain period of time. It stored into the holding solution then we are inserted to the recipient area, this insert response to this insert graft shed their head but it is temporary after that hair grow again it begins from the two weeks of transplant until six weeks of hair transplant sometimes very small amount of patients may have said their hair continues to grow.
If you are wondering how to minimise shock loss or shedding after hair transplant, then first choose a skilled expert as that is the first step of reducing the risk of shedding and shock loss. Secondly, undertake the use of medications like minoxidil and finasteride which are FDA approved drugs and considerably reduce the risk of shedding as well as shock loss.
The third step to undertake is the adoption of a proper magnification standard instrument, which will reduce the risk of shedding and shock loss and lastly, choose a surgeon wisely and educate yourself completely before going for a hair transplant surgery.