It is 6 weeks after surgery but not my picture. I am in a similar place to this man and very concerned that too many extractions have been taken. I am hearing that shock loss usually grows back but for others, it may not which is worrying. What are my options to help the area recover?
I agree it would be good to know the graft numbers and see a pre op pic. What can be seen of the untouched donor area appears ok though, so I'd assume his donor availability was ok. It does look like both over harvesting and shock loss to me, hopefully he recovers as time goes on
You have shock loss and is usually the result of a reaction to Epinephrine injections. With FUE you can have a fair few and especially if you are susceptible to pain and they limit pain and bleeding. In the limiting of bleeding you can then have shock loss and i've seen bad cases of it grow back. As Brian said Minoxidil can help on the donor. See your clinic for their recommendations as to when to apply so that you do all things under their guidance but usually for the donor you can apply very soon after surgery.
Yes very common. The more pain sensitive one is the more injections are probably administered and for some it can cause shock loss. Also the dosage and how prepared plays a part. Some will inevitably have loss but it for the donor should grow back okay.
I would be inclined to get specific advice from the performing clinic, just to be sure the patient does everything in accordance with their instructions. Some will apply a concealer for the early months but must wash off at night to allow the skin to breathe well but as said, best to see what the clinic says. Minoxidil can cause shock for some as it initially works but is usually well tolerated and can assist in faster regrowth. MSM also speeds up hair growth as does FAST shampoo. So the patient also can grow hair longer to also camouflage the issues. Take care.
At six weeks,, it's anyone's guess what the issue is. My gut tells me it is both overharvesting and post-surgical donor shock. To what degree for both issues is unknown so you'll have to wait it out for up to six months to see how it recovers.
As SL said, MSM does not have new hair grow, only existing growing hair to grow faster. It will also make your nails grow faster as well.
I tend to agree with Joe. It is likely a combination of overharvesting and shock loss. At 6 weeks after treatment, the donor looks very reddish compared to our experience. There may also be some kind of infection.