Understanding Shock Loss as a Side Effect of Hair Transplant
As they grow older, men are prone to baldness especially on the crown side of their heads. For this reason, hair transplantation, a natural solution, has been adopted to curb baldness. It is a surgical procedure that removes hair follicles from a donor site and transplants them permanently to the recipient site characterized by receding hair,usually the crown.
The donor site can be the back of the head or from the chest. One of the major side effects of hair transplant, is a shock loss. Shock loss refers to the loss of healthy hairs, either on the donor site or the recipient site. Shock loss can make baldness worse especially if the donor site is at the back of the head.
Shock loss can be temporary or permanent. Temporary shock loss is a normal side effect of hair transplant and hair grows back after few weeks of healing. Permanent shock loss occurs if parts of the hair follicle such as the bulb are damaged during hair transplantation. The bulb contains stem cells responsible for hair production, therefore damage to these cells, means permanent hair loss.
Factors that contribute to shock loss
During hair transplantation, the graft from the donor site is placed on the recipient site with existing thin hair. Placement of the graft in this site may cause trauma to the surrounding hairs leading to their fall out.
The graft may also shed some of its hairs. The transplantation process cuts off blood supply to the graft temporariry. Before the blood supply is restored to the graft after placing it to the recipient site, the graft sheds off hair. It is expected to grow back within six weeks after the procedure, therefore, categorizing this situation temporary.
To obtain grafts from the donor site, a part of the scalp from this area is removed, leaving behind a wound. Too much pressure during the closure of the wound causes disruption of blood flow this in this area. The immediate result to this area and the area surrounding the donor site is hair fall out. Hair grows back after the wound heals.
Hair transplantation involves procedures such as hair extraction. During extraction and transection of hair follicles, the bulb of some of the follicles may get damaged leading to permanent hair loss, as mentioned above.
Regulating Shock loss
Shock loss is almost unavoidable, though there are patients who don't experience it after hair transplants. To control this condition, physicians prescribe medication to reduce hair loss before the surgical procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon performs the operation with sufficient grafts so that shock loss occurs minimally to the recipient site. Medical prescription and sufficient grafts cannot solve the problem of shock loss alone.
Skill is needed during the extraction of these grafts to minimize the damage caused to the bulb of the hair follicle. Therefore, hair transplantation, should only be done by an experienced hair restoration surgeon.
They are licensed and fully skilled. Ask referrals from friends and relatives while choosing a surgeon for your hair transplant. Read reviews from the social networks where people give their first-hand experience with certain doctors. Many positive reviews should give you a clue that the surgeon is good at what he or she does. Avoid hair restoration surgeons with many negative reviews.