I thought I'd share my experience so far. Writing things down will help me a little too, as I'm definitely feeling the blues right now.
My surgery was performed at the Harley Street Hair Clinic. Yep, the one that did Wayne Rooney's hair. That wasn't the deal breaker for me though. I'd looked at various clinics around and had consultations, but this clinic just 'felt' right to me some how. Only time will tell on that point though!
I had 2,000 grafts (FUE), which yielded around 3,600 hairs. The majority were implanted at the hairline, as I was receding quite a bit. My hairloss started around 24yrs (I'm now 32yrs). Like termites, my hairline slowly eroded over the years. I did have 200 grafts placed at the crown for early thinning.
Surgery was performed over 2 consecutive days. It was more painful the first day than the second. I bled quite a lot too and believe they used quite a lot of epinephrine to stem the blood.
Everything initially progressed as expected: scabbing, minor swelling etc. At 3 weeks, I started losing the transplanted grafts. Then there was the spotty stage and itching. The pinkness to the scalp remains even to this day at 2.5 months post op, though it is slowly fading.
Now, I know the 'Ugly Duckling' stage is called that for a reason, however, I'm immensely worried about the further loss of native hair around the recipient sites at the crown. What was a minimal problem, is now a big problem. I'm not sure if this diffuse loss is shock-loss? The clinic advise that the hair in the area was weak and will take longer to grow back and that I shouldn't worry. Yet I'm coming up to 3 months and I just don't see it coming back. I've attached some photos.
I guess I just need to be patient and wait and see what happens. I fear that I'll end up with a great hairline and now a balding egg at the back of my head!