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17 Week update
I'm finally able to see some difference between my pictures from week 13 and week 17. Frontal hair has grown further, not densely packed as I had hoped them to be but it's only been 4 months - hoping them to be dense by 6 months as it looks strange at the moment with wavy hair, fingers crossed. I can see some improvement in the crown area but it has been a slow progress, scalp is still visible with thin hair.
Im continuing with the Fin, Biotin and Minox 5% everyday.
Let me know your thoughts.
There are two problems with your observation.
1. Your forelock was noticeably miniaturized throughout and placing within it was the right move. This patient's forelock is thin around the perimeter, not within the forelock itself, and while it is not native density, it is considerably more dense than your own and with more obviously terminal hairs, and there was no need to add anything to it. Why would Dr. Cooley want to make the thickest area of the patient's scalp thicker when the rest of his scalp was bald? That doesn't make sense.
2. You present a contradiction. How can a more natural result be achieved by focusing all of the grafts near the front? Is "density" your definition of natural? The density could of course go higher but then that would mean the coverage to the vertex would not have been achieved. All of the grafts would need to go up front to blend the density with the forelock and little coverage would have been achieved in the mid-scalp and none on the vertex. It comes down to simple math.
I can appreciate if your taste would call for a different approach but what meets one's taste does not always meet with what is practical.
It sounds like dead hair from the grafts that did not leave your scalp but the crusts did? You can potentially use a little more pressure to scrub your scalp in the shower with your fingertips to remove the dead hair. That should do the trick.