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Old 08-28-2012, 11:55 PM
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Got a question for those that have gone through HT...

about two weeks ago i felt a little bump on my scalp and popped out this graft (see attached photos). it's roughly 1 cm long. the 2nd photo is after i remove the "stuff" off the bottom of the graft. notice the "J" or hook?

Does this look like a graft that never grew and just stayed in my scalp until i popped it out? I've had many grafts like this come out up until 6 months or so then this last one from two weeks ago. can anyone explain the hook at the bottom? is this normal?

i'm about 8.5 months post op now. i'll post new photos when i hit 9 month.

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:07 AM
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Just uploaded 9 months photos. Looking for some feedback.

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Old 09-19-2012, 06:15 AM
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Hey ckc,
Hows things?
Your 9 months pics look much better than you 6 months, there is definite improvemnet but it still seems that you are on the slow grower side. How are you feeling about your results at this stage? Have you spoken to H&W regarding any feedback? It would be interesting to see what their thoughts at this stage are.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:39 PM
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Hi Raphael,

I'm still crossing my fingers hoping I'm in fact a super slow grower but based on what I read here, most sprouts should occur by 8 - 9 month mark, after that it's just maturing of the new hairs.

In the beginning I was hoping I can report back a "home run" case but I know not everyone is that lucky so it is what it is. There's no doubt that I'll need a 2nd pass based on what I see right now unless some magic happens over the next few months.

I'm currently not mentally and physically prepared for a 2nd round yet. It has been a long journey thus far, especially due to how long my scalp stayed red/pink which I had to cover w/ a hat when going out for more than 6 months. My scalp is still tight so I'll need at least 3 - 4 months of scalp exercise before the next HT.

I've been in communication with H&W throughout my journey. Joe has been very helpful and supportive. If the result at the end is not where it should be, Joe said Dr. Wong will gladly touch it up.

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CKC,

I understand that you are not mentally ready to undergo another procedure right now. I think that applies to many patients who have recently undergone a HT and would like to just move past it for a while. Plus, it doesn't seem like you have had such an easy ride of it. As you mentioned, it does appear that your scalp stayed red for longer than the norm, and the current growth is not quite the "home run" that you would have liked. Do you have any photos of the top mid scalp area. It would be good to see how that part of the surgery has grown out.

You choice of surgeon cannot be questioned, and the fact that they stand by you and are there for you is a great option. You may not be ready for another session quite yet, but I wouldn't have though initially that a 2nd HT would be necessary. Perhaps however, the touch up mentioned by Jotronic could prove to be a great improvement.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:34 PM
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Raphael,

I don't have any photos of mid scalp area. I'll try taking a couple this weekend.

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Man, not too good so far. Hope it works out for you. It's a hell of a wait. Had you already dropped grafts by day 7? The density doesn't look that good there. Maybe you will have some growth going forward. Every doc has a patient or two that this happens to, it just has to really really suck when you are one of them.

I highly respect H&W and think they are top notch but I feel that a great outcome may be highly unlikely. I have never heard of losing grafts at six months. My hairs that fell had those little hooks in them too, but they fell from the 2 to 5 week mark. Let us know how it goes and what your plans are. Did they say how many total grafts you have? Luckily they gave you a very conservative hairline and maybe you can play catchup. Hopefully you are on mess to sustain what you have too. Good luck.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:42 PM
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Hi Spanker,

I don't recall shedding grafts in the first week post op. I was pretty much on target in regards to shedding of the grafts, with the exception of some that didn't come out till many months later.

The current plan is to give it another 3 months before deciding on a date for my 2nd trip to Vancouver.

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:58 AM
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1 year post op photos uploaded.

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:58 AM
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ckc,

Thanks for the update! What are your thought and feelings now at 12 months? Have you been in touch with the clinic or Jotronic regarding these most recent set of photos? It would appear that there has been some maturation and improvement from the 9 months photos, and therefore maybe some hope that things may still improve somewhat over the next couple of months, and that you may have been a VERY slow grower, but I would imagine that could be just wishful thinking. Things don't seem as dense as you would have liked pre HT!
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