Hair Shedding “Effluvium”
What is Effluvium?
The medical term for the shedding of hair is Effluvium or Telogen Effluvium. It can be caused by factors such as childbirth, crash diets, thyroid conditions, drugs and anaemia.
The condition is usually temporary and is best treated by a qualified dermatologist.
Why can some hair fall out after a hair transplant?
About 3 weeks after surgery it is normal for patients to experience some shedding of the hair that has been transplanted. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about. The transplanted hair roots become temporarily dormant. This usually only affects the hair that has been transplanted. The new hair will usually start to appear 4-6 months after a transplant. The full effect of the transplant can be seen about 12 to 18 months post-surgery.
Shedding of hair that has not been transplanted is rare. It is more common in female patients than in male patients. This shedding is temporary and will resolve itself.
What can be done to avoid shedding following a hair transplant procedure?
The team at HRBR have years of experience in caring for patients following their hair transplant. In our experience the use of Minoxidil 5% foam, before and after surgery, can reduce the rate of shedding after the procedure.