It’s been just over 8 weeks since you performed my 3000+ grafts hair transplant. I’m noticing some of the little guys are still falling out. There are no scabs, only small hairs that continue to tumble to their death into my bathroom sink. Am I not being aggresive enough when I shampoo, or do each of these little guys tumble to the ground on their own schedule?
I noticed a few grafts growing immediately from day 1, and these guys are actually pretty long already! Others, though, fell out early and are now pushing their way toward the light. I imagine the ones still shedding will subsequently start their growth later, and that’s probably why the 8-month total wait, huh?
You are on schedule for your hairs to be doing what they are doing. It is not unusual to lose grafted hair as the old transplanted hairs shed. Sometimes the stubble of the transplanted hairs stay around for a few months, then they sooner or later fall out to their “death” (not really an appropriate statement, as they have been dead since a week after the transplant). The hairs from the transplant that did not grow immediately and fell out, do not reflect the hair growth center cells which are alive and getting prepared to start their anagen cycle. FYI, at the end of the cycle, a hair “bud” situated at the base of the “rest” root (phase 2) develops and will push out the hair in the involution to become a new hair as it ‘grows up’.
At this stage of your recovery, I would not worry much about aggressive shampooing, just do what you generally do and that should be fine. You must wait out the 8 month period to see 80-90% of your growth.