Hair Transplant Shock Loss

by Staff Writer

Hair Transplant Shock LossYou won’t hear about it on the late night hair replacement infomercials or read about it on the websites of the large chain hair transplant clinics. It’s a term that that strikes fear in the hearts of the salesman trying to sell surgery to unsuspecting and vulnerable hair loss sufferers. But the Truth is “shock loss” is a very real phenomenon that effect’s a larger percentage of hair transplant patients than than industry would like to admit.

The term “shock loss” refers to the synchronized shedding of one’s existing hair due the the trauma of the surgical procedure itself. Those with a significant amount of hair who undergo hair transplant surgery are at greatest risk. Women who undergo hair transplant surgery will almost always suffer with some degree of shock loss which can be extremely distressing.

The good news is that for many patients shock loss is a temporary issue that will eventually resolve itself within a few months.

Patients who undergo a hair transplant procedure must be fully informed of the possibility of looking worse before looking better. Proper patient selection also plays a role in determining the possible extent of shock loss as well. While shock loss is a very real concern, it’s important to note that for the right candidate who finds the right surgeon, a hair transplant can be a wonderful life changing experience.

This neglected topic was recently discussed by the Medical adviser to the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, Bradley R. Wolf, MD.

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Dave October 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

Yes, I had a hair treatment in July and the hair loss from shock has not grown back. I am totally depressed but my Doctor did say it should restore back to normal within 3 to 5 months. Lets hope and pray!!!l

kevin October 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I had a hair transplant about 2 years ago. (2400 grafts) After the procedure I had alot of shock loss. It looks like I loss more after the procedure than I gained. I have concerns about a 2nd procedure, could you give me advice on this. I would hope that a second procedure would improve my appearance, but at the same time I don’t think I could risk having a large amount of shock loss again. Thank you .

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