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‘Is It True You Can Lose Your Hair After a Hair Transplant?’

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Name: Andy

Question: I am thinking about getting a hair transplant but have heard you can still lose your hair even after having a hair transplant done – is that true? What is the best way to stop hair falling out if I do have hair surgery? I don’t want to spend all that money on a hair transplant only to end up bald anyway! Cheers.

Hair transplant surgeryAnswer: Hi Andy, thanks for your question. The short answer is yes – you can experience hair loss following a hair transplant. This shedding is generally down to one of two hair loss conditions and can be either temporary or a more permanent condition.

Temporary hair loss following hair transplant surgery is common and is caused by a stress-related condition called Telogen Effluvium (TE). The trauma caused to the scalp during the hair restoration procedure can cause Telogen Effluvium to develop although it is not generally noticeable until around three months after surgery. This is because TE is linked to the hair growth cycle and causes hair follicles to prematurely enter their resting phase. This causes hair fall, uneven growth and temporarily shuts down hair production which then resumes around three months later.

It is possible to seek hair loss treatment for Telogen Effluvium to spur on regrowth and minoxidil may produce promising results for this condition.

Hair Loss Success Story from treatments rather than surgery

Belgravia patient Jose experienced amazing regrowth from the use of NON-SURGICAL male hair loss treatments

The other type of hair loss that men can experience following a hair transplant is the hereditary condition, androgenic alopecia.

The reason this type of shedding can occur is because you are already genetically predisposed to hair loss and, whilst one area has been dealt with by the transplant, the rest of the hair remains susceptible to male pattern baldness.

Following a hair transplant, although the newly embedded hair may grow normally, any areas still susceptible to male pattern hair loss (the top of the head from crown to hairline including the temples) around the transplanted hairs will still be susceptible to shedding. In some cases, this can leave you with unnatural looking patches of hair loss around the transplanted area.

It is generally recommended that any men who decide to undergo a hair transplant should always try a six month course of pharmaceutical hair loss treatments (Propecia and minoxidil) prior to surgery. This is to strengthen the hair and to prevent any further hair loss although you may find that following an established hair loss treatment plan may produce promising results – like Belgravia male hair loss client, Jose, pictured left – negating the need for a transplant after all. However, if you do decide to go ahead with the surgery, continuing treatments for male hair loss post-surgery is a must.


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7 Comments

4th May, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Naima

Hi, I've done hair transplant five month ago and I notice that my hair loss became even worse befor surgery ,is that normal ? Plz help me because I became very depressed every time I see my hair while I'm brushing or in the shower Thank you

5th May, 2017 at 8:48 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Naima, it depends whether you had recently started using minoxidil before your surgery or not. As you are not a client, the best thing to do is to speak to your transplant surgeon. If you would like a second opinion after this we would need to assess you via a consultation which could be done in person at one of our Central London hair loss clinics or online. I hope this is helpful.

1st June, 2017 at 10:15 pm

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5th January, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Nitin mahalle

Hi...i had done hair transpland 13 months ago...the results was so good till last month but suddenly as winter starts my hair falls rapidly n density of hair on scalp getting thiner ...please tell me is this normel or seriouus.. Please sugest remedy to prevent n regrow hir

5th January, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nitin, we would need to assess your scalp in order to provide a thorough answer to your query - your transplant surgeon should also be able to help - but it may help you to know that seasonal hair loss is normal. Without seeing your scalp we cannot tell you whether your hair still needs time following surgery - hair fall is common after a hair transplant - or whether the hair loss is due to another condition. We hope you were made aware by your surgical team that following a hair transplant it is advisable to follow an on-going course of male hair loss treatment in order to prevent the hair from thinning around the grafted areas. The original, non-replaced hairs will still be subject to the effects of male pattern baldness and so are likely to thin and shed accordingly unless there is intervention to prevent baldness. If you would like a personal assessment and treatment advice, please arrange a consultation at one of Belgravia's London hair loss clinics or if you are based elsewhere in the UK or abroad, our online consultation form may be more convenient.

25th February, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Steve

How long after hair transplant surgery/procedure do you get the laser treatment for? Should it be the whole year from the date of the procedure to the date that would be 365 days (a year later).

26th February, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Steve, we're unsure what you mean by laser treatment - are you referring to using LLLT hair growth boosters, such as the LaserComb or LaserBand devices? If so, you can begin to use those as directed following the initial scalp healing. If you are at all unsure, we recommend speaking to a hair loss specialist directly for personalised advice. They will be able to give you more specific assistance after finding out more about your exact situation, medical profile etc.

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