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Hair falling after hair transplant operation

By Prof. Dr. Soner Tatlidede 2019-07-29

Transplanted hair falling out after a transplant operation with FUE in Turkey is something that usually scares many patients, who may think that there has been some kind of problem with their surgery or that the transplantation hasn´t gone well; however, we should keep in mind that after a hair transplant hair falls out in most of the patients, but this is a completely normal process and there is nothing to worry about. Do you want to learn more? Let´s keep reading.

Why does hair fall out?

During human lifetime, our hair goes through a cycle which consists of three phases: Growth phase, Transition phase and -the last one- the Resting phase. All these three phases happen at the same time. For example, some hair group will be in the growth phase whereas other hair group will be in the falling phase.

  • Growth phase – (Anagen): This stage may continue from 2 to 6 years, and it varies from one person to another.
  • Transition phase – (Catagen): This stage is known as transitionally period, and it lasts for 2-3 weeks.
  • Resting phase – (Telogen): Its main characteristic is that most of the hair falling will happen in this stage, and it may be continue for around 100 days. During this time, 50-100% of the hair will fall out.

Does hair fall out after a hair transplant?

After a FUE hair transplant, hair may fall out in many patients. Furthermore, a lot of people does not know that this falling is just a normal situation. Also it is important to notice and know that hair falling is a method our body use in order to express the shock that happened during the transplant procedure.

All through the operation, tiny holes are created in order to place the grafts. As a result of this step, the scalp and the hair that exists in this area will suffer from a shock; so as a reaction to this shock, some of the natural and transplanted hair may fall: this phenomenon is known as shock loss.  

Does transplanted hair always fall out? No, some patients don´t suffer this problem. But do not worry if you keep noticing hair falling in any place of the head scalp during the first 1-5 weeks after the hair transplant procedure. Transplanted hair falling out is something very common, and the most important thing is to know that this is just temporary: in a short time, new hair will grow again.

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