Can A Hair Transplant Damage Existing Hair Follicles In A Thinning Area?May 8th, 2014
Q: My hair is thinning, but I’ve been told I have too much existing hair to warrant a hair transplant. I heard that transplanting new hair into my thinned areas will lead to a loss of existing hair follicles. I was told to delay a hair transplant procedure until my density has further decreased. Is this true?
A: A hair transplant does not cause loss of hair follicles in the recipient area. The procedure may cause a temporary “shock” loss of the hair. Shock hair loss is a physiologic response to the trauma to the scalp which is caused by a hair transplant. Hair that is healthy is going to come back after some period of time – generally 6 months. Hair that may be near the end of its lifespan may not return. When a hair transplant is performed at the proper time, in the proper candidate, shock hair loss should just be an incidental issue.
It is possible that you simply don’t need a hair transplant at this time. If you have early thinning, it may be best treated with medication, or not at all. As you age, we will have a better idea of your thinning pattern and, at that time, a hair transplant may be more appropriate.Related Posts:
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Topic: Hair Transplant
Tags: Hair Loss After Transplant, Hair Transplant Age, Hair Transplant Candidate, Shock Loss, Shock Loss in Recipient Area Posted by Michael B. Wolfeld M.D. on May 8th, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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