shock loss can occur in some indivduals following hair restoration surgery. it will affect only the areas that are worked in. it will not affect adjacent areas if they do not recveive hair transplants or have hair removed from them.
shock loss will begin about 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and will resolve rapidly after 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. if you continue to loose hair after the 4th week following your procedure, you are loosing you hair due to something other than shock loss. most likely it is due to progression of androgenic alopecia.
many individuals have surgery and then stop using rogaine, propecia, or other medications. this can result in a sudden and severe form of hair loss following surgery. this type of hair loss will last longer than shock loss and often does not begin for months following a procedure. it will be much more extensive and affect many areas on the scalp, not just the areas that were treated with hair transplants.
shock loss will usually grow back and begin growing back 3 to 8 months after it began. the hair may not grow back with the same diameter though. in other words, it may grow back finer. if it grows back finer, the hair coverage will not be as good as before the procedure.
one of the best ways to limit shock loss is to do smaller procedures. this is not a guarantee that you will not get it though. certainly, the greater you dense pack an area, the more risk you will have of getting shock loss.
one of the best ways to treat shock loss is with Rogaine twice a day. of course, if you are on Rogaine, i would not recomend stoping it until after you new grafts have grown in. once you stop it though, you can expect a massive degree of hair loss.