For every surgical procedure, it is granted that there are accompanying risks or side effects. With hair transplant one particular side effect that raised concern is shock loss. This is the hair loss that a post-transplant patient
experience two to three weeks after surgery.
For those who have shelled out thousands to get a hair transplant, this will certainly cause an alarm. How distressing would it be to find that you paid so much but end up losing it at the end? But there is no need to blow off your lid immediately, because this, my friend, is often a temporary reaction.
Shock loss can be caused by the trauma that the scalp experiences during surgery. This worsens especially when a megasession is done. This means that a surgeon does extensive work in one session. This might sound good knowing that the procedure will be done in one sitting. However the integrity and healthy of your scalp suffers, thus resulting to hair loss. By scheduling smaller sessions, you lessen the trauma your scalp receives.
In the event where a surgeon accidentally severes any blood vessels in the scalp, this disrupts proper blood flow in the scalp which can eventually lead to hair loss.
The poor health of hair graft can also cause it to shed eventually even in a new site. When the hair graft is already starting to miniaturize when transplanted, it is highly likely that it will still continue to do so. However this problem can be reversed by taking medications that prevents the progressive decrease of the size and diameter of the hairs.
Another culprit for shock loss can be the use of too much epinephrine during the surgery as a means to prevent excessive bleeding.
When hair loss continues months after your surgery, this might no longer be shock loss, but rather, a progression of your hair loss. It can either be caused by another condition such as thyroid problems, stress or poor nutrition. Of course, you should immediately report this to your surgeon for proper evaluation.
The downside to shock loss is that the amount of hair lost will equal or even be more than what was transplanted. As mentioned earlier, the blood supply of your entire scalp can be disrupted so both the newly transplanted hairs and original ones are equally affected.
To lessen the chances of shock loss, one of your primary responsibilities is to find a good surgeon who is experienced and skilled enough to determine the right grafts from those that are not. You also must see to it that you stabilize your hair loss problems using medications such as Propecia or Minoxidil. This way, your hair grafts will somehow be nourished enough making it a good donor.
Other hair specialists also found certain methods such as the Accelerated Follicular Restoration (AFR) to encourage the hairs to remain on the head, giving you faster results.
New hairs often start to grow within 3 months’ time after experiencing a shock loss. So take give those hair grafts time to recuperate. More often than not, it turns out positively.