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Old 05-16-2017, 10:50 PM
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3rd HT - Day 1:

Recently I had my 3rd hair transplant at the DermHair clinic in Redondo Beach. I came about a year ago for a one day session to add frontal density, but this time it was for three days and 4,000 grafts.

Prior to coming to L.A. I had emailed Dr. Umar my hopes for this next round and to find out what we could achieve. To start off the first day he did an assessment and documented my results up to this point. Coming in I thought the best approach would be to front load head derived grafts up front, mostly beard hairs, and in the future fill in my crown with body hairs but he suggested maintaining a mix throughout across the regions to maintain a more realistic appearance.

He also indicated that the hair at the front of my hairline coming into this procedure appeared to be all transplanted hair. Meaning that the existing native hair has gone away at this point. If you look at my photos from the the day of the first hair transplant, before I began, there was diffuse hairs up front, and receded. The photos after the 1st HT where my hair is buzzed down looks good for coverage. But by my post op 2nd HT photos you can see some of the loss already. I don't know if this is shock loss or not. I've been using minoxidil for some years. But at some point balding hair will leave permanently.

The work, then, would be to lower my hairline somewhat, push the receding points downwards, and to fill in the crown. Grafts used were derived from the scalp, beard and some from the chest for the front of the hairline. There was more remaining scalp hairs than I had thought were left over from the last HT and I have a surprisingly large amount of beard hairs left over after these three days. I had a lot to begin with in this process. Going into this HT I thought my beard would be mostly gone.

I find the work done by Dr. Umar and his technicians to be non-rushed and thorough. The first day 1,000 FUE grafts were done, and 1,500 on each of the next two. Going with this clinic I am aiming to obtain quality over quantity.

For this first day, the frontal hairline was determined, and I was told that this part usually takes a bit longer.





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Hi AB,

Congrats on the procedure. It looks like some of the grafts were taken from the side of your cheek and not just under the jaw? Is this the case? Is that okay in terms of the risk of facial scarring? Seems like a choice between having facial hair and head hair?

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Congrats on the procedure. It looks like some of the grafts were taken from the side of your cheek and not just under the jaw? Is this the case? Is that okay in terms of the risk of facial scarring? Seems like a choice between having facial hair and head hair?

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It heals pretty well for most people.I had some taken from side of face by Dr. Pradeep Sethi of Eugenix. It has healed without any scar. Some African Americans have tendency to have Keloid (exuberant scar tissue) so few test extractions might help in determining if that is the case.
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9 Day Post Op 3rd HT:

At this point the scabs are off and the healing well underway. The buzzed donor hair is growing back, whereas the transplanted grafts are held in place and should be falling out within a week. In my previous procedures, the transplanted hairs fall out about 10-14 days post op.

Minus the red inflammation, this is what my hairline should look like in about a year when the full yield is growing.




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fascinating case, hope you achieve the result you're looking for, keep us updated and best wishes healing and growing!
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At this point the scabs are off and the healing well underway. The buzzed donor hair is growing back, whereas the transplanted grafts are held in place and should be falling out within a week. In my previous procedures, the transplanted hairs fall out about 10-14 days post op.
And to speak of the devil, the hairs started to come out today. The DermHair clinic provides a bottle of liquid oil based 5% minoxidil and recommends buying three more for a four month supply. The idea is that oily minoxidil will better help the yield than using Rogaine foam or drops which will tend to dry out the skin.

I was rubbing some drops into my recipient areas tonight and saw some short hairs in my hands afterwards. It's going to be a long haul waiting for the results to grow back.
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Congrats on the procedure. It looks like some of the grafts were taken from the side of your cheek and not just under the jaw? Is this the case? Is that okay in terms of the risk of facial scarring? Seems like a choice between having facial hair and head hair?

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Yes, having reached 9,900 grafts, some are going to need to come from other places. Those who've had BHT from the beard, I've read it's typically done around the mandible, where missing hairs are not as visible. In my past procedures I've have up to my chin area used, as I recall. I'd have to check my photos to see if any was taken from the cheeks before this.

Coming out of this 3rd procedure, I still have a lot of beard hair coverage. I tend to shave twice a week as my skin doesn't react well to having it done every day. The growth helps conceal whatever surgical work has been done. When grafts are taken, they are spread out, so it's effect is further camouflaged. When I'm freshly shaven I do notice the small points where the grafts have been removed, but people don't see this unless I point it out and ask if it's noticeable.

Having a higher norwood level, going down the route of using more beard hairs than typical was a trade off I had to weigh. If I'm happy with the yield on my scalp, then perhaps I don't need to use anymore beard donors in the future. It would be great to keep what beard I have left and to have good coverage up top.

I was told by Dr. Umar that I have about 4,000 grafts that I could use from my arms and about 2,000 from the chest and abdomen. Once my results are known I'll have to see what my needs are for uniform coverage. It takes a lot of hairs to fill in an empty crown area, so I'll see how far long this HT got me towards that.
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