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  1. FUE2579, did you have any growth from your surgery by the 6-th month? Were you not happy with your 6-th month result? Are the stubbles new or they've been there since the HT? Also have you started medication after your HT. At 10 months you may be seeing results from fin or min.
  2. 1. My punch was 0.7mm. I still don't have any results, so I don't know how good this punch size is. I'd stick with 0.8 or so. 2. 4800 grafts 3. 1-2 mm starts to get good. If you go below 1-1 something that's where it's noticeable. 4. 1-2 mm is optimal for me. 3-6 mm is still ok for me because I have some hair anyways.
  3. Hi, I had an HT 4 months ago and until it grows fully I am wearing it short. I did a buzzcut(not shave) around 1,5 months in. In normal light I don't see FUE scars, but the missing hairs are noticable and I think it gives you sort of poor-health appearance, but I can live with it. The optimal hair length is between 1 and 2 millimeters. Shorter that this you can see that some hairs are just missing from their spots. It also depends on the punch size, bigger punch sizes will likely produce more noticeable scars.
  4. I should mention that I also started minox 5% twice a day and nizoral 2% daily after the surgery, it's been 3 months on those or so. Don't know how much of a factor is it, but it can be a factor.
  5. Just to follow up on my promise to upload a few pics of mine for competition (I am not the OP and not a Demirsoy patient) http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/174853-presenting-my-case.html#post2400495
  6. Hi, guys, coming up on my 4th month anxiety soon. In this photo set I am posting a refresher before pic, follows the 10th day and then the rest are from the 113th day. All are flash photography but I think it's very representative of the real situation. A few spots are growing at slower rate it seems. I know it's very early now, just wanted to share some new photos. Let me know if you have any thoughts. Thanks.
  7. I am reading. I'd say it's quite interesting to follow someone who had surgery at around the same time, so that I can compare my results and mood "in real time". Like a competition lol.
  8. I had to wait 40-50 days. Other consultations I did had 5 months queue, up to 10 months. Many times doctors are able to give you an uncertain earlier date due to cancellations too, so these 10 months are worst-case. I think it varies by season as well. I probably should have done it in the winter to avoid the whole sunburn drama now.
  9. There is a safe zone and then there is the super-safe zone. The super-safe zone is rock-solid but smaller. And the safe zone is like 80-90% safe. Or so I've been told.
  10. While I 100% agree waiting a year on fin and minox is wise, I think the balding pattern is pretty clear. This means that you can treat your scalp as if you had no hair to begin with. A hair transplant will add density no matter what and it will stay there even when everything else sheds. I could be wrong, but doing a hair transplant now is just as good as doing it later and you do get the extra density for a few years. The safe donor zones are well known and not subject to change. Similarly the "safe recipient zones that are more likely to shed first are also well known with some probabilities involved. And even if it's wrong you can have a follow-up surgery 3-5 years later on. A doctor should be able to work on your scalp as if it's completely bald and add either diffuse density or concentrated density if he/you is a believer in the "don't commit to the crown" theory. If you demand a high-density hair you should be able to do it with hair transplant. You just have to trust your doctor to be smart and place the grafts according to the expected loss while preserving at least 50% for future corrections.
  11. Well I did it. Grade 1 now and looking badass. I will keep it this way until it grows. I didn't go to demisroy, I went with my nearest doctor with adequate results. Happy growing!
  12. I am 45 days behind you, still shedding. I hope I have as much progress as you at 3 months LOL. I do look a lot like you currently because I started with more hair. I am considering to trim my hair #1 or so may be try to blend it with the top. Only concern is if this would expose the donor extraction pattern too much, although it looks kinda cool. I think I will do it tomorrow, I've been conditioning myself to do it for a week now...
  13. How did they make the extractions? Manual, Artas?
  14. WOW, is this confirmed true? The Neograft is basically a dental drill and Artas looks like an OpenCV student project. Then you pay for some poor training. And then they charge per graft? LOL. That doesn't make sense, why would a competent doctor put up with this? Many Turkish doctors use literally dental drills or buy the motorized tools straight from alibaba. Edit: apparently you can buy one for 360 usd **outside link removed by Moderator**
  15. Hi home1212, when did your hairloss start and when did it become a big issue? I guess there is a difference if it starts late (40s-50s) versus being bald in your 20s.
