Hair shedding after a hair transplant is considered as a normal phenomenon because it is the transition phase between the loss and growth and not a matter to get worried off. The shedding of hair, which is quite common as a part of the hair cycle and the normal shedding can be experienced between 50-90 hair-strands, should not take as serious concern anymore. The hair shedding is experienced daily and a common until the loss of hair strands under the certain number or the shedding just after a hair transplant surgery. But, if the shedding crosses the regular number means the number of strands more than 100 strands, is now a matter of serious concern and you should visit the Dermatologist or a good hair Surgeon.
The hair transplant is the only permanent solution to the genetic hair loss that gives the permanent hair back from the patient’s own body and hence free from any kind of side effects. The hair transplant cost is always being a topmost concern in the field of plastic & cosmetic surgery and the cost of the procedure in India is just one-fourth of the cost applicable in the other Western nation like USA, UK, Europe and UAE.
It is very important to make a clear difference between normal hair shedding and hair shedding after a hair transplant. However, we are giving a descriptive detail on both types of hair shedding in order to clear our concept for the hair loss and the procedure of hair transplantation as well.
Shedding of Normal Hair:
Hair grows through a cycle known as the hair growth cycle segmented into 3 categories, namely, the Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen phase, respectively. The Anagen is a growing phase that describes the activity of hair follicles that lasts for 2-6 years. The catagen is a transitional phase that lasts for 2-3 weeks. And, the Telogen phase is known as the resting phase is where most shedding occurs. This phase lasts for about 100 days and hair shedding occurs with the number of 50-100 hair-strands. About 6-8% of all hairs can be in the telogen stage and characterized by the hair shedding phenomenon.
Post-procedure Shedding of Transplanted Hair Grafts and Existing Hair:
The hair shedding after the hair transplantation is a normal phenomenon as it is a transitional phase between the growth and loss and stimulates the further growth via the shedding first and then regrows the permanent hair latter. The post-operative shedding is a part of hair growth cycle and considered as an essential process to induce the hair growth effectively. The hair transplant patient often reports the problem of hair shedding just after the procedure, but it is not the thing to which we should worry about. It is a very common phenomenon as the body responses to certain trauma. It is a biological way of responding something that our body adapts to make a balance after the hair restoration surgery. This shock loss or shedding of hair causes native hair to shed temporarily. The hair shedding after the hair transplantation is an effect of trauma, the hair papilla remains and so hair does grow back.
The procedure of hair transplant involves the movement of donor area’s hair from their own origin to the place where hair loss experienced. This process is done between the two locations in which one contains the genetically resistant hair roots termed as the safest donor area usually the back and sides of the scalp, whereas the other location is the recipient zone that got affected by the loss as they are sensitive to Testosterone hormone. But, the considering aspect of the procedure is what the area affected by the loss retains the original character of donor hair and become resistant too. So, it is a success of the procedure that transplanted hair retains their original characteristic of resistivity even after the transplantation and meets the cosmetic goal of the procedure. Firstly, the newly transplanted hair shed off as an effect of trauma or altering in the scalp hair position that is corrected shortly is because the hair papilla remains persisted that accelerate the hair growth and hair follicles do grow back. This conditional loss of hair after the surgical procedure is termed as the shock loss and scientifically known as “effluvium”.
Summarizing all, we can say that temporary shedding of hair is normal in both the pre- and post-operative state and are corrected spontaneously. The shedding after the procedure occurs due to the body responds to certain trauma and considered as a part of the post-operative biological process of hair regrowth.