Shedding of hair from transplanted hair follicles is a normal part of the healing process following an FUE hair transplant procedure. But what is really happening to the follicles when this happens? And when can hair growth be expected?
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is a state-of-the-art hair transplant procedure which leaves behind the old method of harvesting follicles in a strip of skin cut from the back of the scull. Instead, FUE harvests follicles using a specially designed instrument which punches out one follicle at a time. This is good news, as it means no tell-tale scar from strip harvesting. When performed correctly and follicles are removed evenly, FUE punch scars can be virtually undetectable – you can wear your hair short at the back without fear of revealing a long scar. Once the dissected follicles are implanted into the sparse areas of the scalp to create a fuller head of hair, the healing process can begin.
Transplanted hair will normally shed temporarily in the first 2 months following a transplant, also known as shock loss. This is the body’s normal reaction to the trauma it received during the transplant, ie: follicles relocated from one to another area of the scalp. It can be alarming to notice the loss of transplanted hair, but this is a normal part of the hair restoration process. It’s not this hair that’s important, it’s the health of dermal papilla at the base of the hair follicle, which will regrow hair at the 4-6 month mark. By this time, the follicles have recuperated and will being to grow new, permanent hair. Many people will see an accelerated phase of hair growth between 8-12 months, and final results will be seen at about 12-months.
Shock loss caused by trauma of a hair transplant, causing native hairs to temporarily shed.
However, the dermal papilla remains despite the hair falling out and hair grows back.
At Melbourne Hair Transplant Clinic, we like to start some Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment about 6 months following an FUE hair transplant. PRP takes a sample of your own blood, separates it into platelets and plasma from the red and white blood cells using a centrifuge, then it is injected back into the scalp. The main benefit of using Platelet Rich Plasma is in its ability to stimulate and support hair growth. It is extremely useful in the preservation and improvement of hair follicle viability during and after hair transplantation, helping to make new hair healthy and strong.
Key Takeaways from this Post
- Shedding hair following a FUE hair transplant is a normal part of the hair restoration process.
- New, permanent hair will begin to grow at around 4-6 months following a transplant.
- To find out more book an appointment with Dr Paraskevas.