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Serious Shock Loss After Fut Very Worried

Discussion in 'Hair Transplant FUT Before and After Photos' started by B Real, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. B Real

    B Real New Member My Regimen

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    Hi guys

    I am super worried because I seem to have been victim to the dreaded shock loss after having my first FUT surgery at the end of June.

    The hair on my crown used to be thin, which is why I got the surgery, but it wasnt at a stage yet where I had to consider shaving it off or anything. In fact you wouldnt be able to tell how bad it was unless you were looking at me form above, or there was a bright light on my head. With a bit of concealer spray you couldnt see it at all.

    I had 3,500 grafts. The surgeon (Dr Krishna from Ziering Medical) didnt even cut my hair so the idea was I would be able to hide the fact I had done it by wearing a hat for a bit and then eventually the new hairs would start coming in.

    I never thought it would be like this, that I have had a big hair loss which now has made it look like its all come out over night and it is completely obvious. I keep looking in the mirror in shock because Im staring back at a new person that I hate! I dont know what it is. Is it because I stopped taking minoxidil for 4 weeks? My notes given to me on post care by the surgery said dont use it for 2 weeks but I waited 4 weeks as I was going through a rough patch and wasnt looking after myself very well.

    Ive never used anything else for hair loss. Or is it shock loss caused by the surgery? Will this hair lost come back? I feel like I looked way better before the surgery and its accelerated everything. I spoke to my surgeon and he just fobbed me off saying everything was fine "dont worry" its fine. It was a quick call.

    I spoke to my consultant next who said it must be shock loss. No one there ever mentioned anything like this to me before I went ahead with it. I have an appointment with another surgeon at the same place next week, as mine is on holiday where I can ask questions and find out more.

    Just wondering what your experiences have been? Is this normal. What do I do?

    Ive uploading some pics I know their pretty terrible, the one in sunglasses is a month or 2 before the surgery. And theres ones before and after surgery. I dont think they capture it well but trust me Ive lost so much hair.

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  2. Pequod

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    3500 grafts is a lot to place in an area, so it appears it is shock loss. I had some shock loss too, and once the new grafts start to grow in, the shock loss will go away. In three months you should see the start of new growth, and the only thing you could do is go on finasteride to prevent any more loss.
     
  3. B Real

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    Thanks for your reply.

    When you say the shock loss will go away, do you mean that those hairs lost through shock loss will grow back? Or that the loss will stop.

    Im still losing hairs every day.
     
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    Pequod Established Member

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    The hairs will grow back, once the transplant starts to come in. In 5 months you should be back to normal, or possibly sooner. My transplant started to show growth in a little over 3 months.
     
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    Im always stayed away from taking propecia or finasteride because of the sexual side effects. I know a fried who had bad problems with it and I just don't want to risk it.

    I dont understand why im losing so much hair everyday. Minoxil is supposed to stop that but its not working. Ive never seen so much hair loss in my life. Theres so much hair loss in my sink, it just comes away every time I touch my hair. I dont know what is going on.

    I look so much worse than I did before the transplant. I have stopped going out and I wear a cap every day at work. I just assume everyone at work thinks I never take it off cos Ive got no hair.

    Im thinking of maybe getting a hair system to cover it up whilst the new transplants grow in. Does anyone know if this is possible?

    I didnt expect to have to do this. Just so deflated and stressed.
     
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    My understanding is there is definitely an “ugly duckling” stage with transplants. Where it gets worse before it gets better. So, hopefully this will pass and you’ll be on your way to improvement.

    I haven’t had a transplant but I’ve read up on them quite a bit - by and large “shock loss” is a bit of a scaremonger talking point. Seems like it’s rarely permanent.
     
  8. B Real

    B Real New Member My Regimen

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Its getting worse, Im still losing loads of hair every day. I look terrible, and even though Im taking minoxidil, hairs are still falling out.

    Dont know what to do.

    Does any one know if you can wear a hair system over your hair transplant.
     
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    real kombo Established Member My Regimen

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    Fighting hairloss without an anti androgen is pointless imo. Minoxidil by itself does not tackle the root cause, DHT.
     
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    In my completely honest opinion, you wasted your money paying for a hair transplant and minoxidil without being on an anti androgen. Minoxidil helps to regrow hair, but the follicle itself has to be healthy. Better late than never, you should really hop on finasteride.
     
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    Murkey Thumb Experienced Member My Regimen

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    You are going through the ugly duckling stage of a transplant so give it a couple of months. Even a low dose of finasteride would be a good idea for you to stop further loss in the next few years. Overall though if your balding you will have to have multiple surgeries to keep a steady look.
     
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    Heinrich Harrer Established Member My Regimen

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    Take supplements that aid in the support of the new rebuilt follicular situation in the scalp. Usually people don’t take the necessary supplements to support the creation of new blood vessels etc of the newly transplanted hair (dunno the English words), so there is shock loss. Although you will most likely recover fully anyways.
     

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