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Losing Hair After Surgery: The Facts


As if having an operation isn’t stressful enough in itself, many people have noticed that their hair begins to fall out in large quantities after around three months have passed.

Because many people undergoing major surgery aren’t warned about this side effect, and because of the time in between the surgery and the increased hair fall beginning, patients often struggle to understand why their hair loss has begun.

Why You Can Lose Your Hair After SurgeryA Sensitive System…

This type of hair loss is due to a condition called telogen effluvium.

It occurs when the body undergoes a major stress like an operation – whether elective, emergency or even cosmetic surgery, including a hair transplant! – and as a result, the hair growth system, which is extremely sensitive to changes going on elsewhere in your system, is temporarily shut down by the body.

This is because hair is not necessary for survival at a time when all resources within the body need to be concentrated on post-operation healing.

As a result of these bodily changes, existing hair prematurely enters the telogen, or resting stage of the growth cycle. Rather than shedding straight away, hair remains in this stage for around three months, at which point it sheds.

Usually, the shedding will be from all over the scalp, though it will not result in bald patches or complete baldness, rather an overall thinning of the hair. Hair should grow back within six months to a year after it sheds, but if it doesn’t, it may be that it needs a helping hand.

…But It’s Not Permanent

A hair loss treatment programme that includes a clinically proven hair loss medication gives you the best chance of regrowing healthy hair in the quickest possible time frame. Minoxidil, which is licensed by the MHRA (the UK’s medical regulatory body) and its US equivalent the FDA, is clinically proven for hair loss, and both its strength and its added ingredients can be altered to suit the individual patient.

If all or most of your hair has fallen out (leaving patches of baldness) in the period after an operation, alopecia areata, a different type of hair loss is probably the cause. This is an autoimmune disorder, and depending on its severity it can be treated medically.

High strength minoxidil has proven particularly effective in cases of alopecia areata treated at the Belgravia Centre, and a free consultation with a hair loss specialist can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment.

The Belgravia CentreThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

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