You 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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