A quite often effect, very unpleasant for patients and which happens regardless of the method used, is hair loss in the transplanted area, which may happen 2 to 6 weeks after the operation.
This mainly affects the transplanted hair, but can also affect existing hair. In the course of the second or third week after a hair transplant, most of the transplanted hairs fall out. This effect happens to 98% of patients.
Such a hair loss is completely normal. Patients should know that only hair weakened by the transplant falls off. In contrast, hair roots remain in place, gathering strength and producing new hair after 3-6 months, evidencing the success of the hair transplant.
This also applies to non-transplanted hairs already existing in the area before transplantation. It does not apply though to weak hair follicles, which would no longer be able to produce new hair.