Can a Hair Transplant Accelerate Balding?
I’ve read a publication by Dr. Rassman on www.baldingblog.com that a Hair Transplant can accelerate the balding process. Is this true?
What Dr. Rassman is most likely talking about is permanent shock loss. Miniaturized hairs which is part of hereditary hair loss have a greater chance of being “shocked” and sent to early retirement. These native hairs will have inevitably retired anyway but hair restorationsurgery CAN expedite the process.
There are a few ways to minimize the risk of permanent shock loss in hair transplantation.
- Hair loss medication such as Propecia (finasteride) and/or Rogaine (minoxodil) used for at least 6 months to a year prior to hair transplant surgery, if working can strengthen the hairs enough so that they are more resilient to shock – and even if they are temporarily shocked, will grow back.
- With minimally invasive incisions using ultra refined follicular unit transplantation, there is less trauma to the scalp, therefore the risk of shock loss lessens.
- Transplanting hair grafts further apart between weaker native hairs instead of dense packing will also lessen the trauma to the scalp and therefore reduce the risk of sending miniaturized hairs into early retirement.
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