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Shock loss and Hair shedding – How both are different?

If you are thinking of hair transplant but worried about hair loss after hair transplant? It is called Shock loss. It is a common phenomenon of hair loss mostly seen after a hair transplant procedure. Hair transplant has gained a lot of success in the cosmetic field in recent years. I Dr. Dhananjay Chavan Dermatologist & Hair transplant surgeon will give you complete detailed information so that you understand in an easy way. 

Shock loss after hair transplant

Let’s discuss in details about it so that your doubt will be completely cleared.

Shock loss is a loss of natural hair, irrespective of it belongs to the donor area or the recipient area. It 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 harvested from the donor area and 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. When the strip heals completely, the lost hair grows again.

During an FUE hair transplant, if the surgeon harvests a large number of grafts in a single sitting, 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 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 sometimes leads to permanent loss of hairs, because the hair in consideration can’t bear the stress of the surgery.

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Hair Shedding after hair transplant:

It is a normal phenomenon which is seen in every individual. It is very normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs every day. If it is noticed excess hair loss like more then 150 or more then you need to get it checked. It may stop on its own as well. But it is known in scientific as Telogen effluvium.

Hair Shedding can occur after hair transplants. It occurs when hair and grafts are harvested from the donor area, cutting the blood supply. It is stored in the holding solution and then inserted in the recipient area. These inserted grafts shed from the head but it is temporary. Hair grows back again in two weeks until six weeks of hair transplant

If you are wondering how to minimize shock loss and hair 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, the FDA approved drugs such as Minoxidil and Finasteride reduces the risk of Shock Loss and Hair Shedding after hair transplant.

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 surgery about hair transplant.

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