Have you just gotten your hair transplant or are you dreaming of getting one but are doubtful after hearing various stuff from your surroundings? No more worries because you’re currently in the right place. This article will clear all your doubts and will burst the rumors that you’ve been hearing for so long.
One of the foremost queries of patients is that do transplanted hairs fall out? The answer can be a No as well as Yes as there are different aspects of it. Let’s find out gradually. Sometimes hair do fall out after surgery for different causes. One is shock loss, which is the hair loss caused by the traumatic effects of surgery ie. Incisions, on follicles, leading them to a state of shock usually which lasts for 2-3 months and after that hair starts growing back normally. Another cause is graft rejection, in which patient’s grafts are rejected because of poor handling of grafts by surgeons or because characteristics of donor hair don’t match with the ones growing on the scalp. For instance, body hair like legs, chest, etc have about a 50% of rejection rate.
Does DHT affect transplanted hair?
Dihydrotestosterone is one of the major causes of Male Pattern Baldness. DHT generally doesn’t affect the hair on the back of the scalp therefore if follicles are taken from here, regardless of the area where they are implanted, they’ll retain the same characteristics as before. In some cases, patients suffering from androgenic alopecia or other hair diseases may face hair loss even after the surgery, and certain medications are prescribed to them to limit the shedding of hair.
Why does hair shed after transplant?
During hair transplantation, hairs are cut away, re-implanted and affect the surrounding hairs; these traumatic events cause the hair to move into the Telogen (resting) phase. Here begins the shedding of hair. This shedding of hair starts after 1-3 weeks of transplantation and is entirely normal. It can also be an indication that your surgery went well and new hair will start growing soon. However, one must not stop caring for his hair and should maintain a healthy lifestyle.
How long does shock loss last after a hair transplant?
Shock hair loss, a response to trauma that the scalp has received after the surgery is temporary and normal which starts after one to eight weeks of transplant surgery (either after Follicular Unit Transplantation FUT or Follicular Unit Extraction FUE) and lasts for about a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 months. Also, some people don’t get through this temporary hair shedding phase, and their transplant hair continues growing, which is a good sign and is also completely fine.
Can you go bald again after a hair transplant?
Balding is a heavy word however, some people face hair loss to some extent for various factors like:
· Improper handling of graft by an inexperienced surgeon
· Graft rejection
· Not taking care of the scalp post-surgery
In these cases, patients are advised to take some medications and consume a healthy diet to strengthen the hair. Besides this, Temporary shedding occurs for up to 12 weeks and once the patient heals with it, hair starts growing back and will continue to grow just like your natural hair.
Speaking of which, No, balding isn’t possible after getting a hair transplant surgery.
When can I touch transplanted hair?
The first 10 days post-transplant are considered critical and exceptional care should be maintained during these days.
You’re not supposed to touch your scalp for 2-3 days minimum after a hair transplant. On the fourth/fifth day, you can gently touch your hair and even wash your hair just by slightly dabbing your hands on your head without rubbing i.e. not being too harsh. This is because the grafts are not secure yet and take generally 14 days to get secure. Therefore after fifteen to twenty days, you are free to touch, rub and play with your hair.
Every person who is looking forward to a hair transplant or even someone who has just got one should know these few essential things. While getting a hair transplant, choosing a skilled, experienced, and well-trained surgeon is the most important as your surgery’s success rate relies on your surgeon’s ability to successfully perform the surgery. However, transplant surgery has a success rate of 80 to 90% so you don’t need to get uptight about this as long as you’re selecting the right doctor.