Is shedding after a Hair Transplant normal?Wed 31 Jan 2007
Hello, I recently got my first hair transplant about 3 – 31/2 weeks ago. Over the last 2 or 3 days I’ve noticed that a lot of my transplanted hairs through-out my hairline have fallen out. However, through-out the top of my head the hairs are still there. Is it normal for my transplanted hairs in my hairline to fall out and will they grow back? I mean, do I need to worry or is this normal? Thanks for your help.
Congratulations on your hair transplant. As a patient I know how exciting it is to go from being a thinning man to a thickening one. In the vast majority of patients the transplanted hairs will shed during the first few weeks leaving behind the transplanted hair follicles. These transplanted follicles will take root and begin growing hair 3 to 4 months or later after the surgery.
A small percentage of patients retain the transplanted hairs and they continue to grow without the transplanted follicles going through the typical 3 to 4 month waiting period. Your situation is perfectly normal. I expect that the transplanted hairs on top will also shed in the coming weeks. Then your head will pretty much look like it did before your hair transplant.
The hard part is waiting for your new hair to grow. It will begin to grow out thin but as the hair continues to grow the diameter of the new hairs will increase. After about one year what you see is what you get.
Best wishes for a bumper crop of hair by spring time and resolving your hair loss. Pat – Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our Hair Restoration Discussion Forum.