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Once the hair is transplanted there's a chance that some or all of it will fall out two to three weeks after the procedure. While this is alarming, it is a natural process called "shock loss", that ranges in severity. Forhair does its utmost to minimize the chance of shock loss, both to better convenience our patients and to minimize any chance of hair diameter loss. Those who do experience shock loss typically begin regrowth three to eight months after the initial occurrence.
With proper care, follicle grafts will remain. However, patients may temporarily shed hair strands. Anagen and telogen effluvium, both short-term loss conditions commonly called "shock loss," can happen within two to three weeks of the procedure. While it may occur anywhere on the scalp, such loss is most prevalent in the recipient area. This can be alarming for patients, but it is a normal response to the transplant procedure.
Statistics vary as to the prevalence of shock loss, but most indicate around 5% of patients undergo the after-effect. Such cases are not a sign of the transplant's results, shock loss can happen to patients who later enjoy excellent graft retention. Patients typically resume growing hair that shed from shock loss in around three month's time.
Hair regrowth varies by patient by patient. Most, though, indisputably have 100% follicular activation within a year. Forhair is one of few clinics offering unique methods and treatments that markedly discourage shock loss while encouraging hair health and hasten post-transplant hair growth. We cover the most prominent below:
Procedure technique: Dr. Cole often limits transplants where there is pre-existing hair, decreasing the amount of incisions and level of exposure to free radicals from the grafts.
Graft storage method: Kept at a consistent temperature of 2 to 10 degrees Celsius, Forhair's graft storage medium eliminates free radicals while nourishing cells and reducing their out-of-body metabolism rate to 5%.
ACell: An extracellular matrix commonly used for post-op healing, ACell encourages tissue recovery. Injected into the scalp of hair transplant patients, it further diminishes the chance of noticeable scars while also facilitating follicular health.
CRP: An innovative and unique variant of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a blood serum that encourages hair growth and retention, Forhair's Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP) has five to eight times the growth factors and cytokines as generic PRP. Transplant patients who receive CRP + ACell, which also prolongs CRP's effects, enjoy 99% follicular activity within four and a half months rather than 100% follicular activity in a year.
Stem Cell Therapy: An emerging hair loss treatment, stem cell therapy involves collecting stem cells from small scalp biopsies and processing them into a serum. In the case of transplant patients, the treatment further encourages post-op follicular activity and health.
Take-home Treatments: HairCycle has select products for optimal post-op care and WNT Act has a unique activator that encourages WNT activity, cellular pathways essential for follicular development and health.
Remember, shock loss is a routine effect of hair transplantation and the vast majority of patients recover fully. Contact us if you have further questions about shock loss or the treatments and techniques we use to counter its occurrence, scale, and duration.