Assessing your candidacy for hair transplant surgery is based on a number of factors, the most important being the cause of your hair loss and the severity of its progression. For many female and some male patients, progressing hair loss is accompanied by a miniaturization of the remaining hair shafts (the part of the hair that’s above the skin). This shrinking exacerbates the appearance of thinning hair and, in some cases, may disqualify a patient from receiving hair transplant surgery. For patients who qualify despite miniaturization, it’s important to be aware of a temporary condition called “shock loss” that may occur after the surgery. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we want you to be prepared for every aspect of your hair transplant surgery, including possible risks and side effects.
The miniaturization of hair shafts caused by some forms of hair loss among women weakens existing hair, increasing its susceptibility to trauma. Hair transplant surgery interrupts the regular growth patterns of healthy hair, and for miniaturized hair shafts, this can cause significant temporary damage. For many patients who experience miniaturization of hair shafts, much of their existing hair will fall out after their hair transplant surgery is complete. While this can be shocking for many patients, shock loss is a temporary condition. The lost hairs will quickly recover from the trauma, return to their normal growth cycle, and grow back along with the newly transplanted hair. While the recovery time may be slightly longer than normal, shock loss should never be taken as a sign of an unsuccessful surgery. Shock loss does not occur in all patients experiencing miniaturization and is not expected to occur in the majority of our patients.
Hair transplant surgery is minimally invasive, and recovery times are usually quick. Even for patients who experience shock loss following the procedure, the recovery time is much lower than that of other surgeries. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we’re dedicated to making the process as smooth as possible for you, and that includes informing you about all of the risks and possible side effects involved with hair transplant surgery. Contact us today and set up an appointment to learn more about the hair transplant process and its outcomes.