Does The Transplanted Hair Fall Out
Experiencing massive hair shedding within the 8-12 months after hair transplant is normal. The lost hair will grow again 3-4 months later. After this temporary shedding has recovered, the transplanted hair follicles preserve their characteristics and they are not shed.
Hair growth has phases; growth phase(anagen), dormant phase(catagen) and shedding phase(telogen). Transplanted hair is permanent for life time and cannot be lost unless you develop alopecia related skin infection.
In the meantime Dr. Civas advises couple of things to prevent further hair loss. However, the original hair in the same area may continue to be lost and a new hair transplantation may be planned depending on the decrease in the hair density.
Normal hair shedding:
As we all know our hair goes through the cycle of three phases of shedding and growth at all times in our lifespan: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. These three phases occur simultaneously; if one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another is in the telogen phase.
Shedding after hair transplant:
A lot of patients complain of hair shedding post hair transplant. Not many of us know that shedding of hair is a completely a normal occurrence and is vital for strong hair to grow on the scalp.
It is known as the growth phase and which can last from two to six years.
This is also known as the “transitional phase or dormant phase”, which also lasts for 2-3 weeks.
The telogen phase:
In this phase where most shedding occurs and can last for about 100 days. During this time, normally 80-100 hairs can shed.
Why does transplanted hair fall out
During a hair transplant, small incisions are made where the individual grafts are placed. Whether FUT or FUE is performed, the procedure is traumatic on the scalp and the surrounding hairs. Hair grafts and the existing hairs can temporarily shed which is known as shock loss.
You should not be scared if you notice the continued loss of hair, it will be between 1-5 weeks after the hair transplant procedure. But within a short span of time, new hairs will eventually grow back again. It should be noted that “shock loss” is a normal part of the hair restoration development and although it is unavoidable, it is also temporary.
As a matter of fact, at Civas hair transplant Clinic we can’t 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, the body’s immune system can reject the hair grafts and can destroy the transplanted tissue completely.
During stress our bodies shunt nutrients to our heart, lungs, muscles and other vital organs. As a result, hair may be weakened and in some cases, hair follicles stop producing new hair. This is called telogen effluvium. This is the most common form of hair loss and typically seen two to three months after a major body stress, such as major surgery, chronic illness, or significant infection. Other causes such as sudden change of hormone levels, especially in women after childbirth, or stopping hormone replacement.
The post care is a must for hair transplant. You need to listen to your doctor, always follow the post-op guidelines provided and pay special attention to post-operative care or else it may lead to the complete destruction of the hair transplant.
Diet and Metabolism:
During healing your body metabolism increases and there are increased needs for more nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc and biotin among others. Limited amounts will be diverted to wear it is needed the most with hair not being one of these places. To reduce the effects of stress on your hair, try to eat a more nutritious diet. Extra fruit and vegetables may help especially foods rich in zinc, biotin and (especially if a menstruating female) and iron.
Donor dominance & Recipient dominance theories:
The recipient dominance theory is basically the high influence of the recipient hair on the transplanted area.
Since there are many hair transplant clinics, many do not always come with the provision of high quality and experience. Many of them end up extracting hair from non-permanent zone to place in the recipient area.
These results in complete hair loss and the results are extremely bad. Therefore, 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.