I’m consulting with a couple of hair restoration physicians in coming days to discuss a possible small hair transplant to correct perm shock loss incurred a year ago. This was caused by a tiny 30 graft procedure 2-3 inches away at the front of my hairline! Apart from this my hair loss had been stable for 10+ years and this was caused by hair greed on my part.
Any thoughts on risk/reward & how many grafts I might need? It is just in the left temporal area, the right side is pretty good. It is nerve wracking given my past experiences with shock loss but doing nothing with just keep grating away at me.
Permanent shock loss is an unfortunate side effect of hair restoration surgery that may not have been performed correctly. However, this is not the common denominator for permanent shock loss in the recipient area as there may have been some hairs miniaturized, to a small or great degree, that were traumatized by the procedure and reacted severely enough that they did not return.
If you are seeing improvements lately then perhaps it has to do with your medication. Did you start taking medication in the past year or so? I assume you are referencing finasteride when you say medication and if I am correct in this assumption then I think it is wise to allow the medication more time to help. The improvements can be seen for up to two full years before the benefits plateau. If you started medication more than two years ago then it has likely reached it’s peak contribution and is in a maintanence capacity at this point. Shock in general does not take a year or more to return but it doesn’t mean this isn’t happening to you.
There are multiple possibilities that have affected your outcome but in the end it could simply be due to damage caused by your small procedure. It is not unheard of and is in fact more common than most realize.
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