I had very bad shock loss with my recent hair restoration and I’m 3 days shy of being 3 months post op. While I’m noticing an increase in hair growth, my hair is still noticeably thinner than it was prior to my surgery. I’ve read a lot of posts where people have regained their shocked hair in 2 months. When is the normal time frame for shock loss to return? I’m referring to non-miniaturized, previously transplanted hairs that fell. Does shocked hair go into the same dormant phase as hair transplant follicles do?
Hair loss due to shock loss will start to return around month 3 to 4 and will continue over the next 8-10 months in a gradual fashion, in the same manner as the transplanted follicles. Some of the finer pre-existing hair may not recover from shock loss. Understanding this observation allows your surgeon to vary the appropriate graft placement density depending upon whether he or she thinks the pre-existing recipient hair will survive or not.
Dr. Timothy Carman
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