Shedding After an FUE Hair Transplant

FUE Hair Transplant

If you have recently had or are thinking about having an FUE hair transplant, you may be concerned about the possibility of your hair shedding. Many patients who undergo an FUE hair transplant may worry about shedding after an FUE hair transplant. Below are some of the side effects of having an FUE hair transplant and whether hair shedding may be something that you need to be concerned about.

In an FUE hair transplant, hair follicles from areas of the scalp that still contain healthy hair (donor area) are transplanted to other areas where the hair has been lost or is thinning (recipient area).

This process involves transplanting anywhere between 500 to 2,000 grafts containing these hair follicles to the new recipient area of the scalp, so an extensive number of hair follicles are being moved around.

This entire process takes between 8 and 12 hours, depending on how many hair follicles are being transplanted.


The FUE Hair Transplant Process

Once the FUE hair transplant has been completed, your scalp will most likely feel tender, so this is the first side effect that a patient can expect. In addition to that, a patient can expect to lose the transplanted hairs 2 to 4 weeks post-procedure. Some additional shedding may also occur in these areas.

The good news is that this is expected and is a part of the process. Brand new hairs will start to grow as soon as 3 months post-procedure. Some hairs will take longer to start growing. It takes a full year for all of the hairs to grow, with the majority of new hairs growing between 6 and 9 months.

It is common for hair to shed. The most important thing for patients to be aware of is that this is a totally normal part of this procedure and is expected. The hair loss is only temporary, and brand new hairs will start to grow back within the first 3 to 6 months. The most common reason for this shedding is that the trauma to the scalp during the FUE hair transplant can cause the follicles to go into the dormant, or shedding, stage and basically “reboot” to start growing new hairs.

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What Can be Done to Stop It

One possible way to minimize the shedding in some patients is to include a PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) treatment with the FUE hair transplant procedure. Finasteride or minoxidil are also known to be effective treatments to reduce the risk of shedding and/or shock loss.

All of these possibilities are taken into consideration before your FUE hair transplant with the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic. We always advise our patients to include at least 1 of the 3 options in their hair restoration plan. We have found that PRP treatments seem to be the most effective with our patients to reduce shedding after an FUE hair transplant.

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