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Can stress affect my hair transplant?

By Alex

Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons, there are many different causes and factors in hair loss, it is a well-known fact that stress can cause hair loss. Today we’re taking a look at how stress can cause hair loss and if it will affect your hair transplant.

How does stress cause hair loss?

There are many different causes of hair loss and stress is one of the most common causes. Being under an excessive amount of stress for a long period of time (such as a death in the family, starting a new job and even physical stress to the body) can lead to hair loss.

When your body experiences stress it can cause abnormalities within the hair cycle which in turn can cause the hair to shed, this type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. The abnormalities stress causes can push your hair follicles into the resting phase, which causes the hair to stop growing. These hairs can then lie dormant for around three months before they begin to shed.

If you notice your hair thinning or excess hair fall a few months after a stressful even it could be related to the stress. The good news is, stress related hair loss is not permanent. Once your body is no longer stressed the hair growth cycle will resume its natural course and your hair will begin to grow back as normal.

How does a hair transplant work?

During an FUE hair transplant one of our highly skilled doctors will extract hair follicles from the back and side of the scalp, using a specialist extraction instrument. These hair follicles are then prepared under a microscope and transferred to the recipient area on your scalp at an angle and density to mimic your natural hair growth, resulting in a natural and realistic looking hair transplant.

Can stress cause me to lose my transplanted hair?

During an FUE hair transplant, hair follicles are transplanted from one area of the scalp to a different area of the scalp. Although these hair follicles are transplanted they will still act the same and have the same properties as before they were transplanted.

With this in mind, your hair will still act in the same way as it did before the transplant, and this does mean stress can still trigger hair loss in hair that has been transplanted. This means you could experience hair loss due to stress even on the transplanted hair. It is important to remember your transplanted hair will act as it did before, following the same growth cycle, and stress related hair loss will resume the normal growth phase and it isn’t always something you need to worry about.

If you would like any information on hair loss or our hair transplant procedures, contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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