Chicago, IL | Causes and How To Minimize Shock Loss After Hair Restoration | Aesthetic Scalp

Shock loss is the loss of normal hair, whether it is from the donor site or recipient site. This type of loss can occur after either type of hair transplantation (FUE or or Strip). In this video, Dr. Shah discusses the causes of Shock Loss and how this can actually be minimized to get the best from a hair restoration procedure.


Dr. Shah: Dr. Anil Shah talking about shock loss. So shock losses is what happens when your natural normal hairs fall out during a hair transplantation, this can occur from several reasons. First of all, if the surgeon uses too much anesthesia, so if they've curved over too long of a period of time, the lidocane marking and and sometimes actually the epinephrin can actually prevent the hair from getting enough nourishment, this happens in the donor side area of the head. Other things that can cause shock loss include, you can damage the hairs when you're actually extracting them and when you're trying to remove each individual hair, you can actually be damaging the other hairs. Another factor that can contribute to this is actually when you place the hairs, you could actually damage the hairs in this area. You can actually transect it. So how do we avoid shock loss?

Dr. Shah: So first of all, from the anesthesia standpoint, you have to be quick enough to harvest the hairs and not try to do this over a long period of time. We're trying to do 8,000 grafts in one day. One of the issues is you could donor could experience shock loss. The 9X robot fue is great, and in the fact that it can harvest hairs between a thousand to 1500 grafts per hour, this minimizes their anesthesia time, makes patients more comfortable, etc. Other things you can do is increase the nourishment in your recipient debt. This includes adding growth factors, also adding Rogaine, and this ups nurtures hairs so that they're less likely to suffer from shock loss. Finally, when you're placing the hairs, the 9X robot actually has a special visualization techniques, where it can actually individually tell which hair and the direction of the hair, so you don't damage it when you're actually placing each individual hair, which makes your seed treatment safer. Hopefully that's helpful information for you and hopefully shock loss, although they're rare, less than 5% most of these patients do have their hair come back. About 99% of these patients have come back. It's just more of a traumatic thing for a patient to experience.