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Is shock loss more prevalent among men with less hair?

Question:

I’m about a 4 on the Norwood Scale and I’d like to know if, based on that, I’m more or less likely to suffer shock loss following a hair transplant procedure? Does shock loss occur more frequently in those with less or more hair loss, or is that not a factor at all?

Answer:

Shock loss is a natural phenomenon which occurs in transplanted areas to residual surrounding hairs. Typically, any follicles which are genetically programmed to continue growing for at least another 12 months will regrow, whereas follicles destined to stop growing with the next 12 months may not regrow. In patients who have very little remaining hair within the transplanted area, shock loss is not as noticeable as in the patient with more residual hair.

Thank you for your inquiry. Please call us at 480.500.7443 or send us an EMAIL if you have any further questions.

Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon

 

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