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Old 09-26-2012, 08:53 PM
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Also curious if anyone knows an answer to this.... When the grafts were placed, the hair within them was trimmed short (obviously). So to look at me the hair looked like small stubble. Over the next 1-2 weeks the hair grew until it looked like a buzz cut, then most fell out. Though not all.... at 3 weeks when I had to return to work I cut them with an electric razor so it wouldn't look weird.

Is this an indication the grafts actually took? i.e. if a graft dies, does it continue to push out a hair and grow?

Just wondering if this is an indicator of graft survival.


Now if only this stupid redness / pinkness would go away :-) Hydrocortisone 2.5% is doing little......
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:04 PM
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Yes by all indications, the grafts took. You are right on target for those "stubbles" to fall out. The reason they continued to grow immediately post-op was because they still remained in the growing phase (anagen), and then at roughly three weeks post-op they began to cycle into the resting phase (telogen) where they will remain dormant. After resting for approximately 3-4 months they will re-enter the growth phase again and you will begin to see the regrowth appearing above the scalp line.

The transplanted follicles re-enter the growth phase intermittently and that's why it takes up to one full year for the procedure to manifest itself completely. You should see lots of regrowth between the 4th and 6th month or so. Obviously there are some differences between patients, but those times frames are the average across most patients.

The best is yet to come my friend so enjoy your soon coming transformation!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:59 AM
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wouldnt it be great if the newly planted grafths never went into a dormant phase, that would be awsome, and grew once they were implanted.a dream for all ht patients.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:14 PM
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wouldnt it be great if the newly planted grafths never went into a dormant phase, that would be awsome, and grew once they were implanted.a dream for all ht patients.
Actually, I prefer them to go dormant. At least for me, with a very bald NW6 scalp, it looks quite weird to have a "buzzcut" look on top with a deep red scalp underneath.

I like the slow and more subtle approach... scalp goes back to normal complexion... and you look like you did before the procedure..... 2 -3 months later, some follicles start waking up and gradually growing thin hair that gets thicker as it grows longer.
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I also prefer a more subtle transition!
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