Have you ever had or known in your experience of a man having a hair transplant and everything was going wonderful for the first six or seven months and then a traumatic event reversing things? My age is 62 and I was doing well until I started having severe stomach pain at about 6 months after the procedure.
I guess I passed out and was taken to the hospital unconscious. I had to have a transfusion of a small amount of blood. I had a stomach aneurism and almost died. I had to have some metal clips placed in my stomach so I had to have general anesthetic. Could this event have caused me to lose a lot of my transplanted hair? I seem to be losing more all the time.
I’ve been taking iron pills because I’ve been told that I’m anemic. Is it possible that the implanted hair could be coming out due to this incident? If that is true do you think my transplanted hair will ever grow back again once I regain my full health again? I have asked my surgeon these questions but feel like I’m gettin the “run around”. My surgeon has recommended that i start taking propecia or rogaine. I did take propecia for at least a couple months before my surgery and about 5 months afterwards. I did have some sexual side effects with the drug so was told that I had taken it long enough.
It has been 10 months since my surgery and I am feeling like I went through all this and may not end up with all the hair I had after about 5 months after the HT. Could you give me your thoughts and feelings on my story because I read your column frequently and I do respect your opinion. I would be willing to have another HT if you think that would be the answer to this mess. I had 2400 implants the first time. Thanks for your opinion.
It sounds like you are lucky to be alive. We do know that stress can cause hair loss and I guess it could delay the growth of your new hair for 10-12 months, so all may not be lost.
Most people who lose hair after a traumatic event, will lose their non-transplanted native hair, but I have heard and have seen some patients lose their transplanted hair some 3-5 years after the transplant was done. We say that transplanted hair is permanent, but that is a general rule… and all rules can be broken.
Your hair growth is clearly delayed, so I would wait out another few months and see if the Rogaine helps. I am assuming that your transplant doctor knows what we/she is doing and generally gets good responses from the transplants he/she performs.