Can I Go Bald After a Hair Transplant? By Dr. Raymond Konior on August 26, 2021

A balding man's scalp and hairlineIf you’ve suddenly started to lose hair after hair transplant surgery, you may wonder why. Biological, genetic, and environmental factors may cause hair loss after a hair transplant. Thankfully, the issue is usually treatable.

In Chicago, IL, Dr. Raymond J. Konior of Chicago Hair Institute performs FUE (follicular unit extractions) hair transplantsto help hair regrow, without noticeable scarring and with minimal downtime. He can answer all of your questions about what to expect after hair transplant surgery, including possible hair loss. Let’s explore this topic in more detail below.

Is It Normal to Lose Hair After a Hair Transplant?

Yes. Temporary hair loss is common after you’ve undergone a hair transplant. This is a temporary (and pretty ironic, come to think of it) side effect of hair restoration treatment.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is normal for transplanted hair to fall out two to eight weeks after surgery, from shock. Hair usually looks thinner by the third month after transplant.

Once shock subsides, the grafted follicles begin to produce hair normally. As your transplanted hair continues to grow, your hair will appear thicker and healthier.

What About Pattern Baldness After Hair Transplant Surgery?

Generally, a patient cannot experience pattern baldness again after hair transplant surgery. This is due to the nature of the harvested hair follicles, which are unlikely to fall out since they are taken from the back and sides of the head.

However, it is possible for the transplanted hair to thin over time. Follicles do have a lifespan, and some patients may experience thinning of their transplanted hair or patchiness in parts of the scalp. This could be due to a surgical error when selecting the ideal donor site for hair followings, or human error on the part of the hair restoration surgeon. Additional hair transplant surgery may be needed to fill out the thin parts of the scalp.

How to Avoid Hair Loss After a Hair Transplant

There are a few ways to ensure you experience long-lasting results from your hair transplant.

Proper Timing of the Surgery

Sometimes patients experience hair thinning after their transplant because they underwent surgery too early. Hair may be harvested from a part of the scalp that was going to fall out. It’s crucial that patients understand how far their hairline will recede and the overall extent of their balding before they commit to surgery.

Picking the Right Hair Transplant Surgeon

Related to the previous point, balding after a hair transplant could be due to an inexperienced or poorly trained surgeon. A reputable surgeon may note your age, medical history, or other factors to determine the ideal timing for surgery and the right technique for your needs.

Be sure to do your research, and to consider a few promising surgeons in the Chicago area. When you make your final decision, make sure to pick a surgeon who is well-trained and whose judgement you can trust.

Follow Aftercare Instructions

After your hair transplant, you’ll want to do all you can to care for the transplanted follicles and your scalp. Follow all of the post-op instructions provided, and be sure to report any concerns to us as soon as any issues arise.

Schedule an Appointment for Hair Restoration

Are you experiencing baldness after hair transplant surgery? Dr. Konior can diagnose and treat your hair loss. To learn more about maintaining a full head of hair, call (630) 932-9690 or message us online to schedule an appointment. The Chicago Hair Institute is here to help.

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Dr. Raymond J. Konior, MD, FACS

Chicago Hair Institute

Dr. Raymond J. Konior and the team at the Chicago Hair Institute offer world-class treatment backed by over 30 years of expertise in the field of hair restoration. Our doctors are nationally affiliated with professional associations including:

  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Chicago, IL, hair restoration clinic, contact us online or call (630) 932-9690.

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