Please talk about shock loss to grafted hair as I lost a lot 10 days ago in my second operation. What can I expect generally in this situation?
Shock loss is the state of losing miniaturized hair as a result of stimulation from surgery or any other stress. It is most commonly seen after the first hair transplant in patients who have significant miniaturization in the area. Younger patients are more susceptible to this condition. Widespread use of finasteride has significantly minimized the occurrence of this condition within the last few years.
Grafted hair is considered permanent and is resistant to shock loss. If you lose any of your hair at all, it would be the native miniaturized hair in the recipient area, not the transplanted ones. In my 16 years of doing this, I saw transplanted hair lost due to shock loss about 5 times and each and every time the hair came back. This would not necessarily be the case if the hair was impacted and miniaturized, and that is why the risks are there for the first transplant, not the subsequent ones.