  16. I am probably the odd one here, but I don't understand the logic behind waiting for the baldness to progress once you have a reasonable pattern emerging, especially with FUE. You either have enough donor area to cover everything eventually or you don't. Even at 50 years old it's the same yes/no question. But having hair at younger age is more valuable, so I think people don't have to wait, they just need to do the math and place a bet on the future loss. What if you just don't have enough donor area in the end? You settle with bald spots and poor density? I'd rather shave. Sure some people will miscalculate, but even then they can just work it out with body hair, moving back crown hair a little to the sides with another surgery or just shaving and fitting with micropigmentation if it's so bad. Here is a little picture of me with my bet. I have two whirls. Currently I mostly care about the next 10year window, but I feel it's manageable for more with the meds.
  17. Hi, here are some preliminary answers from a non-expert. 1. There is nothing significant in the trials pipeline currently to wait for. You may hope for a better price and more skilled doctors/technicians in 5-10 years. 2. With hair transplants you dont need the drugs, but you will want to do some drugs post-op to speed up the growth. I think it's not mandatory, I dont like drugs either, but after a month I feel like I can stick with it forever if it works. 3. This one is a controversial topic. I also wanted a backup plan to shave at some point. Obviously you have to do FUE. Even with FUE there will be little scars/traces. They can be minimized with smaller punch sizes. The good news is those can be concealed permanently with micro-pigmentation (tattoos) very successfully if you have dark hair and want to maintain a certain hair length. 4. I made peace with the fact that 50+ year old me will probably look a little strange, but also making a small bet on better technology that will remedy it. I am 31 now.
  18. It depends on your balding pattern I think, if you are hairline receder I agree, but you have full MBP then it's a different game. I am a big fan of FUE megasessions. For me, I was at the point where I had to choose between shaving completely or make a big move (4800 grafts, mostly 3s). FUT ruins your shaven look, so it had to be FUE with a small punch size to minimize the scars even if the transplant fails. I don't know how you guys count it, but for me the recovery time from HT is probably 6 months, 2 weeks off work. If you have to do it again, that will be another 6 months. A full year or more spent with less than initial hair. It's a serious fraction of your adult life. Plus, the bigger change, will have a bigger emotional boost I hope. All that being said, of course the doctor has to have demonstrated skill in the megasessions.
  19. I was wondering, if a hair is transected in FUE anywhere above the actual root, it shouldn't die and it should grow back. And that should be the case most of the time since the root is so small. Any idea?
  20. Oh thats new. I know they shed, but I thought they grow using some of the transplanted tissue and whatever bloodflow is around diffusely. I've seen this in a video where someone was arguing about transplanting more or less surrounding tissue in order to feed the initial growth. Your theory also makes sense to me, since even transected hairs come with the white pulp which will glue them in for a while and then shed with no FU surviving. Now i feel a little worse about my progress. Oh well... :eek:
  21. I'd love to see some expert opinion here as well. I did a lot of research and here is what I think. Once you are at 10 days post op you should see the hairs growing a little bit. This is a 100% guarantee the growing FUs survived and they weren't transected. However there are a few more risks after that which apply equally for FUE and FUT- if the FUs were implanted at suboptimal depth/angle they may fail to get proper blood supply later on. Sometimes you will see grafts that pop too high, which implies that they are positioned somewhat higher than their original depth. This can be adjusted with the angle or it might not matter at all. I think only grafts that are too deep are in danger, so most of the time it's not an issue. Even if depth wasn't a problem, sometimes they might not grow for various reasons such as infection (preventable) or inadequate healing physiology. I am 3 weeks post op. Pretty happy with the number of grafts that grew initially (survived), but still very anxious about the end result. If everything that grew initially makes it to the final result it will be awesome.
  22. I asked the doctor if I should get a spray like I've seen others here do it, but he told me not to, so I am sticking with that. What is the usual purpose of this spray, just for itching? This is from doctor Zarev in Sofia/Bulgaria, he is not known in this forum, but I like his results and he is located near me.
  23. The surgery was two days. First day crown - 2400 and second day hairline again 2400. The photos are taken 30 mins after the second day surgery in the clinic studio. I have more than 100 pictures from the clinic including microcamera, I can post more from different stages if it matters. You can see how the crown area is different from the fresh grafts in the frontal area, i think the crown is buried under a curst now.