Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office if you need additional information.
When it does occur, most cases of shock loss are temporary and will resolve on their own within a few months, allowing patients to enjoy the results of their procedure with no additional worries.
There are several factors that can lead to shock loss during hair transplant surgery. The most common cause of this condition is transection of the natural hair during transplantation. Other causes may include
While most cases of shock loss are temporary, permanent shock loss is possible, although it is considered rare. For most patients, shock loss will resolve itself within a few months. The risk of shock loss can be minimized by using smaller incisions that cause less trauma to the scalp, and by using conservative placement and avoiding dense packing of transplants near existing hairs. Patients can also take finasteride to reduce the risk of shock loss during hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Bishara will discuss the risks of shock loss with you prior to your surgery so that you are aware of the potential outcomes of your procedure.
The standard ratio of hair counts during the FUT procedure is usually:
- One Hair Units – 20%
- Two Hair Units – 50%
- Three Hair Units – 25%
- Four Hair Units – 5%
Dr. Bishara will work with each patient to develop an ideal treatment plan to maximize your results.
Your hair’s color, texture, density, thickness, styling options and more all contribute to the techniques and results associated with your procedure. Patients with fine, thin hair often require more grafts than those with thick, coarse hair.
Because of each patient’s individual hair characteristics, it is important to not compare results directly with others, as your results are based on a unique combination of factors, including your amount of hair loss, scalp laxity, skull size and more, in addition to your hair characteristics. Dr. Bishara will work with you to determine the best treatment approach specifically for you.
Perhaps the most defining factor in determining incision size is the size of the graft. Larger grafts (containing three or four hairs) require a larger incision than smaller ones. The characteristics of the hair, including density, texture and coarseness are also considered when determining the ideal incision size.
A larger incision often increases the risk of scalp trauma during surgery, and also eliminates the ability for dense packing of the donor follicles. The ideal technique for FUT surgery involves using a custom blade so that incision size can be fully customized for each individual patient. This helps ensure the most effective results while also reducing the risk of complications.
When the recipient area is located around an area with an abundant supply of natural hair, shaving is suggested to ensure that the donor hairs are placed in the correct area with a much lowered risk of complications. Many patients worry about what their scalp will look like while waiting for results to develop. If the recipient area is shaved, it can be easily covered with a hat after surgery.
Dr. Bishara will offer you his recommendations on whether or not to shave the recipient area before your hair transplant surgery. Since each patient’s case is different, it is best to listen to your doctor’s recommendations rather than compare your situation to those of other patients.