What is Shock Shedding After Hair Transplant?

What is Shock Shedding After Hair Transplant?

Shock shedding after hair transplant is generally an expected situation, most hair transplant patients experience shock shedding. So what is shock shedding?

In the FUE method, which is one of the most used hair transplant procedures, hair follicles taken from the donor area are placed one by one in the area to be the recipient area. An attempt is made to the scalp while the hair follicles are taken or placed. These attempts also create a little trauma. Hair follicles are fed by capillaries, when the hair follicle is removed from there, it creates a trauma in the capillaries. In short, removing the hair follicles from the environment in which they are in, shocks them. The traumatized hair follicle involuntarily protects itself. Hair follicles remain alive in the area where hair transplantation is performed, but the remaining hair inside the upper part falls out. This is called shock shedding.

How does shock shedding happen?

In people who experience shock shedding, if there is a genetic hair loss before, this also affects the shock shedding ​situation. After hair transplant, weak and powerless hair may fall out due to genetic hair loss. So, how does shock shedding happen?

Hair loss after hair transplantation can be seen in two ways as follows.

  1. Hair loss in the donor area
  2. Hair loss in the transplanted area

1-Hair loss in the donor area

Shock shedding in the donor area is an unexpected situation. Because the hair follicles taken from the donor area are shocked and shed in the transplanted area. If shock shedding is experienced in the donor area, this is because too many hair follicles are removed from that area. In addition, the wide end of the punches used can also trigger this situation. Shock shedding in the donor area is more common in the FUE method. However, it cannot be said that it is seen very often in the FUT method.

2-Hair loss in the transplanted area

Shock shedding in the transplanted area is an expected situation. The transplanted hair grafts are attached to the living skin, but the upper part of the hair falls out. Because the transplanted hair follicle cannot get used to the new environment immediately and reacts to it. This is called shock shedding in the transplanted area.

How Many Days After Hair Transplantation Does Shock Shedding Occur?

After about 10 days of hair transplant, the scabs formed are completely shed. After that, all the hair is visible. Most people think that all of the transplanted hair will remain. However, shock shedding starts about 15 days after hair transplant. Hair loss accelerates from the 25th day to the 30th day.

When does shock shedding stop?

Shock shedding stops in about 2 months. However, the shedding rate is not the same for everyone. The shedding rate also varies from person to person. In addition, the clinic where the hair transplant is done is also important. For this, In Estevitalya Hair Transplantation Center, you can contact us and ask about this issue in depth.

Does Hair Loss Grow Back After Shock Shedding?

After the shock shedding ends in about 2 months, it changes depending on the shedding rate. Lost hair will start to grow in about 4 months. However, since this situation will vary from person to person, it is more important to consult a doctor.

What are the Factors that Affect Shock Shedding?


Shock shedding is more common in hair transplants performed at young ages. This is due to hormones. Shock shedding is not experienced too much in older aged patients.

2-Frequent Hair Transplant

When hair transplantation is performed at very frequent intervals, it causes more trauma to the capillaries. Due to this trauma in the capillaries, the nutrition of the hair follicles decreases. This increases shock shedding.

3- Wide Recipient Area Creation

If the recipient area created in the scalp is too wide, it affects the hair negatively. Wide creating recipient area cause more trauma to the capillaries. This causes the hair follicles to be less feed. Thus, shock shedding increases.

Is Shock Shedding A Cause For Concern?

Shock shedding is not a cause for concern as it is experienced by almost all individuals who have had a hair transplant. It is a very natural process. Of course, one of the things that affect this process is that hair transplant is done professionally. For a professional hair transplant and to get rid of your worries, you can contact AntalyaHair Hair Transplantation Center and get all the information.

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