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Shock Loss - To the Dr\'s


#1

Good evening,

Some time ago, I sent photographs to a hair transplant doctor for an online consultation. I guess you can say that I am fortunate at this point because I still have some hair but am severely diffuse thinning and my hairline has receded by about an inch. The doctor had informed me that any surgery that I would have now would lead to shock loss and I would inevitably yield about what I currently have. Now, I have been told this on a couple of other occasions from other doctors as well. Here is my confusion and question about this. If shock loss is in fact such an issue, then how can some people go for 2 or 3 surgeries a year or 2 apart to improve density? If shock loss is an issue with someone who has diffuse thinning and the doctor believes that any new transplanted hair will kill the surrounding, then how can it not be for a second or third surgery to improve density?

Thank you.


#2

» Good evening,
»
» Some time ago, I sent photographs to a hair transplant doctor for an
» online consultation. I guess you can say that I am fortunate at this point
» because I still have some hair but am severely diffuse thinning and my
» hairline has receded by about an inch. The doctor had informed me that any
» surgery that I would have now would lead to shock loss and I would
» inevitably yield about what I currently have. Now, I have been told this
» on a couple of other occasions from other doctors as well. Here is my
» confusion and question about this. If shock loss is in fact such an issue,
» then how can some people go for 2 or 3 surgeries a year or 2 apart to
» improve density? If shock loss is an issue with someone who has diffuse
» thinning and the doctor believes that any new transplanted hair will kill
» the surrounding, then how can it not be for a second or third surgery to
» improve density?
»
» Thank you.

The name of the doctors who told you this?


#3

While I definitely think that you will probably lose SOME of your native hair due to transection, etc… I think in the hands of a skilled doctor, it should be at a minimum. I had a transplant just over 4 months ago into areas that already had existing hair, and while I definitely had some shockloss, I think for the most part it has all grown back now.


#4

» Good evening,
»
» Some time ago, I sent photographs to a hair transplant doctor for an
» online consultation. I guess you can say that I am fortunate at this point
» because I still have some hair but am severely diffuse thinning and my
» hairline has receded by about an inch. The doctor had informed me that any
» surgery that I would have now would lead to shock loss and I would
» inevitably yield about what I currently have. Now, I have been told this
» on a couple of other occasions from other doctors as well. Here is my
» confusion and question about this. If shock loss is in fact such an issue,
» then how can some people go for 2 or 3 surgeries a year or 2 apart to
» improve density? If shock loss is an issue with someone who has diffuse
» thinning and the doctor believes that any new transplanted hair will kill
» the surrounding, then how can it not be for a second or third surgery to
» improve density?
»
» Thank you.

You probably still have a good amount of your own hair, hence the warning from doctors that shock loss might be a possibility. Can you upload your pictures? Perhaps some of the forum veterans can give you some feedback on this topic.

I had shock loss when I had my first procedure. It was horrible. I gained some and I lost some. In the end it was a big zero, plus thousands of dollars down the drain.

There is no scientific evidence on this. But in general, it appears that smaller sessions are less likely to cause shock loss.

Choose your doctor wisely. Go with someone who has a consistent track record over many years.