A gentleman had a transplant 2 months ago. Unfortunately, his normal hair is not growing and seems he has less hair than before. He wants to know if this is something he should worry.
A hair transplant is moving hairs from a person’s permanent zone located at the back of the head to the areas that are thinning or are need of hair. Initially, the transplanted hair follicles will take and then they go through a phase called shock loss. In addition, the trauma of having surgery to existing or native hairs in the adjacent area can also cause shock loss. Combining the two causes of shock loss would result to an area where there is no growth. This is the time that patients would often panic because they feel that that they are losing their grafts. Fortunately, shock loss is a normal phenomenon and is temporary. A strategy is to just wait for the hair growth cycles to synchronize and to start growth again in the course of several months to a year.
There are factors that are part of the long term viability of the transplant. It includes the actual take of the transplant that was transplanted. In a standard hair transplant, not all hairs will stay. One can get 5% loss or they can get only a few hairs. They can even lose almost 90% of the transplanted hairs.
When Dr. Amiya Prasad performs hair restoration surgery, he has developed a system called Hair Regeneration where he uses a wound healing material called extracellular matrix by ACell and combines it with platelet-rich plasma and vitamin D. With this, he has been successful in helping people have better growth rates with their hair transplants. It seems that this extracellular matrix wound healing technology accelerates the healing and reduces some of the initial shock loss or long-term loss based on the viability of the hair grafts. In addition, the hairs that are thinning will actually become thicker. He has had many patients from all over the world that had a transplant and learned about his Hair Regeneration and came to him to have the injection to help support their transplant. Usually they’ll do that within the first month after their transplant.
Wound healing is the key aspect of understanding what this gentleman is going through. So a normal process of wound healing does involve shedding of the transplanted hair and shedding of the existing hair. Also, Dr. Prasad says that he could try using some minoxidil and/or finasteride to help slow down the progression. However, this is something that he needs to discuss with the surgeon who performed the transplant.
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