Mon 27 Jul 2015
I was just curious to hear from a hair restoration physician on what their theory is on why a small number of people won’t ever shed the newly transplanted hairs. I figured it has to do with genetics and the way the hairs were handled after cut.
An ideal hair transplant procedure involves relocation of follicular unit grafts from the donor area to the recipient area with minimal trauma, in the shortest time possible, while stored in an optimal storage solution while the grafts are out of the body. These are 3 variables to the technique. The 4th variable is the patient’s age and general health.
Due to so many variables at work, it cannot be predicted which patient will shed and which will not. Even the same clinic will not be able to produce non-shedders consistently.
In my practice I have clinically experienced that the average amount of hair shed after the procedure is 65%.
1% of patients do not shed hair at all.
Honestly, there is no scientific basis on why one patient will shed and another will not.