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  1. 1 point
    So, some of the feedback I've gotten lately got me thinking... I wanted to see what my yield and growth really look like, in reality, and without bias, so I took (as you might expect) an analytical approach. I took 22 photos of the transplanted area of my scalp with a digital microscope and overlaid a box 1/9th of a square cm over each one (see Figures 1 through 22 below). I then counted the hairs with roots inside the box (mature hairs tagged with yellow dots at the hair bases and immature hairs tagged with orange dots). I tried to place the boxes where I could clearly see hair bases, so as not to count hairs from outside the sample areas. I entered these values into a model that scaled them up by 9, estimated total follicular units per square centimeter, and compared against my expected targets for this point in time (see Charts 1 and 2 below). I know this seems like a lot of work -- possibly too much -- but it felt like a better use of my time and energy than sitting around handwringing. Plus, to be honest, I kind of enjoy it. Anyways, Chart 1 below shows how far along I should be, in general, based on normal hair transplant growth timelines. It also shows how many follicular units and hairs should be in each square centimeter based on that information. Chart 2 compares where I actually am in each sample area to where I should be at this time, then projects forward into the future. It would appear that graft survival is probably not my issue. There are some areas that are weaker than others, but on average, there are about 46 follicular units per square centimeter. If there were no native hairs, but a 90% yield rate for transplanted hairs, I'd be expecting 45 follicular units per square centimeter. If I assume that all the hair is transplanted, rather than native, this means that I have a 90% current yield rate and will have a 92% final expected yield rate at the end of 12 months. I think 46 follicular units per square centimeter would normally be enough to provide a dense appearance. On the other hand, while the number of popped hairs seems to be on track, maturation appears to be where things are lagging a bit for me. At this point in time, if I were a normal grower, 78% of the popped transplanted hairs should have been mature. However, across all the sample areas, only 65% were mature, on average. Dr. Koray's coverage formula, if I remember correctly, is [follicular units]*[number of hairs per follicular unit]*[hair caliber]; you need a coverage value of at least 5 for the hair to appear dense. In order to estimate my coverage values, I assumed my immature hair was half the caliber of the mature hair. Currently, about half of my sample areas meet the threshold of 5, but the average coverage value for the entire area is 5.1, which is passable (but barely). However, when I factor in the extra months of growth I have ahead of me (both extra popping and maturation), at least four more of the sample areas should flip to exceed the coverage value threshold of 5, and my average coverage value increases to at least 5.75. Note that I'm assuming at least 50% of the "immature" hairs I counted are actually miniaturized native hairs which will not thicken and grow; if I assume that all of these small, fine hairs are immature transplanted hairs, I could end up seeing an average ultimate coverage value of 6.31 with my current yield of 92%. In short, I think I still have good reason to be optimistic, in spite of what some people on here may believe. Not everyone is done developing at 9-10 months (in fact, most people aren't). Since I appear to be a "slow maturer," or at least slower than normal, I'm going to wait until around 18 months to make a final judgment. That gives me another 8.1 months of maturation from today. Chart 1 Chart 2 Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 10 Figure 11 Figure 12 Figure 13 Figure 14 Figure 15 Figure 16 Figure 17 Figure 18 Figure 19 Figure 20 Figure 21 Figure 22
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    Yeah it looks nothing like 5000 hairs because....it wasn't, at least according to one of your earlier posts - 3100 hairs. Overall it looks like a solid result to me.
  3. 1 point
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  4. 1 point
    Thnk you mate still early but I’m happy so far and yeah no signs of any scaring or anything wrong on the removed grafts he used a very thin punch to remove them
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    Just at the starting growth point so looks like normal progress. 👍🏻
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    Well, I don't think it's infection Thanks God. I sent all the scalp photos to the clinic's advisor, It's looks clean job and pretty similar to yours. It's just this pain that peaked few days ago and of course, if it won't drop in a week or two or so, I'll get it check more seriously. My Surgery was 2 long days, I had 4100 grafts. (I'm still on the fence starting my thread with photos and all, but eventually I might just do it.) Absolutely world class Dr! and I'm crossing my fingers ( hands and legs) for both of us.
  7. 1 point
    Clearly that result needs repair but please be careful. i can understand what your goin through as my situation is shit as well. I really think you need to get consults from a few more docs before you decide just to get an idea on what the common treatment plan may be. Its frustrating and very sorry to see you goin through this. Best wishes and i hope you get it resolved based on your original treatment goals.
  8. 1 point
    There are no perfect clinics, so you're not going to find one. There are certainly some very good ones, but if after contacting 30 clinics you are still not ready to go through with it, then maybe you should take a step back and stop thinking about a hair transplant for a while and spend a few months to see how you feel about yourself. It's OK to decide not to have a hair transplant. Some men shave their heads and are fine with that. Some men think there are other things they would rather do with their money. Take a little while and just look at your life and where you want to go and how you see yourself 5 or 10 years from now. Not just the hair part of it, but everything overall. Where do you want to be in life and how can you get there. If after a while of thinking about that you realize you really want your hair back (or decide hair isn't a big deal to you), then you'll be in a much better position to make a decision that's right for you and you probably won't be so paranoid about it. Another thing you can do to make your list of clinics smaller and feel better about a decision to go with a certain clinic is to take some time to decide what style and type of hair transplant suits you best. Most Drs seem to have a certain style of doing hair transplants. What I mean is one Dr will usually do straight hairlines, another will usually do rounded hairlines, and others will usually do widows peak type of hair lines. Then there's some who are much more conservative and do high hairlines, ones who usually do aggressive, low hairlines, some do much more temple point work than others, etc. Find out what you would want your hair to look like and then look at photos from those 30 clinics and weed out the ones who don't generally do the look you want to see yourself with. Look at some older photos of yourself with hair. Most people generally want to get back to their previous look. If that's what you want then find a clinic who seems to create that type of look. Some of the clinics you rule out may be excellent at hair transplants and have a ton of great results, but if you're not going to feel like the look is "you" when it's done, then you will have been better off choosing someone else. Don't be afraid to rule out great clinics due to that.
  9. 1 point
    18 days post op time goes fast but slow at the same time I just want my native hair to grow a bit more so I won’t look like I had a transplant which will take such a Weight off my shoulders what you guys think so far ? Also haven’t had shed all the transplanted hair yet