Hi, Im 23 and i had a hair transplant almost 4 months ago. I’ve been on propecia for 3 + years with good results. I have an observation and a question for you regarding shock loss.
I’ve noticed that i’m losing a fair amount of native hairs in my recipient area, BUT, i’m really only losing these hairs after i workout really hard. For instance I went for a very intense run two months and right after i was finished i ran my hands through my hair and i noticed a mass amount of hair falling out from my recipient area. Do you think my workouts are contributing to the process of shock loss? If so how long will this last? ( how long can shock loss last?)
For starters, shock loss usually slows down between 3-5 months following your hair transplant. I really can’t fully address your concerns, because I haven’t had the opportunity to examine you before and after your surgery.
In our office, we offer the use of a device called HairCheck, which is a way of measuring hair bulk. We would’ve had measurements of before your surgery and if you really had shock loss after the surgery, we would actually be able to calculate how much hair you lost. This test could have been repeated monthly after noticing the problem. The first thing is to diagnose what is really happening.
Many men in your young age group are riskier patients for shock hair loss. Based upon your report, I can’t confirm your opinion without at least seeing you and all of your before photos. I would want to know what your patterned hair loss was like, where the recipient sites were placed (I hope that it was not placed in areas where you had significant amounts of native hair), and I would want to be able to predict the status of your miniaturization throughout the scalp. If you had significant miniaturization present and rapid hair loss present before your surgery, that would be an alert of an unusual risk for shock loss.