Although a hair transplant procedure can restore hair volume, it’s not a permanent solution to hair loss. At some point, the treatment won’t stop hair from thinning or hairline from receding. That’s because the treatment will not stop hair shedding.
On average, we lose 50 to 100 hair strands every day. A hair transplant won’t exempt you from hair loss at all. At this point, you want to know if you are experiencing normal shedding or post-operative shedding of transplanted hair grafts.
Understanding the Hair Growth and Shedding Cycle
To understand how shedding occurs; you need to know the different stages of natural hair shedding. The hair goes through a cycle of growth and shedding during your lifetime. The cycle is made up of: anagen, catagen and telogen stages.
The anagen stage lasts about 2 to 6 years. At this time, the hair grows to about 1 centimeter every 28 days. The catagen stage is the transitional stage of the hair cycle, which lasts for 2 to 3 weeks. About 3% of hairs are in this phase. The telogen space, which lasts about 100 days, is where most shedding happen. It accounts for 6% to 8% of all hairs. At this point, you lose about 50 to 100 hair strands.
Cause of Cost-Operative Shedding of Transplanted Hair Grafts and Existing Hair
Any traumatic or stressful experience can cause hair to shed. That’s because hair shedding is a normal biological response to trauma.
The trauma of a hair transplant can affect the hair growth cycle, causing temporary shedding. To check if your hair grafts are shedding, observe hair fall between one to five weeks after the hair transplant procedure. Although shock can cause hair thinning, the volume will be restored months after the procedure.
How to Deal with Hair Shedding After a Hair Transplant
Take Prescription Medication
Your doctor is likely to provide prescription medication for hair thinning such as Minoxidil. This drug boosts hair growth while darkening finer hair strands. You should see results 4 to 6 months after taking this drug.
Minoxidil is sold under brand names Rogaine® and Regaine®. Of the two, Rogaine® can cause several side effects such as eye irritation as well as unwanted hair growth in other parts of the body. Your doctor may also recommend meds for alopecia such as Propecia®. This drug inhibits the production of DHT enzyme in the body. This enzyme is linked to hair loss.
Hair Tints and Camouflaging Products
Applying topical shading products are easy, practical ways to disguise thinning hair. These products are designed to cover up balding areas by volumizing the hair. Camouflaging products are made from ingredients that will thicken and lift the hair shafts up to give the illusion of thicker hair.
Choosing the Hair Transplant Timing
You can reduce the chances of hair thinning after a hair transplant procedure through great timing. Don’t get it done at the onset of hair loss or when the hair strands reach miniaturization. The end result is thinner looking hair. You want to wait until hair loss has been stabilized through a procedure like Hair Regeneration treatment.
Finally, choose a skilled and trusted surgeon to conduct the hair transplant. An experienced surgeon can determine the suitable number of grafts required for a