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  1. Don’t worry John Rahal will tweak anything that needs it. He is not one to deny when things things don’t go as well as they could have. So you are safe on that end. Let it grow out though to get the full effect. The area you are concerned about is a small area and an easy fix to add some density. He will probably do it for free as well. He is that kind of guy. Don’t think about it for now but let it grow out. Take pics of the area monthly like you have been and it will show the area did not reject the grafts but that none were placed. It won’t take much to fill and he will fill others areas that were transplanted but didn’t grow too. So it’s a win win. Oh and he will probably do this one himself since it os in their design. Good luck.
  2. Whatever you do: do not touch the recipient area for 7-14 days. If you feel you can't apply the ice pack to the donor area without touching the new grafts then don't do it. Maybe use a small, narrower ice pack
  3. The potency of many drugs remains stable for many years/decade post expiration date. Storage conditions play a role in its stability but that goes for drugs not "expired" as well so... "Used by" variable re: potency of a drug is just a guide. I think you made a good deal.
  4. Congrats on your progress! Looks great! More importantly, thank you for your service. Be safe dude
  5. Looks very good. Congratulations. Maybe you can FUE a few hundred into the areas you feel need more. Probably very easy to hide with your long hair.
  6. Stay on the Rogaine and get on Propecia for at least a year. Vertex (crown) probably won't be an issue anymore and you will even see improvement in mid-scalp as well. Then you can how you want to address the hairline. You may not need to. Don't rush this. A hair transplant, for most, is a tool in the box of hair loss solutions. A one and done HT approach is not for most. A multi-therapy approach will best way to maintain what you have and prepare your scalp for future surgery.
  7. Yes, those tiny flakes of blood are normal. Looking good.
  8. I agree with what you have noticed and with what people have commented on in person without provocation. Good news is that you have great density and an easy fix with a "FUE" singles to soften it a bit, especially if you want to style your hair as you do with an exposed hairline Go on a few consults with some hairline docs that you like, such as Matt J's. Looking good
  9. Fin and/or Dut plus Rogaine would so have a very high likelihood of solving the crown and donor issues in a year then FUE the hairline a bit and you are good to go.
  10. Hey benny Not sure if overseas means Europe or North America but if Europe you can plan some consults into your travels. Some of the best FUE surgeons are located in London and the continent. You may have to wait a bit to get an actual surgerical date as well. On the consults you will find out if there is a consensus upon examination if your vision for your hair is possible and if it is appropriate given your age etc. Have a great trip and have fun with the consults.
  11. Do you have any photos of graft placement immediately post op It does look fuller in some sections but hard to compare photos since hair is parted/matted in different areas. Overall I can see how you would think the 6 month post op looks the same as the pre-ops but that is probably not the case on a closer look
  12. looking good even at 5+ months great design yes any change in regimen, including increase strength of minoxidil, can cause a bit of a shed. this will return. Plus could be a little shock from the surgery that put some follicles into sleep mode.(yes this is possible even though the HT was at the front). This will return as well Congrats on your results so far
  13. Looking great! I hear you re: styling dry post HT. Seems it always looks better with a bit of product But most non-HT people use/need styling products as well. Congratulations!
  14. HT procedure is a process. Very few patients are one and done. Expect improvement not perfection. But realize there are no guarantees. Don't be deterred by this; just aware. You have chosen a respected doctor so and will be fine. It is worth the money to be in trusted hands. Go into it knowing that sometimes it may take a few passes to get it to where you want it. Update your progress. This site is great support.
  15. Heard this same description from a few patients. Can't get better than this. Great to see FUE posts from this doctor. Happy Growing
  16. Looks like your hair can be saved with Propecia and Rogaine Rogaine 2x/day no lapses for one year To judge results Propecia 1x day no lapses for one year To judge results You will be impressed by results from these two meds only if used in this manner Then and only then decide on HT I would not consider any survey before doing this
  17. get on finesteride for a year before surgery this will delay any further recession but this will also be a lifetime commitment though For you a HT will most likely not be a "one and done" type of surgery. It is not for many young people seeking HT. just keep that in mind. it looks like you have not only deep temporal recession but also recession/thinning in the central hairline as well, so the amount of grafts depends on the design of your procedure this is not to say your hair doesn't look great the way it is. but if you want to go down the road of HT(s) to start filling in the front, you have to be aware, like you are, about what may happen 3-5 years down the line.
  18. It's way too early to tell anything or do anything to the area but maybe start applying minoxidil. Just be aware once you start minoxidil, it should be a lifelong commitment. Although I have heard of people using it for the first 6 months post transplant and then stopping. But this was on the recipient area. Minoxidil to the area, nothing to the area and waiting are the only things you can do regardless of the reason for the patchiness. Could be shockloss, could be overharvesting in a certain design. In either case, you just have to hang tight and wait to see if it grows back to give the coverage you want at the buzz cut length you want to style it. Sorry but waiting is something HT patients have to endure. It should correct itself totally by month 8 but you will see improvement way before that. Happy growing
  19. Although the doctor says the scar has stretched more than normal, the result of the stretching may not need any further cosmetic attention. You will have to wait though and see what it looks like. Just know that it may not look bad at all. A scar "stretched wider than normal" may not be noticeable depending on how much hair grows through the incision itself and the characteristics of that hair, which in your case looks thick and course (a good thing).
  20. Not really. Though FUE grafts are usually spread out so there is no perceptible pattern, you had a small FUE procedure so it won't matter once the shock loss Comes back. Meaning you won't notice when hair is as short as your pic. Of course, If you Keep hair longer until the shock loss returns it will not be noticed at all. Give it till the fall or xmas. You'll be fine.
  21. It is too soon after the procedure to tell what will eventually happen. You may have a bit of shock loss around the donor area but this is normal and will usually come back in 5-6 months. Don't fret about it now though you have a long way to grow both recipient and donor. You may want to start some minoxidil in the area but once you start you should not stop...ever, really because you will shed what you gained. Also initially you may have a bit of a shedding as well. Although it will grow hair if you use as directed. So just be aware. You should be fine in a several months once the shock loss recovers.