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Transplanted Hair Falling Out After 1 or 2 Years: What to Do?

You’ve had your hair transplant and the surgery went perfectly. Time has progressed and your hair has grown fantastically. However, you start to notice your hair falling out and it’s causing real concern, what do you do?

This can be a real scenario and you can find transplanted hair falling out after 2 years. It’s incredibly uncommon and hair transplants do have a high success rate of 95%+. However, it’s important to be aware of what happens in that 5% chance and why you may experience hair loss after a transplant – I discuss this in the below article.

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Can Transplanted Hair Fall Out After 1 or 2 Years?

Yes. We cannot pretend otherwise. Like any medical procedure, hair transplants do not have a 100% success rate. In some instances, you may find transplanted hair falling out after 2 years. As you will see below, this is due to a range of reasons but the great news is, is that this is rare due to the high success rate of these surgeries, and in most instances it is treatable.

Is it Normal to Lose Hair 1 Year After a Hair Transplant?

It’s not NORMAL, but it CAN happen. There is a clear distinction here. Surgeries like FUE and DHI have an excellent success rate of 95%+ and in most cases, patients have their hair transplant and experience no issues afterward.

To that extent, it’s certainly not normal to lose hair 1 year after hair transplant. You only have to look at before and after hair transplant images to see the fantastic results. However, you have to be aware of the possibility that it can happen and what to do if it does.

Possible Reasons for Hair Falling Out in the First 2 Years After a Transplant

So, we know that it is possible for hair to fall out 1 year after a hair transplant or 2 years, but why does this happen? There are several common reasons including shock loss, your hair loss condition, stress, and hair health.

Initial Shock-Loss

There is an initial process known as shock loss that can occur after hair transplants. This is uncommon but it happens if the transplanted hair reacts badly to the scalp and tissue trauma. If your transplanted hair is not getting enough blood flow then it can fall out.

This can be prevented with additional medications like Finasteride which are often prescribed as part of your after-care plan post-surgery.

Progressive Hair Loss

The most common cause of transplanted hair falling out after 2 years is that your hair loss condition is ongoing and hasn’t stopped. Hair transplants can only move the hair you have and if that hair is still subject to hair loss then it may fall out.

This is why it’s important to assess your hair loss condition properly so you know the chance that your transplanted hair could still fall out.


Did you know that a “healthy” person loses on average 50-100 hairs daily? However, if you are under severe pressure and are highly stressed, a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium can occur which is basically hair loss due to stress.

This condition can occur in both transplanted and non-transplanted hair so it’s in your best interest to try and reduce your stress levels.

Your Hair is Damaged

It’s entirely possible that you have simply damaged your hair too. Your transplanted hair isn’t some type of super hair that can’t be snapped or become brittle – it is subject to the exact same potential issues your non-transplanted hair is.

As a result, things like bleaching, heat styling, and dyeing can potentially damage your transplanted hair and this can look like hair loss when it’s actually not.

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How to Avoid Transplanted Hair Falling Out After 1 Year?

It is possible to maintain the quality of your hair and reduce the chance of your hair transplant falling out after 1 year and ways to do this include:

Look after your hair

The simplest thing to do is to look after your hair! This is true whether you have a hair transplant or not. Things like repeatedly dyeing or bleaching your hair will damage it and can cause it to fall out. Therefore, use common sense! Wash your hair regularly, and refrain from using damaging products on it.

Reduce your stress

As mentioned above, stress can cause temporary hair loss. It stands to reason that reducing your stress can only help prevent hair loss! I get that depending on your work or lifestyle this can be difficult, but it’s important to look at the things that are causing you stress and seeing if you can reduce them. It’s not only great for your hair health, but you will feel better too!

Also Read: Can You Transplant Hair From Another Person?

Follow the post-surgery plan

The best hair transplant surgeons will provide a post-surgery plan that you must follow. This includes things like when to start shampooing, and also the potential of medication like Finasteride. To keep your hair healthy and reduce the chance of falling out, take this aftercare seriously!

Dr. Resul YAMAN

Dr. Resul Yaman is a highly experienced and renowned hair transplant surgeon. With over 13 years of expertise, he has transformed the lives of countless individuals through his innovative “modified low-speed micromotor” technique. Dr. Yaman’s commitment to using the latest methods and providing personalized care has established him as one of Turkey’s leading specialists. He specializes in hair transplantation, including eyebrow, mustache, and beard transplants. Dr. Yaman is dedicated to contributing to the hair transplant community, his work was featured in Hair Transplant Network, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, Hair Restoration Social Network, and other renowned niche publications.


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