Postoperative shock loss is an unfortunate side effect of a hair transplant procedure and could occur in the recipient area, the areas surrounding the recipient area or even in the donor area. This is mostly a temporary condition where native hairs are “shocked” due to trauma of the scalp during hair transplantation surgery, creating an additional but mostly temporary hair loss condition. Shock loss occurs when the native hair is weak and isn’t strong enough to resist the surgical trauma that is going on around it. More often than not the hair that has gone into shock will grow back but after 3/4 months – after the resting phase. Shock loss can occur both in the recipient area, the areas surrounding the recipient area or even in the donor area a few weeks to a few months after having hair transplantation surgery. Postoperative shock loss of course does occur in women. In those that are having hair transplants, there is a risk of shock loss in women as well as men, but the hair seem to always return in women, not the case in men who have progressive hair loss with considerable miniaturized hairs.
If you suffer from postoperative shock loss, it is recommended to start using Rogaine foam as it could fasten the growing process. In the meantime, you could consider the use of hair fibres to camouflage the hair loss.