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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years
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    Norwood III
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    Maintain and Regrow Hair
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  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
    Yes
  • Hair Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. Parsa Mohebi
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  1. Yes. Exactly. It will go through the same cycle as all the other hairs, and given that donor hair is typically resistant to DHT, the idea is that it won't be susceptible to MPB. Therefore even when it "falls" based on the hair cycle, it will come back.
  2. pkipling

    Top 3 WORST Hairstyles For Balding Men

    Haha! Yes, those examples aren't the best. I'm particularly thinking of some guys I know in my life who seem to pull it off rather well - and I guess the larger point is that aside from buzzing down completely or getting a HT, I don't know what other alternative these guys have. (Unless they want a hair system - but there seems to be a greater stigma around those than even HTs or a really bad hairstyle.)
  3. It takes about a week for the grafts to be anchored (most being anchored after the first 72 hours), but it takes at least 3 months for those hairs to start growing. Like LaserCap said, it's very similar to a tree... It can be rooted and stable, but it will still take time for significant growth to be established - at minimum 3 months.
  4. No, mine was pretty much undetectable, but since I had FUE I was also able to buzz it down extremely short so that there was barely a difference in length between the donor/virgin part of my scalp and the recipient area. The strip scar makes this method of concealing the HT a little trickier. Is your hair long enough that you're able to cover the recipient area with at least moderate success/effectiveness? And if not, is wearing a hat an option? I wore a 50s style paper boy hat to work for the first month, so that it was still professional. At the time, I was very secretive about my HT, so I concocted a little story for my employers about a medical procedure I had to have done and that the doctor ordered me to keep my head covered. Since it was a medical situation, they didn't push the issue and graciously allowed me to do this without a full on interrogation.
  5. Yep! And with time, the new hairs will mature and get thicker as well. They start out fine and wispy and then continue to thicken over the course of 12-18 months.
  6. How short can you shave the back and sides so that the strip scar doesn't show? And how do you think it would look if you went ahead and buzzed everything down to that length? I kept mine uniformly buzzed all over until around months 3/4, but I had FUE so I was able to go a little bit shorter than you may be able to with the strip... If you're able to go ahead and do a uniform buzz all over and still have the strip concealed, that would be the best bet.
  7. Totally normal. However, there's no way to know for sure if these are new hairs that are shedding or if they're native hairs that were on the last leg of the growth cycle. Either way, try not to get in the habit of overanalyzing your hair and the progress you're making. It's relatively early in the process for you, and I found the best thing I did to help relieve stress was not to not examine my hair on a daily basis. Trust that it's all working as it's designed to, and maybe get a personal status report once every two weeks or so. Otherwise, you might drive yourself crazy.
  8. I think you're fine at 10 months as well. We tell our patients to avoid the sun for 6 months, but sun exposure is one of those things that varies from surgeon to surgeon in terms of how long you need to avoid it. If it were me, I wouldn't panic at all if that eases your mind at all. (Also, your work looks incredible!)
  9. Glad you didn't totally panic. It does seem like you may have dislodged a couple grafts, but as the others said - it won't make a cosmetic difference... Funny how we could probably count on two hands the times we've bumped our heads in life - but of course when it's crucial that we don't do it is when it somehow happens. There's probably a lesson in there about being human and the power of the mind and whatnot, I'm sure.
  10. I don't think the grafts falling out sooner has an effect on when they will start growing back. The grafts will ultimately start growing when they feel like it - and for some people, significant growth can start as early as month 3, and for others it may be later. I wouldn't worry about it too much, as there's nothing you can do to speed up the process. If your grafts haven't shed, leave them be and be grateful for the extended coverage while you wait on the permanent cycle to start.
  11. pkipling

    Top 3 WORST Hairstyles For Balding Men

    I tend to agree with the combovers, but the "long sides/bald top" doesn't seem too bad (depending on just how long they let the sides grown, of course ). In fact, it reads to me like someone who has just accepted their hair for what it is and allows it to grow how it grows. Given that not everyone sees a HT as a viable option, and may not want a buzz cut or a hair system, I can't think of another alternative. But definite NO to the combovers. 🙂
  12. pkipling

    2 questions

    Seasonal sheds are a thing, and you'll notice with time that they are cyclical. There are times when my hair is thinner than others, but it's all a natural part of the hair growth cycle, so don't panic when you see this happen. It's all normal and to be expected.
  13. I successfully kept mine a secret, but it involved concocting an alternative story as to why I was wearing a hat at work and then as to why I buzzed my head about a month after. Once I started seeing results, I started having a lot fewer hangups about it and began being more open about it. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't be as secretive with it. Everyone that knows is extremely supportive, find it fascinating, have tons of inquisitive questions, and many of them come to me when they have a friend or a boyfriend who's struggling with hair loss and wants to discuss it. The stigma isn't anywhere near what I think we might fear it is - and my experience is that it's always received very positively. It's simply not worth the stress of trying to hide it.
  14. Very informative article and thought provoking. The short answer for me would be that yes - I think it's a very good idea to at give it a go with a buzzed head and see if it's something you can get used to. Worst case scenario, you hate it and it grows back within a few weeks. Best case scenario, you find that it's a look you either love (or could learn to love) and could save yourself a lot of time, money, and potentially multiple procedures by not going down the road of pursuing something that may be difficult to attain (or impossible, depending on your expectations.)
  15. Definitely post a thread with your results and document your journey - whether the surgeon is on the recommended list or not. If you're concerned about removing the staples, is there a third option where you can go to your general physician so that you're spending time/money flying back to the HT surgeon? Sleep elevated. It will be uncomfortable but you'll reduce the risk of facial swelling if you do. I had FUE, and in hindsight, I wish I would've buzzed my entire head from the very beginning. With FUT, that may not be as viable of an option. The hairstyle may not be ideal, but looking back, that ugly duckling phase hardly holds any water as a significant memory, so maybe that will help put your mind at ease about the appearance concerns after the procedure.
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