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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Discuss and share your photos, experiences and results related to the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure, including its advantages, disadvantages and who is an ideal candidate.

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Old 08-04-2016, 03:11 AM
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Default Week 1

I felt fine the first day or so. I purchased more pads to cover my pillow. A cheap way is to grab some disposable underpads at the drug store and use them on your pillow.

It took almost the full 10 days after the procedure for the fluids to drain from my head. During that time I look like a warped football, puffy and swollen.

During the first week back I had two terrible nights of sleep. Id wake up completely drenched in sweat, forcing me to change clothes and lay a towel down on the bed. Then Id wake up completely chilled to the bone. My teeth were literally chattering. This cycle happened about every hour. During the day I was okay however, just really drained. Im not sure what caused the fever. Perhaps it was the combination of the treatment and the long travel times.

Sleeping was a challenge to not lay on the new areas. I found propping two pillows up and rolling the top one backwards so it supported my neck and lower head was a good way to keep my head steady and relax my body for sleep.


For washing my hair, I took a small Protein Shaker container and put a small amount of shampoo they supplied, closed the lid, and shook it up in the shower. Id then pour the shampoo water over my head. Id unscrew the cap and let the remaining shampoo foam sit on top of my head for several minutes. Then itd rinse it off by pouring water on my head again no direct shower spray.

Towards the end of the week when it looked like the scabs were loosening up, I spent 15-30 minutes in front of a magnifying mirror to nudge off the scabs AFTER my shower rinse. This involved taking a Q-Tip and slowly, carefully, rolling it next to the follicle and away from the scalp. If it didnt want to move at all I left it alone for the next day. If it looked like it was free from the scalp and only hanging on because it was wrapped around the follicle, this technique helped pull it off. Having been in the shower for awhile made it soft enough to roll off. I did this for several days.


At one point I nudged my forehead wrong either sleeping or taking off a shirt. This dislodged a follicle and started to bleed. I took photos to mark the locations so I could see how it was affected weeks later.


Also after returning home I realized my original Desired Goal photo would not be possible with this recent change. My hairline would have to be lowered more than it is now. I'd also have to have a deeper peak in the center. Right now it's higher and flatter. Because of this I made a new "Possible Goal" photo to fit the current hairline Dr. Lorenzo gave me.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:13 AM
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And here I am now – all swelling gone. Scabs n’ Bits all carefully cleaned off. My scalp is still red.

It’ll be that way for another 10-20 days if it goes as expected. That’s all the blood vessels becoming active to the new follicles. Sort of like a field reacting to new trees being planted. I’m told the numbness should go away too in this time frame.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:15 AM
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No hair has fallen out yet. My scalp is still red and numb.

I started taking this supplement recommended by one of the Technicians called Pilfood. It's from the UK. It says it takes 3 months to notice anything. Perhaps this coincides with the 3 month cycle hair growth has.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:18 AM
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Hair is now falling out for this “shock loss” period. Now the waiting begins...

I carefully trimmed my stable hair to match the length of my moved hair. My head’s still red in the new area, so it’s hard to miss.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:20 AM
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Not much has changed, except almost all new hair is gone. I think my scalp is less red, but it’s still noticeable. I’ve trimmed my normal hair again to keep it closer to the same length. You can spot the crazy dense areas. I can only hope when the new hair grows it it’ll also be closer to the same density or color to help even out the changes in value.

I’m still having lots of issues with ingrown hairs from the donor area. I’ve soaked them and gently rubbed around them to help them.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:57 AM
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Nice write up Redcut.....I have been to Dr. Lorenzo twice......once a year ago last August 2015 (25 & 26) when he put 2751 grafts in my crown.....My results were great (In my opinion) and two weeks ago in July 2016 (20 & 21) when he put 2802 grafts in my front and top.....hoping for as good of results as my crown.....Im probably gonna post my results up all at once when my front and top come in.

I had a lot more area to cover than you, with 4301 grafts in the smaller areas you have to cover I will bet you will look like you've never lost a hair when that all comes in.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:16 PM
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Looking good!! Congrats on your procedure!! Your procedure looks good! In a few months you're gonna be rocking some awesome hair!!

Was Dr Lorenzo insistent on a more mature hairline or was he open to it being changed to your liking?
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Old 08-04-2016, 05:29 PM
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How many hairs is that?
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Old 08-04-2016, 05:49 PM
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I think this is the most detailed write-up I've ever seen on any forum lol. Good for you man. With the amount of grafts for the area I think this should be a killer result. Good luck and grow well.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:46 PM
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Nice write up Redcut.....I have been to Dr. Lorenzo twice......once a year ago last August 2015 (25 & 26) when he put 2751 grafts in my crown.....My results were great (In my opinion) and two weeks ago in July 2016 (20 & 21) when he put 2802 grafts in my front and top.....hoping for as good of results as my crown.....Im probably gonna post my results up all at once when my front and top come in.

I had a lot more area to cover than you, with 4301 grafts in the smaller areas you have to cover I will bet you will look like you've never lost a hair when that all comes in.
Definitely post your results! It helps to understand the general possibilities.

I'm naturally anxious to get beyond this 4-5 month period. Right now I look worse than I did going in because of the scalp issues. I'm generally thinking I'd go back for another 2000 grafts to complete everything if the funds, time, and donor spots are available.

My crown is looking solid and already has more cover in this temporary period than I originally had. I remember Lorenzo spending a lot of time on that area. I would've preferred more time up front. I didn't know at the time however. He had a large loss on his crown years ago which helped motivate him more to improve FUE techniques.
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