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Old 06-13-2018, 01:15 AM
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Who is your doc and do you not trust him?

Try to not stress about an arbitrary number that alone, really has no meaning.

Did you pic a doc that has a bunch of unhappy patients?

You will definitely care about your hair in 6 years, so, doing the right thing for the long run is always a good idea.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:30 AM
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I agree with spanker in having some patience ..we in a hairloss battle .. itís a lifelong war ..
But I totally understand where u coming from .. honestly I think ur first surgery should of included ur temple points , so u didnít have to go through this second surgery .. but look on the bright side , u have ur hairline n temple points filled out now ..ur 3 rd procedure should give u the density u want .. n ur crown seems to be intact , so u can focus on ur midscalp for that density u desire .. how is ur donor area looking ? How many grafts do u have left? N what Norwood were u befor the transplant ?
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:40 AM
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Having a natural look is infinitely more important than big time density.
I agree.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:13 AM
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The 17% number is from the doc, it's how much hair I have in the transplanted zone. Compared to 100% being what I had there before balding. That's overall, he specified that it's more in some areas, less in others.
17 % is a very odd number.
Are you sure that this is not just miscommunication? Maybe you had around 17 % hair remaining before the surgey. To transplant 17 % of your original desnsity does not make any sense.

One more comment: Your regime is very (!) aggresive with 5 mg FIN and DUT on top.
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:44 PM
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Who is your doc and do you not trust him?

Did you pic a doc that has a bunch of unhappy patients?
I'm not gonna say his name but you all know him and he's one of the best, unquestionably. That's why him trying to push this overly conservative approach and telling me to just accept having low density in the front is so terrifying. He has great pictures of dense-packing on his website and posted in these forums.

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You will definitely care about your hair in 6 years, so, doing the right thing for the long run is always a good idea.
If I can't get my hair to a point where I feel comfortable participating in society then I'm going to be an empty shell of a person at 40 anyway.

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Try to not stress about an arbitrary number that alone, really has no meaning.
Hope you're right. So let me put it this way then, I would be a NW3A without the surgeries. I know it varies but is 2350 grafts conceivably enough to take NW3A to a dense appearance?

I'm worried about density because the implanted hairs look so unnatural on my head in any areas that aren't dense. Like really, obviously unnatural. I don't know if it's my hair characteristics or it just hasn't been long enough yet. I'm 7.5 months from the first procedure now.
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:58 PM
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I agree with spanker in having some patience ..we in a hairloss battle .. itís a lifelong war ..
But I totally understand where u coming from .. honestly I think ur first surgery should of included ur temple points , so u didnít have to go through this second surgery .. but look on the bright side , u have ur hairline n temple points filled out now ..ur 3 rd procedure should give u the density u want .. n ur crown seems to be intact , so u can focus on ur midscalp for that density u desire ..
Thanks, I'm really trying to stay positive. I know I should wait to book the 3rd procedure but this extended social isolation is driving me nuts. I don't know if I can risk waiting another 7-24 months (when the 1st procedure will be grown out vs. what the doctor recommended) PLUS another 14 months for that to grow in.

I actually work from home so I have it easier than most in that sense, I don't know how people do this. I sure don't want anyone I know seeing what I've been looking like the past few years.


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how is ur donor area looking ? How many grafts do u have left? N what Norwood were u befor the transplant ?
I attached some pics of the donor, I should probably ask the doc on # of grafts left, I'm not sure. He's taken less out of the left side than the back and right, so far.

I was NW2A before the 1st transplant but my natural hair pattern (ignoring grafts) is definitely at least NW3A now, maybe even NW4A.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:03 PM
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17 % is a very odd number.
Are you sure that this is not just miscommunication? Maybe you had around 17 % hair remaining before the surgey. To transplant 17 % of your original desnsity does not make any sense.
Yeah I'm sure, I discussed it with him again in my more recent visit. Why would you say it doesn't make sense? It's low certainly but I get the impression he's just being conservative.

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One more comment: Your regime is very (!) aggresive with 5 mg FIN and DUT on top.
I did that for 2 years but I'm not on it anymore, I dropped the DUT and am just doing FIN 1.25mg/daily now.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:30 PM
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I also would like to see your hair grown out to at least 3 inches or more.

I think it looks great and find it very hard to believe that it's only 17% density.

As others have said, give it time and yes waiting can be the hardest thing to do post-op but you owe it to yourself because it is indeed a life long plan in restoring one's hair.

It is the visual result that counts, not the numbers...
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